jobby: Lead Lighter/Compositor, Arc Productions, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

arc logo, animation jobs, animation siteArc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto is looking for a Lead Lighter Compositor to join our team. With over 450 artists and technical directors and the most up to date resources available, we bring the vision to both major Hollywood studios and independent producers to life in a wide array of formats: theatrical features, television, DVDs, shorts and game cinematics.

JOB TITLE: Lead Lighter Compositor
DEPARTMENT: Lighting/Compositing
REPORTS TO: Lighting Supervisor & Head of Lighting/Compositing POSITION OVERVIEW

The Lead Lighter/Compositor leads an assigned team in ensuring that all lighting deliverables are completed fully and in line with the production schedule and the Director’s overall vision. This role is responsible for look development and plans out sequences for an assigned project, leads visual development work and testing work if needed, and ensures resolution of technical issues. The Lead Lighter/Compositor attends lighting reviews for all assigned sequences, and is required to light a personally assigned quota of key shots and production shots based on creative direction from key stakeholders.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead assigned team in ensuring that all lighting deliverables are completed fully and in line with production schedule and Director’s overall vision

 

  • Support team members by providing artistic direction and assisting with technical difficulties
  • Assign work to team members based on individual specialties, and oversee individual progress and performance
  • Maintain production schedules for project and provide regular team progress updates for Assistant Production Manager
  • Monitor rendering efficiencies throughout layer setup and comp networks of key shots before they are released for propagation
  • Review and ensure sequence continuity for all lighting shots prior to review by Lighting Supervisor/Director/Clients
  • Light personally assigned quota of key shots and production shots based on creative direction from Lighting Supervisor and VFX Supervisor
  • Ensure that personally assigned shots are completed according to schedule, and communicate timeline and delivery schedule issues to the appropriate stakeholder(s)
  • Build layers and comp networks to be used for propagation
  • Attend lighting reviews for assigned sequences
  • Ensure resolution of technical issues

 

  • Troubleshoot and debug shot problems
  • Escalate technical issues as required
  • Work on look development for assigned project and plan out assigned sequences
  • Lead visual development work and testing if needed
  • Collaborate with members of other departments as necessary to ensure proper completion of shots and to ensure a smooth production
  • Ensure efficient organization of individual work/files
  • Assist Department Head by providing feedback for the annual performance review process
  • Remain current and up-to-date in lighting techniques through industry research and training
  • Depending on the project, may generate sequence breakdown and select key shots
  • Perform additional duties as required

 

 

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • 5+ years of CG lighting and compositing experience in a Maya production environment, with proven knowledge of and skills in each (prior Lead experience an asset)
  • Feature Film experience required
  • Advanced working knowledge of Maya’s lighting techniques and a thorough knowledge of Mental Ray
  • Advanced knowledge of Fusion or similar node-based compositing package
  • Strong background in traditional art / photography with an excellent sense of light and colour theory
  • Completed post-secondary education classical or 3D animation, art fundamentals, or other relevant area of study
  • Superior creative and technical problem solving skills with the ability to check own work
  • Python and UNIX knowledge an asset
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with key stakeholders (i.e. other departments, production, clients, etc…)
  • General understanding of animation styles and techniques as well as an excellent comprehension of animation production for film and/or television
  • Great understanding of the animation production pipeline as a whole with an understanding of adjacent department workflows as well as how the Lighting and Compositing Department interacts with the overall production process
  • Ability to learn quickly and comprehend custom in-house production tools
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and willingness to take initiative in a team environment
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, meet tight deadlines, and perform to standard in a fast-paced environment
  • High level of independence and strong sense of reliability

     

 

 

Thank you for your interest but only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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