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jobby: Lead Modeler, Arc Productions, Toronto

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 Modeler to join our team. With over 250 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 Modeler

DEPARTMENT: Modeling/Rigging

REPORTS TO: Head of Modeling/Rigging



  • Utilize Maya to build and execute complex CG models for an assigned show that meet all technical and creative requirements and are compatible with the production pipeline, and prepare models for vaulting/publishing to the floor
  • Maintain a convention of naming structures for all models and ensure that Maya files are clean and optimized
  • Lead assigned team in ensuring that all modeling deliverables are completed fully and in line with production schedule
  • Assist in assigning work to team members based on individual specialties, and oversee individual progress and performance
  • Provide support to team members by providing artistic direction and assisting with technical difficulties
  • Assist Department Head by providing feedback for the annual performance review process
  • Provide regular team progress updates for Assistant Production Manager
  • Review and approve all modeling assets prior to vaulting
  • Aid Assistant Production manager in creating work schedule and ensuring that all quotas and deadlines are met
  • Anticipate, communicate, and troubleshoot any modeling performance issues with assistance from key stakeholders, and provide creative ideas and solutions to any issues that arise throughout the project as a whole
  • Maintain awareness of technical, artistic, and pipeline issues with the project
  • Participate in the development of a toolset that will aid in the modeling process
  • Liaise directly with client to ensure that all modeling deliverables match client specifications
  • Ensure overall adherence to all Arc Productions pipeline protocols
  • Keep up to speed with current industry trends and utilize new ideas to benefit production




  • 5+ years CG modeling experience in a Maya production environment, with proven modeling abilities (prior Lead experience an asset)
  • Completed post-secondary education in 3D animation or other relevant area of study
  • Advanced working knowledge of Maya’s modeling techniques, with a good understanding of all checks and requirements needed to deliver a clean and optimized Maya file
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong background in traditional art with an excellent sense of form, proportion, and scale
  • Strong understanding of anatomy and perspective
  • General understanding of animation styles and techniques as well as an excellent comprehension of animation production for film and/or television
  • Great comprehension of the animation production pipeline as a whole with an understanding of adjacent department workflows as well as how modeling interacts with the overall production process
  • Superior creative and technical problem solving skills with the ability to check own work
  • Ability to learn quickly and comprehend custom in-house production tools
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with key stakeholders (i.e. other departments, production, clients, etc…)
  • 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
  • Strong rigging skills
  • Strong scripting skills


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

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