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Maya Previs Animator

Los Angeles, CA


Los Angeles, CA

Full job description

Position Requirements:

Create previs versions of sequences and shots that help support the director's intention via appropriate use of camera lenses & movement, composition, staging, motion blocking and editing.

Previs artists are tasked with producing creative and effective visual solutions to support both the story and technical requirements of films.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Follow Director(s) creative direction in the layout process.
  • Adhere to the complexity of the movie.
  • Take the vision of the Director(s), and block the existing boards to create a 3D version of the story reel with a unique layout of shots.
  • Work with the Director(s) and CG Supervisor on the iterations of each shot/sequence.
  • Define and interpret specific instructions from the Director(s) and production.
  • Responsible for being knowledgeable about software used on the production, as it relates to the Rough Layout department.
  • Adhere to Pipeline protocols for the Layout department, as governed by Production Engineering.
  • Remain accountable for assigned shot count management through Layout process.
  • Responsible for adhering to the complexity of the movie, within the scope of production.
  • Responsible for adhering to the production schedule.
  • Responsible for participation in the unification and initiatives for the studio within the RLO department.
  • Attend meetings with RLO artists to keep the crew informed on show changes and requirements.
  • Communicate in a timely fashion with APM and Production for all inter-department concerns.
  • Attend Layout Reviews, Launches and Approvals with Production.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Computer Visualization, or Computer Animation required or equivalent work experience.
  • 2+ years of experience creating cinematic pre-visualizations or rough layout for CG animation using MAYA.
  • A strong interest in Rough Layout, Set Dressing and Stereoscopy.
  • Knowledge in scene, shot, camera, and character composition is preferred.
  • Exposure to modeling, lighting, texturing and animation is preferred.
  • A good working knowledge of the principles of cinematic staging, blocking and camera work.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

  • Los Angeles, CA