Animal Logic


Rough Layout Artist
- The Magician's Elephant

Are you a creative Layout artist with experience who can help realise a director’s brief and cinematic vision? If so, this could be the role for you!

What you’ll get to do:

  • Translate storyboards into CG sequences including rough character animation and camera lensing
  • Ensure the cinematic style and layout animation is consistent with the Layout Supervisor’s and Director’s vision
  • Incorporate strong character blocking to guide framing and story
  • Clearly understand the creative requirements of a sequence and deliver these creative goals in a timely manner and to the highest standard
  • Provide the technical set-up of shots to departments further down the production pipeline (e.g. Animation)
  • Work within a team of layout artists under the supervision of a Layout Lead

What you bring:

  • Strong character blocking skills
  • 5+ years’ experience working in CG on feature animation, VFX projects or TV Series
  • 5+ years’ experience being part of layout and/or previs team
  • Previous experience working with large digital feature film production pipelines
  • Working knowledge and understanding of 3D software packages used in digital film production, in particular Maya
  • Working knowledge and understanding of layout/previs techniques such as staging and framing rules
  • Working knowledge of camera animation and scene set-up
  • Cinematography knowledge and understanding of story and scene layout
  • Knowledge of traditional camera techniques and the principles of translating storyboards to 3D
  • Excellent visual communication skills including but not limited to drawing
  • Ability to produce high-level camera work with an in-depth knowledge of framing, composition and cinematography
  • An understanding of editing and ability to ensure continuity over a sequence of shots and the film
  • Recognised post-secondary qualification in animation, film or related field is preferable
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritise and problem solve
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • A willingness to learn and contribute to the success of the team and the project
  • Excellent organizational and verbal communication skills

What you need to include in your application:

  • A strong reel that shows examples of work done in a 3D computer generated environment.  Whole sequences are preferred over isolated shots. Where possible a storyboard animatic, followed by layout and then through to final finished sequences

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