Are you a senior lighter looking for your next step into a leadership opportunity? The team at Animal Logic is seeking a passionate lighter with the ability to use creative and technical skills to light shots and sequences. The successful candidate demonstrates strong leadership qualities and a willingness to mentor. 

What you'll get to do: 

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide guidance and support to the team member’s shots from lighting production through to finalising based on  project deadlines and milestone goals 
  • Follow Supervisor direction to create and design lighting for complex scenes; look developed assets, animation files and FX elements 
  • Provide direct visual support/feedback to artists where required 
  • Work with the Creative leads to ensure that tools and procedures support the creative process through existing tools or by supporting new tool development if required 
  • Work with the Creative leads to interpret the visual goals in context of the tools and processes of the project 
  • Communicate and comment on the schedule implications of visual requirements 
  • Provide solutions to visual problems through existing tools or by leading development of new tools 
  • Use appropriate compositing software to create a composite tree that combines the rendered levels and adjust the final composite until it meets the vision of the Directors and Supervisors 
  • Communicate updates and track data per Production direction.

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Leads a team under guidance from Lighting Supervisor and production team 
  • Provides leadership and works with production and Artist Management to develop the skills and abilities of all digital artists in their team 
  • Mentors less experienced digital artists 
  • Understands the overall brief and goals of a project and communicates this clearly to each member of the team 
  • Delegates work responsibly to ensure successful completion of shots across team members of all skill levels 
  • Perform daily one-on-one rounds with artists 
  • Communicates production information to both the artists group and Production Management 
  • Participates in brainstorming and problem solving to create and maintain production pipeline(s) and support AL’s overall technical goals as required 
  • Documents new techniques and distributes updates to peers, crew and Production Management 
  • Prioritize and break down a project into organized parts 
  • Support open communication between your department, R&D and all AL departments 
  • Work with the Lighting Supervisor and the production team to prepare bids and pitches as required 
  • Participate in the recruiting and interview process for new employees as required 
  • Assist Production Management in preparation of final show reports as required 
  • Ensure conflict is identified early and work with Artist Management to put constructive solutions in place to resolve/diffuse. 
  • Create synergies between different work groups to promote efficiency and optimization and to generate innovative ideas and approaches to ‘how we do things’
  • Be an active and inclusive member of the studio’s culture and community, promoting team engagement.  

What you bring: 

Qualifications

  • 7+ years’ experience in feature animation, VFX, and/or animated television with a focus on Lighting 
  • At least one completed high end feature animation project 
  • Wide experience on key lighting for feature animations 
  • Proven leadership experience within feature animation or VFX 
  • Proficiency demonstrated through past project work and/or reel/portfolio

Skills & Abilities

  • Must have a good “eye”, and a good understanding of light, colour theory, contrast, shading, and lighting design 
  • Advanced demonstrated knowledge and production experience in node based lighting software such as Katana, Houdini Solaris, Gaffer and Clarice Builder  
  • Experience working with Nuke in full-CG projects 
  • Experience with path tracing renderers , such as  Arnold  
  • Experience with multi-shots workflows 
  • Completion of degree program or working equivalent  
  • Demonstrates solid understanding of pipeline development and the ability to communicate in high level with software developers, experience as a Python developer is a plus

Attributes

  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment 
  • Excellence in problem solving and balancing quick turnaround with long term quality 
  • Excellent attention to detail 
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to efficiently organize and prioritize work across multiple areas 
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities and willingness to mentor  
  • Ability to take direction and implement briefs
  • Ability to be organized within a large variety of tasks and issues to be solved

What we offer you:

  • The opportunity to join a growing, independently owned and operated, award-winning studio.
  • A chance to contribute to the success of ground-breaking animated feature films
  • Exposure to a USD pipeline
  • A dedicated Learning and Development and Artist Management team focused on your personal career growth
  • Paid ‘Volunteer’ days to support those causes close to your heart!
  • A world-renowned working environment packed with social clubs, activities and events
  • A variety of employee benefits including employee discounts, breakfast, free use of barista coffee machines and snacks galore!

If this sounds like the opportunity you've been waiting for, then we want to hear from you!

Please apply if you are eligible to work in Canada. 

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