Previs Shot Creator – Apprentice Program - Session Two

Apprenticeships Los Angeles, California


THE THIRD FLOOR is a visualization studio dedicated to supporting the production of next-generation media content for feature film, television, commercials, video games, virtual reality and themed attractions.  Working hand-in-hand with directors, producers and key crew, the company’s artists use specialized skills in storytelling and computer animation to create digital versions of shots and scenes to streamline physical production and post. Since its founding in 2004, the company has contributed to breakthrough projects from Avatar to Gravity.  Recent credits include Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryDoctor StrangeThe Jungle BookCaptain America: Civil War and Game of Thrones.   THE THIRD FLOOR has received three Emmy Awards, as well as awards from the Visual Effects Society, the Themed Entertainment Society, Hollywood Post Alliance and SIGGRAPH. 

By using the language of cinematography and animation in tandem to design the strongest possible sequences, a previs artist holds an impactful and highly collaborative role in the filmmaking process. The artistic sketch of the film to come, quickly produced through previs, supports effective creation, communication and realization of the project from development through to production and post.

A previs shot creator pieces together elements, sets them in motion, and “films” them with virtual cameras to create cinematic sequences that represent the creative blueprint. Nearly any aspect of a shot can be tweaked instantaneously to improve the composition or the timing of the action. Working with the previs supervisor, previs shot creators produce previs shots and sequences that help to support the director's vision via appropriate use of camera movement, lenses, composition, staging, lighting, and editing.

The TTF Apprenticeship is a 10-week program designed to give you the hands-on training needed to successfully transition into our artist pool as a Junior Artist. As an Apprentice you will have the opportunity to receive guidance and mentorship from industry professionals, experience real on-show training, and have the potential of working at our leading previs studio upon successful completion of the Apprentice Program.

Apprentice Program Info:

  • Session 2: March 20, 2018 – May 25, 2018
  • 40 to 45 hour week (depending on show needs)
  • Sorry no partial apprenticeships, applicants must be available 5 days a week
  • This is a paid apprenticeship


To qualify for the Apprentice Program, you must be one of the following:

  • A new Junior Artist (less than 2 years of experience)
  • A recent graduate
  • Will be graduating before the Apprenticeship Program begins
  • Software knowledge:
    • Autodesk Maya
    • Adobe After Effects (a plus)
  • To be eligible applicants must be able to work in the United States without sponsorship

Application Guidelines:

You will need to submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Demo Reel and breakdown
  • Cover letter, stating why you are interested in our program and why you would be a great candidate
  • Application Deadline for Session Two: February 20, 2018

The Ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Work well on a team and successfully take direction from a supervisor.
  • Adapt quickly and accept change – often have to toss out ideas and start fresh.
  • Maintain high consistent standard of quality and speed.
  • Possess a strong sense of composition, color, and animation timing.
  • Create sequences of shots from storyboards and/or script pages to enhance story.
  • Animate characters, creatures, props, and vehicles.
  • Establish character blocking, camera positioning and animate camera movement.
  • Create scene lighting that complements the shot and matches the sequence.
  • Understand cinematic language, camera terminology and have the ability to use motion blur, depth of field and other effects, to create realism.
  • Clean up and accentuate mocap animation.
  • Tweak and alter basic models and textures to complement shots.
  • Understand shot continuity of sequence to help guide shot creation.


  • This Apprenticeship is located at our Los Angeles Headquarters. No relocation or housing assistance will be provided for this program.

U.S. Applicants only: TTF participates in E-Verify and we will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All documents provided for proof of work authorization must be current and unexpired. We cannot accept expired proof of identity.

IMPORTANT: If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, TTF is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.