Previs Shot Creator/Generalist - Apprentice Program

Apprenticeship Los Angeles, California


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 12 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:

  • Summer Session: May 31, 2017 – August 18, 2017
  • 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 the May 2017 Session: April 14, 2017

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.
Final steps:

We will be making our final selections and reaching out to those who have been accepted in the program by May 19th. Remember this is a highly competitive program and we have limited spaces so don't be discouraged if you don't hear back.  Keep watching movies, work on your composition, camera work and animation, and feel free to submit again next time!
Good luck and we look forward to receiving your applications!