Virtual Production Technical Director - Layout Operator (StageCraft)

Virtual Production Vancouver, BC


Description

Position at Industrial Light & Magic

Position Summary

The Virtual Production TD (Layout Operator) forms part of the core Stagecraft software operating team. They are the lead user in charge of operating the Stagecraft software stack, ensuring scenes are fully working and performant. Additional tasks include manipulating and aligning the scenes to match with physical set builds, and the matching of look and colour, to create a seamless blend between the physical and virtual world in camera. The role reports to the Lead Brain Bar Operator and Virtual Production Supervisor, but also collates and feeds back issues with assets, software & hardware back to the Stagecraft Coordinator.

What You’ll Do

  • Operation and troubleshooting of Stagecraft Virtual Production tool set
  • Assist with asset ingest, scene setup, optimization, and validation of look and performance of scenes in StageCraft
  • Assist with troubleshooting a variety of issues including mocap connectivity, interactive tool behavior, and assets
  • Record takes and track shot/scene names with live action unit
  • Match look and placement of digital environments, characters and set dressing to real world counterparts
  • Calibrate and ensure connection of virtual camera(s) to live action camera(s)
  • Make scene adjustments to achieve the goals of the key creatives on-set, including lighting, animation, set dressing, and color correction
  • Provide time-to-completion estimates for changes or troubleshooting issues
  • Route video signals for display, monitor, and recording
  • Development of "quick fix" tools to streamline workflows
  • Triage and reporting of issues to engineering
  • Provide deliverables from Virtual Production to post-VFX
  • Works on the post-production of data derived from capture techniques, including processing and applying motion capture data, 3D scan data, photogrammetric images and other data types
  • Live switching of creature/actor retargets and visibility
  • Daily setup and real time retargeting of actors to creatures

What We’re Looking For

  • VFX production / pipeline experience (preferably as a Virtual Production LTD, Layout Artist, Generalist, Lighting TD, Compositor, or Pipeline Engineer)
  • On-set experience a plus
  • Must be able to execute technically difficult work and maintain a productive attitude under the pressure of live action production
  • Must be detail-oriented, highly organized and be able to handle a variety of tasks in an efficient manner.
  • Creative technical problem solver, able to improvise solutions in pressure situations
  • Knowledge and troubleshooting of assets in a VFX pipeline
  • Must be highly computer literate with Linux and Windows Operating Systems
  • Python scripting within digital content creation applications
  • Must be an excellent troubleshooter to diagnose and solve issues in complex integrated systems of computers, video recording systems, software, and other sensor driven systems
  • Familiar with a variety of the concepts, practices, and procedures used in visual effects and film production
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and diplomacy skills
  • Familiarity with realtime technology and virtual production experience preferred

This position is with Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Industrial Light & Magic. Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Lucasfilm fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world. **FOR U.S. BASED NEW HIRES ONLY:** We are taking a responsible approach to creating environments that allow us to do what we do best - entertain and inform millions around the world. As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. salaried and non-union hourly employees, as well as all newly hired U.S. employees.


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