Layout/Matchmove Supervisor (Feature Animation & VFX)

CG Artist Vancouver, BC


Position at Industrial Light & Magic

Position Summary

The Layout/Matchmove Supervisor works independently and under the VFX Supervisor as the leader of the layout crew. The Layout/Matchmove Supervisor approves shotwork, advises layout artists on aesthetic changes, and manages the final aesthetic look and accuracy of matchmoves and layout shots sent to the VFX Supervisor. This artist works closely with production to schedule and cast shotwork, bid new or existing shots, and help estimate crewing needs.

The Layout/Matchmove Supervisor mentors artists, teaches show specific training courses, and troubleshoots shots/pipeline issues if the Layout Artist cannot. The Layout/Matchmove Supervisor oversees all outsourced layout work, ensuring that any vendor’s work is held to the same standard as work completed internally or at any ILM facility.

In addition to supervising duties, the Layout/Matchmove Supervisor will complete their own shotwork. This includes building 3D geometry and maintaining continuity for entire sequences of shots and creating new camera moves based on either existing or synthetic plate photography following the cinematic feel of the project.

What You’ll Do

  • Responsible for the most complex layout and set ups; works independently with minimal supervision
  • Provide leadership, guidance and direction to the layout team
  • Work with the CG Supervisor and Production Manager to bid, schedule, and cast shotwork
  • Gives the layout team technical and aesthetic instruction for a shot or sequence
  • Troubleshoot issues related to shotwork or layout pipeline
  • Converts background plates to create digital motion files that match the plate photography, including animating any live action character or relative object in the scene
  • Generate 2D Compositing elements, while maintaining the accuracy of the camera perspectives
  • Model the set geometry used to create the matchmove and environment for other departments
  • Light, render and composite files with the background to judge the move
  • Create original all CG camera animation

What We’re Looking For

  • At least eight years of relevant professional VFX experience and at least a college level diploma or higher in computer graphics, fine arts, design, or photography, or related field; OR at least ten years of relevant professional VFX experience in lieu of education.
  • Good written and oral communication skills including strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to supervise and mentor a team of artists
  • Work closely with other discipline supervisors, including CG Supervisor and VFX Supervisor
  • Deliver feedback to artists, both constructive and positive
  • Must have a willingness to learn new tools, proven ability to be detail-oriented and to work efficiently within a production environment
  • Excellent problem solving skills including the ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Understanding of photography and the effects of different lenses on perspectives
  • Nice to have:
    • On set experience
    • Background in previz or rough layout a plus
    • Advanced knowledge of Nuke, LINUX, 3DE, Maya, front end pipeline knowledge (Asset development, Capture), and/or proprietary tracking software

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.