Walt Disney Animation Studios combines the very best in artistry and storytelling with cutting-edge technology to bring wonderful new stories to the big screen for audiences around the world. Constantly challenged to create innovative new technologies for animated features, theme park productions, and special projects for the Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney Animation Studios is home to some of the most talented artists working in the film industry today.
Disney's Set Extension/Matte Painting Artists use their knowledge of today's CG tools, combined with their strong painting skills, to seamlessly extend digital environments in a 3D world.
We currently have exciting opportunities for Set Extension Assistants to come and learn at our Burbank, CA studios.
To apply for this position, you must include a resume and a link to your reel with a reel breakdown, featuring samples of digital Set Extensions and samples of traditional painting as well as the ability to match different artistic styles.
An assistant is trained to be proficient in the following skill sets. The duties below are performed under constant mentorship.
Ability to work with the Production Designers and environment team to stylistically extend a fully-built, digital environment beyond a decided point using a shot-specific, generalist workflow
Understands a 2.5D workflow with multiple projection cameras
Create backgrounds, landscapes, and environments in a 3D world using digital programs such as Maya, Photoshop and Nuke, as well as Disney's proprietary software (GI renderer, etc.)
Extrapolate art direction: i.e. design, architectural style, lighting, and graphics, which adhere to the Production Designer's overall vision
Support the technical aspects of the work created
Use expertise to help influence the future direction of Set Extension tools and techniques within the Look Development department
Collaborate with the Art Department, Layout, Modeling, Look Development, Lighting, and Stereo teams
Bachelors degree or comparable experience
Professional experience required, feature animation experience preferred
High skill level in painting, composition, perspective, and color theory
Good artistic skills with willingness to learn new workflows
Strong skills in programs such as Photoshop, Maya, Nuke, etc
Knowledge of Mac OSX and Linux
Must be able to work iteratively in a fluid and fast-paced environment, take direction easily, and be willing to participate as a member of a highly collaborative team
Experience in Modeling, Look Development, and Lighting within 3D environments, and/or generalist background a plus
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