Layout Artist - Montreal Location - REEL FX
Dallas Office
301 N. Crowdus St.
Dallas, TX 75226
Montreal Office
1751 Richardson Street
Suite 1100
Montreal QC H3K 1G6
Hollywood Office
1438 N. Gower St
Suite 200
Hollywood, CA 90028

Job Summary

Reel FX Creative Studios, the award winning animation studio behind The Book of Life, is expanding its creative reach to include its newest office in Montreal. Recruitment for all of our projects, including the new animated feature Ugly Dolls directed by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Desperado, Spy Kids), is in progress with openings in the new Montreal location.

Based in Dallas for over 20 years, we’ve collaborated with Warner Bros, Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Illumination and Google among others, with a passion for excellence on every project. From short film, branded content, ride film, or full length animated feature work, the team is constantly pushing for advancements in creativity, style, and process. The focus on superior craftsmanship and collaborative problem solving is at the core of Reel FX ethos.

Reel FX is looking for exceptional visionaries and artists to join the team. We don’t like to settle, so if you’re as demanding of your work as we are of ours, then you may have found the right place.

Studio offices are in LA, Montreal and Dallas.

Layout artist positions starting as early as January 2018 in Montreal.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Create sequences of shots that convey the story through the application of traditional filmmaking principles in a 3D computer graphics environment.
• Establish character blocking, camera positioning and movement.
• Work with existing storyboards, recreate and/or enhance story through cinematic layout of shots.
• Create rough pre-visualization models and environments to facilitate animatic work when required.
• Prepare shots for downstream shot production.
• Accountable for meeting productivity and quota targets.

Education and Experience Requirements

• Strong skills in layout, cinematography and editorial fundamentals are required
• Good understanding of character posing and camera weight
• Basic understanding of modeling and lighting
• Passion for film
• Knowledge of Maya is preferable
• A minimum of two years film or television experience
• Degree/diploma in fine arts or animation or equivalent experience an asset
• Able to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
• Able to multi-task and prioritize
• Thrive in a high pressure, deadline oriented environment
• Enjoy working in teams and is good at following direction.

This job description is not meant to be all inclusive. Employee may be required to perform other duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.