Layout Artist Job Description

Layout Artist Job Description

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Layout artist provides supplemental visual direction to team production artists to ensure visual design of content is coherent and within brand.

Layout Artist Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Advanced Maya and/or XSI skills
Accountable for meeting schedules and show deadlines
Work with Layout team, as required, to maintain continuity
Creative staging and choreography of scenes as directed by the Layout Supervisor
Keep abreast of relevant and related emerging techniques and technologies
Establish composition, character staging and camera movement
5 years minimum working on feature animation or VFX projects
Experience in layout and/or previsualization
Experience working in creative story development
Complete understanding of real world cameras, rigs and shooting environments for feature films

Layout Artist Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Education for Layout Artist

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the layout artist job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Associate Degree in Fine Arts, Animation, Art, Computer Science, Graphic Design, Design, Computer Graphics, Computer Animation, Film, Computer

Skills for Layout Artist

Desired skills for layout artist include:

Maya
Nuke
Camera lenses & photography
Editing
Add life and appeal to the conversations and environments of our games
Animators
Cinematography and visual storytelling
Collaborate with Producers
Create alluring marketing videos
FX Artists

Desired experience for layout artist includes:

Experience in gathering information on location for Matchmovers
Uses a computer 80% of work time
Display a strong reel that shows examples of work done in the 3d computer generated environment of an animated movie or television production
A minimum of 3 years’ layout experience in visual effects production, CG feature animation production, or related medium
A demo reel and / or portfolio demonstrating relevant artistic skills
Excellent knowledge of camera lenses

Layout Artist Examples

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Layout Artist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a layout artist. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for layout artist
  • Expertise with Autodesk Maya
  • Solid understanding of composition, cinematography & filmmaking process
  • Experience setting a shot turn over pace that achieves a balance between meeting deadlines and exceeding quality expectations
  • Work within a team of assembly/layout artists under the supervision of a layout lead and assembly supervisor
  • Responsible for helping establish the cinematic staging and camera positioning as guided by the film's director
  • Ability to follow direction and embrace change
  • Take art direction from the Art and Creative Director
  • Proactively provide solutions and new ideas to creative briefs to push creative boundaries using existing tools & processes
  • Assist junior team members with any technical challenges
  • Contribute creative feedback in reviews and be willing to assist junior team members in this area when required
Qualifications for layout artist
  • Proficient in SynthEyes and PF Track
  • You must be a CTN exhibitor or attendee registered for a three-day eXpo pass or VIP pass
  • Capable of managing a team of artists
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in production or feature film experience in a layout or previz role
  • Data administration experience
  • Degree in Graphic Design with 1-3 years experience as a Studio Artist/Designer
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Layout Artist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of layout artist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for layout artist
  • Work closely with the Layout Leads and Supervisor to polish camera animation and lensing style which is in alignment with, the film director’s vision for the film and its narrative
  • Work closely with the Stereo department to implement stereo qualities into the narrative
  • Understand department pipeline including all assets and tools, and their purpose
  • Leads a team under guidance from Layout Supervisor and production team, providing leadership, direction and allocating work to artists within the team
  • Ensure all Layout Artists within the team are adequately trained to full fill the requirements of the production while mentors less experienced digital artists
  • Support, establish and maintain an appropriate level of communication with all crew members and ensure they are properly supported and mentored
  • Ensure conflict is identified early and constructive solutions are put in place to resolve/ diffuse
  • Promote innovative ideas and approaches between different work groups and individuals
  • Work closely with the Animation Director, Supervisors, Leads, and Technical Directors from other departments to ensure efficient pipeline management in and out of the Performance Unit
  • Participate in brainstorming and problem solving to create and maintain production pipelines and support our overall technical goals
Qualifications for layout artist
  • Display a strong reel that shows examples of work done in a 3d computer generated environment, ideally on a cg animated movie or television production
  • 4+ years of Previs experience
  • Strong Animation skills
  • Cinematography knowledge and understanding of story and scene layout
  • Knowledge of traditional camera techniques and the principles of translating storyboards to 3d
  • Ability to produce high-level camera work with an in depth knowledge of composition
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Layout Artist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a layout artist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for layout artist
  • Become proficient with the departments propriety tools and provide solutions and new ideas to creative briefs to push creative boundaries using existing tools & processes
  • Adhere to deadlines and communicate with Production
  • Understands the overall brief and goals of a project and communicates this clearly to each member of the team
  • Delegates work responsibly to ensure successful completion of shots across team members of all skill levels
  • Drives team reviews and, when appropriate, will offer creative/technical feedback on reviewed shots
  • Review scripts and storyboards and/or attend kick-offs to understand creative intent of shot/sequence
  • Create final camera/layout, blocking for animation, lighting and effects that meet the creative needs of the shot and show while ensuring that the technical needs of the pipeline are met
  • Provide multiple iterations of a shot/sequence to assist Directors in determining the best layout and camera movement that will meet the shot’s objectives
  • Model basic geo to populate layout as needed to achieve the compositional needs of shots
  • Create/acquire and maintain a library of quick use temporary light assets to aid in developing quick iterations of layouts
Qualifications for layout artist
  • Excellent visual storytelling skills (ie
  • Ability to work towards, and meet, deadlines in high-pressure environment
  • Strong 2d tracking and camera matchmove solving skills, ability to deal with manually nudging difficult 2d tracks and setting manual keys to help solver along
  • Strong skills in efficient 3d modeling
  • Strong curve manipulation skills for smoothing, over-riding translations
  • Ability to solve for object tracking
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Layout Artist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a layout artist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for layout artist
  • Collaborate with Supervisors to establish methodology and asset dependencies required to complete the assigned work
  • Attend kick offs, dailies, and other meetings as required
  • Aid with design and development of tools to help standardize and create procedure for camera and layout
  • Generate renders for approval
  • Ensure shot continuity is maintained
  • Contribute to positive work environment
  • Independently performs complex matchmove tasks such as camera tracking, character matching (matchanim), solving lens distortion, deformation matching of surfaces, solving native stereo plates
  • Responsible for multi-plate splicing and stitching, adding creative plate post-moves, creative stereo
  • Responsible for Previz, postviz and techviz (prep for location shooting or ride development)
  • Photomodels, performs environment/scene setup verifying correct assets are being used, edit ranges are correct, and generating initial data for downstream artists including animation/TDs/comp, lidar processing, set dressing
Qualifications for layout artist
  • Ability to create rigs for cameras & create basic rigs for matching simple objects into scene
  • Ability to understand and work with rigs for character match anim
  • Experience with using Imocaptain / tracking and retargeting techniques for character matchanim
  • Ability to move animation between different coordinate systems and constraint mechanisms
  • Working knowledge of retime pipeline
  • Ability to work with stereoscopic footage using a pre-defined workflow
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Layout Artist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of layout artist. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for layout artist
  • Solve facial animation from face cams
  • Independently set up the technical and aesthetic approaches of the matchmove work for a shot, sequence, or an entire aspect of a show
  • Convert background plates to various formats to use with specific software to create digital motion files that match the plate photography
  • Mentor Junior Layout Artists
  • Create sequences of shots that tell a story through camera, staging, and rough blocking
  • Work with existing storyboards or create new shot ideas to communicate the Director's vision
  • Effectively collaborate with other production departments including art, modeling, and editorial
  • Identify possible creative or technical issues and help find solutions
  • Create previs models, lighting, fx, and any other assets needed for the previs process
  • Deliver data to down stream departments that meet the needs of production
Qualifications for layout artist
  • Contributes to the technical design and implementation of shots
  • Understands gimbal lock issues and ways to avoid
  • High proficiency in troubleshooting shotfiles, caches and scenes being transferred between departments
  • Understanding of how camera changes affect projection techniques being transferred between the DM and COMP teams
  • Ability to estimate time to complete tasks
  • Understands importing and exporting models across packages

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