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Shot Finaler

Toronto, Ontario · Art/Media/Design
POSITION OVERVIEW
Jam Filled is a dynamic workplace for like-minded creative artists, we will remind you why you love cartooning: every project is produced with an eye for quality and an ear for fun!

Our Toronto Studio is looking for Shot Finalers to work closely with the Finaling Lead, to ensure all visual elements in the Sequences/Shots are technically and artistically sound.


You’ll get to:
  • Conduct Character Finaling passes that are required based on show needs:
    • Remove undesirable geometric penetrations, folds, and creases from rigged assets; essentially re-shape characters frame by frame when the Asset or Animation teams are not able to create the shapes using conventional methods
    • Create Hair and Cloth simulations using Maya's simulation tools (nDynamics) if the project requires
  • Conduct a Final Layout pass that is required based on show needs:
    • Camera polishing, potentially even re-stage the camera
    • Set dressing to make the shots more appealing
    • Ensure continuity between shots and sequences
    • Ensure the shot is assembled in the most efficient manner
    • Investigate with other departments to ensure all production assets (characters, sets, props, matte paintings, VFX etc.) are up to date, included in shots, and rendering successfully
  • Prepare assigned shots for presentation to Producer/Director/CG Supervisor
  • Attend Sweatbox reviews for assigned sequences/shots
  • Anticipate, communicate, and ensure resolution of technical issues
    • Troubleshoot and debut shot problems
    • Escalate technical issues as required
  • Collaborate with members of other departments as necessary to ensure proper completion of shots and to ensure a smooth production
  • Remain current and up to date in Finaling techniques through industry research and training
  • Perform additional duties as required
This will be your JAM if you have:
  • 1+ year Character Finaling and Final Layout experience in a Maya production environment
  • Previous experience and thorough understanding of Maya software; other Finaling software is an asset
  • Understanding of Maya's nDynamics system is a plus
  • Experience with Maya Deformers, Constraints, and Blend Shapes
  • Thorough knowledge of Maya’s Graph Editor and connection editors (Hypergraph, Hypershade, etc.)
  • Ability to script in Mel and/or Python is a bonus
  • A keen eye for details and technical aptitude
  • Completed post-secondary education in 3D animation or other relevant area of study preferred
  • Solid background in traditional art with a keen artistic eye
  • Good modeling skills and a general familiarity with skeletons
  • General understanding of animation styles and techniques as well as an excellent comprehension of animation production for film and/or television
  • Great understanding of the animation production pipeline, with an understanding of adjacent department workflows and how the Finaling Department interacts with the overall production process
  • Good creative and technical problem-solving skills with the ability to check own work
  • Ability to learn quickly and comprehend custom in-house production tools
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with key stakeholders (i.e. other departments, production, clients, etc…)
  • Good organizational skills with a strong attention for detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and willingness to take initiative in a team environment
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, meet tight deadlines, and perform to standard in a fast-paced environment
  • High level of independence and strong sense of reliability
  • Ability to balance multiple projects while retaining and encouraging a high level of enthusiasm and excellence within the team
What’s in it for you?
  • Healthcare and dental
  • Competitive remuneration
  • Close proximity to the downtown core and public transportation
  • Various activities, team-building events and parties
  • Flexible work hours
  • Focus on work/life balance
Boat Rocker is committed to hiring and supporting diverse candidates. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as being part of an under-represented and equity-deserving group. This would include people who identify as racialized, Black, Indigenous, women, LGBTQ2SI+, and having a disability among others. We also recognize the importance of intersectional identities in our hiring and retention.

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