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Shot Finaling Supervisor

Toronto, ON · Art/Media/Design
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 a Shot Finaling Supervisor to oversee Shot Finaling on a brand new, high-profile series!

You’ll get to:
  • Oversee a team of Shot Finalers, and provide guidance and mentorship when needed
  • Supervise daily workflow and delegate tasks to artists, while maintaining deadlines and quality control
  • Work with CG Supervisor and other department supervisors to help develop and maintain the pipeline
  • Review and provide feedback/approve any Character Finaling passes made by the team 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
  • Work with team to create 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
  • Conduct reviews for assigned sequences/shots
  • Anticipate, communicate, and ensure resolution of technical issues
  • 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
  • Work with Recruitment team to help recruit the best talent for the production
  • Perform additional duties as required
This will be your JAM if you have:
  • 3+ year Character Finaling and Final Layout experience in a Maya production environment
  • Previous experience as a Lead or Supervisor in an animation Shot Finaling/FLO department
  • 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
  • Excellent leadership skills, and the ability to oversee and mentor a team of artists
  • 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 priorities 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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