Matte Painter



Celebrating over 25 years in the industry, Scanline VFX specializes in creating complex visual effects for high end, block buster feature films with studios worldwide: Vancouver, Los Angeles, Munich, and Stuttgart. Founded in Germany, the company expanded to Los Angeles in 2007 and opened the largest studio in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia in 2011. In 2015 it won the Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects for their work on Game of Thrones. Scanline VFX has received multiple Academy Award Nominations for Best Achievement in Visual Effects: 2014 for Iron Man 3 and in 2010 for its work on director Clint Eastwoods Hereafter. We are also well known for our proprietary, in-house fluid effects software Flowline, for which it received a 2008 Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award.

Matte Painter

Reporting to the Matte Painting Supervisor, matte painters create photorealistic 2D and 3D matte paintings of subject matter to be used as an element to either embellish or replace live action footage in feature films.

Create photorealistic paintings and elements that match concept and style using 3D and 2D tools and techniques including camera setup, modeling for projection, camera animation, projection setup, image re-projection, and atmospherics and light passes
Provide or acquire photographic reference materials
Combine photographic, paint, and 3d assets to conceptualize, create and design environments using techniques such as camera animation, image projection, layering, and lighting.
Perform tasks related to integrating imagery into shots, preserving a unified sense of lighting, perspective, and color
Combine painting skills in animation software, with a knowledge of photography, practical and digital modeling, and design, to create 2D and 3D paintings
Work closely with the VFX Supervisors to determine best methods to complete work in timely manner and ensure that plates meet planned concept design requirements

Minimum 5+ years’ experience as a Digital Matte Painter for live action “realistic” feature films (required)
Expert knowledge of Photoshop, Maya and Nuke (required)
Experience/Working knowledge of Mari, Modelling, Composting (preferred)
Advanced knowledge of matte-painting techniques and/or technical experience in photography/lighting with an emphasis on colour and composition; traditional paint background an asset.
Ideal candidate must be able to multitask, be self-motivated, proactive, and manage all aspects on an environment and sequence level.
Responsive to guidance and review notes from creative and technical leadership – able to apply feedback to achieve the required look.
Team player and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
Strong trouble shooting/problem solving skills.

Ability to work OT, flexible hours, on call

+Extended Medical
+Disability Insurance
+Dental Insurance



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