Current Openings

BG Prep Artist – Senior

Start Date
As soon as possible (Short Term Contract)



Based in Vancouver BC, we are a world-class visual effects studio led by a team of creative and passionate individuals who are committed to furthering the art of visual storytelling, and helping our exceptionally talented crew to push the boundaries of artistic and technical achievement.

Well known for our Academy Award Nominated work on Neill Blomkampā€™s District 9, we have gone on to create numerous incredible creatures, epic environments and extraordinary digital effects for a broad range of feature films including; Zero Dark Thirty, Jurassic World, Game of Thrones, and Independence Day Resurgence.

We can do this because we place awesome new tools in the hands of our artists. R&D is central to our philosophy of driving creativity through innovation, with a focus on continually evolving our robust production pipelines and pioneering in the area of proprietary software development.


The Senior BG Prep Artists is responsible for delivering high quality shots in a quick and efficient manner. They will act as an example to junior artists and deliver all tasks with in the required timeframe. They will understand all aspects of the BG Prep role. Senior BG Prep artists will apply briefing notes with minimal direction from team Leads or Supervisors. They will quality check all of their work and occasionally will assist the BG Prep Leads to quality check the work of junior artists should the workload require it. The will work closely with Leads to communicate issues and recommend solutions.


  • Apply client notes to all plates with minimal guidance
  • Identify solutions and approaches to solve difficult shots without guidance
  • Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to the BG Prep Leads
  • Understand elements impacting the downstream departments to foresee/prevent challenges in BG Prep department
  • Process requests from pipeline departments
  • Use time management skills to schedule meetings and tasks effectively
  • Manage time and resources to meet weekly targets
  • Complete prep duties such as rotoscoping, marker removal, plate preparation, plate retiming, motion capture actor removal, crew/camera/set removal, rig and wire removal, and set extensions


  • 5 years of feature film/TV production experience
  • Proficient in Nuke
  • Experience with Photoshoto
  • Working knowledge of Silhouette or Mocha is preferred
  • Knowledge of a 3D package such as Maya and 3DS Max is an asset


Technical skills

  • Experience in Rotoscoping for film
  • Strong knowledge of tracking (camera tracking, planar tracking, 2D tracking)
  • Proficient in keying
  • Ability to complete frame by frame paint
  • Experience with colour management
  • Experience with Linux based OS
  • Utilizing 3D projection workflow in Nuke
  • Understanding of grain management
  • Excellent eye for detail for quality control

Core skills

  • Ability to provide Leads with estimate of time of task completion to support Supervisor in the bidding process
  • Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities
  • Ability to complete quality control
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent time management and communication skills
  • Eye for detail

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