Director Of Cinematography Lighting
Walt Disney Animation StudiosVancouver, BC
Full Time Job
The Director of Cinematography - Lighting is responsible for supervising and delivering all aspects of lighting, from animatic through the final film output, to realize the Director's vision. The Director of Cinematography - Lighting will oversee a team of artists and work closely with the Production Designer to create all the material surface properties, asset and shot specific light rigs, and integrate all special effects for the film. The role will also include the oversight of all color timing and final mastering. This is a regular, full time, staff position that will be located at our Vancouver, BC studio. Please note that relocation eligibility may be determined based on role and individual circumstance.
• Collaborate with the Production Designer to establish foundation lighting to translate the visual style for each sequence and deliver them through final shots.
• Collaborate with the Look Development Supervisors on the creation of all asset surface properties, including shaders, textures, and lighting rigs, to ensure correct light response.
• Collaborate with the Head of Effects Animation on the creation of all special effects to be integrated into final shots.
• Collaborate with the Director of Cinematography – Layout on the creation of the camera rig and lens packages to be used for the show.
• Maintain functional parity, maintenance and streamlining between Look Development, Lighting, and FX.
• Partner with the Director of Cinematography – Layout, following all shots from conception to completion.
• Partner with Post Production to oversee color timing and final distribution.
• Responsible for consumability and efficiency of deliverables into downstream departments.
• Drives department processes, bidding, and reviews.
• Determines resource needs and collaborates with studio, show, and department leadership in finding staffing solutions.
• Analyzes and determines cost implications of requests and strategizes on solutions in partnership with show leadership.
• Creates an inclusive and safe work environment by carefully managing sensitive information, making rooms feel open and comfortable, creating space for everyone to have a voice, and addressing bias when it occurs.
• Sets the creative and technical vision/expectations for the supervisors, leads, and department. Responsible for seeing that vision through.
• In tight conjunction with the Production Management and AM, inspires and motivates the supervisors, leads, and department. Responsible for the tone and morale of the department.
• Contributes to the overall craft and leadership development of supervisors, leads, and department through setting expectations, delivering consistent constructive feedback, recognition, and accountability.
• Creates, models, and supports a collaborative work environment within the team and between departments on the show.
• Identifies solutions and compromises in partnership with other department leaders utilizing a holistic view to meet show vision.
• Provides regular updates to show leadership on the progress, health, and direction of the team.
• Keeps the team informed with context for show related changes and updates.
• Studio Culture- Actively fosters an inclusive, innovative, and collaborative environment so every employee can contribute at the highest levels.
• Technology, Tools, and Workflow- Engages in the creation and execution of technical standards, pipeline conventions, and workflows to support the department, show, and studio.
• Department Stewardship- Partners closely with peers and Artist Manager to support an environment of creativity, trust, and innovation. Actively involved in assessment, casting, hiring, and overall growth of artists.
• Minimum 4 years of leadership experience that demonstrates a strong ability to lead and mentor others.
• Demonstrated history of problem solving and project management skills.
• Ability to quickly learn and adapt to WDAS standards, pipeline, tools, and workflows as they relate to discipline(s) they would be leading.
• Understanding of the disciplines/craft which they would be leading.
• Bachelor's degree or higher in Art, Illustration, Cinema Studies, Computer Graphics, Engineering or equivalent experience.
• Experience as a Lighting Supervisor, Sequence Supervisor, CG Supervisor, or similar role in CG Animation and/or Visual Effects production
• Experience with camera and lighting rigs and mechanics and a strong understanding of lens effects and lighting response.
• Experience in doing key lighting, materials, and special effects.
• Experience in color timing and final mastering for distribution.
• Strong understanding of the principles of lighting, material properties, effects, and simulation.
• Strong knowledge and technical understanding of digital pipeline issues, optimizing all workflow.
• Strong knowledge of each of the following technical areas:
• GI Rendering
• 3D Texture painting and mapping techniques
• Effects and Simulation principles
• The Unix/Linux environment
• Skill in the following areas is desired:
• Traditional drawing, painting, design and/or sculpture
• Knowledge of anatomy, kinematics and physical behaviors