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2021 Talent Development - Lighting Trainee

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 767327BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Oct. 05, 2020

Job Summary:

Join us for an opportunity to be a part of the innovative technology and artistry of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Our Lighting department drives the mood of our beloved stories, and now you have the opportunity to be a part of it!
The Apprentice Program begins the first week of February 2021. Please note, the safety and well-being of our teams is very important to us. We will be determining whether this program will be in-person at our Burbank, CA studio or virtual in the coming months based on local state and county ordinance. The deadline for applications is October 25, 2020, 11:59 PM PST.
To apply, select “Apply for Position” below to create or update your profile with a resume and project blog if applicable.
The Lighting Trainee:
Lighters are an integral part of the storytelling process. Using their keen eye to manipulate color and light, they’re able to emphasize shifts of mood both subtle and dynamic. They assemble the elements of a shot into a final composite and compose the digital lighting of the scene.
As a Lighting Trainee, the first four months of your program are structured to introduce you to the processes and tools of our filmmaking, our studio culture, and our production environment. These initial months will showcase the skills and philosophies of our Lighting department while providing you nurturing mentorship with a Disney artist. A 4-month review provides you with real-time feedback and determines future assignments and promotional opportunities that would bring your skills into real-time production environments.
To apply for this position, select “Apply for Position” below to create or update your profile with a resume, reel/portfolio, and reel breakdown.
Reels/portfolios/demonstrated skills should include:
An understanding of color, contrast, and lighting design, along with a solid understanding with 3D lighting in a CG scene
A strong visual sense and the ability to distinguish subtle differences that affect the matching of elements created in multiple mediums
Experience with Maya and node-based compositing programs such as Nuke
Exposure to Global Illumination and experience manipulating lights and materials to achieve a specific Art Direction
Ability to interpret and execute key aesthetic elements from visual development artwork into a shot
Strong problem-solving skills required
Ability to work in a collaborative environment, taking direction from Artistic and Technical Leadership

Am I Eligible To Apply? We're looking for:
18 years or older
Emerging artists with less than 5 years experience in the Animation Industry
Recent graduates - Degree or equivalent experience
The Walt Disney Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer


About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with The Secret Lab, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The Secret Lab is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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