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Layout Artist

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-03065 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Sep. 25, 2021

Job Summary:


The Camera & Staging team at Pixar is responsible for creating engaging and dynamic cinematography to effectively communicate the story and delight audiences. We work closely with the director, editor, and teams across the pipeline to build each scene into a solid blueprint for downstream shot production.

We are looking for a creatively driven Camera & Staging Artist to help us frame compelling stories using their outstanding knowledge of virtual and traditional cinematography principles. If you are someone who has a deep knowledge of film language, passionate about storytelling, collaboration and animation then we want to hear from you!


  • Establish composition, character staging, and camera positions

  • Animate key character poses to help convey the intent of a shot (animation blocking)

  • Create sequences of shots from story reels, script pages, and/or verbal pitch

  • Provide clean technical set-up of shots for downstream production departments


  • Experience on animated films, 3D previz, games, or as a live-action cinematographer on narrative films, as demonstrated in a show reel

  • Outstanding artistic skills in cinematography and film language, including a strong sense of composition, staging, camera movement, shot flow, character animation and posing

  • Demonstrate basic editing skills to convey shot builds to a layout supervisor

  • Experience with CG Software (Maya, Unreal, Blender, etc) Comfortable learning and troubleshooting new software

  • Able to to work in an iterative process, welcoming creative input and addressing constructive feedback at a consistent level

  • Phenomenal communication and problem-solving skills while collaborating with other layout artists and departments at Pixar

  • Welcome creative input and addressing constructive feedback

  • Phenomenal communication and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to self-manage deadlines, working efficiently in a fast-paced environment.

  • Willing to work flexible hours (including nights and weekends) and/or overtime on short notice

  • Camera polish or final layout experience is a plus


About Pixar Animation Studios:

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 35 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office to date.

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 Pixar Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Pixar Animation Studios.

Pixar Inc. 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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