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Lead Generalist (Environments)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10070283 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Industrial Light & Magic Date posted Nov. 10, 2023

Job Summary:

Position Summary

Generalists create photo-real environments and landscapes and exhibit a strong foundation in photo-realistic, traditional, and digital art skills with an emphasis on landscapes. They work with live action footage, digital still photography, rendered computer graphic elements, and digital paint to create environments that are seamlessly integrated into assigned shotwork. Lead Generalists manage a team of Generalists to ensure that shots are created according to the designs and visual style of the project.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop solutions and techniques that meet art/technical direction
  • Participate in team reviews of work under development
  • Are able to create multiple types of mattes from simple to moderately difficult
  • Can work confidently enough to be able to dictate where to allocate details based on the shot
  • Can interpret feedback to respond to review notes with little supervisor direction
  • Create original 2D and 3D content that may comprise part or all of an environment
  • Create multiple types of mattes from simple to moderately difficult and allocates detail based on the shot and feedback
  • Create high quality computer graphics within a shot using a variety of software programs, work under the general supervision of senior level artists and Generalist Supervisors, and dial in the look of the element before handing to final comp
  • Participate in team reviews of work under development
  • Mentor Apprentice and Jr. Artists and must be able to assist them with their shots
  • Meet defined milestones within a timeline by attending dailies and participating in creative problem solving
  • Create maps in 2D and sets up basic shaders for look development
  • Create basic lighting setups in complex shaders that look convincing and render efficiently
  • Source suitable reference materials for required assets
  • Special projects as needed

What We’re Looking For

  • At least 7 years relevant professional experience and a BA in Computer Graphics, Fine Arts, Design or Photography, or related field; OR, at least 10 years of experience in lieu of education
  • Proven ability in one or more CG techniques, including modeling, texturing, shading, lighting, look development, or compositing; OR,
  • Proven artistic ability in a non-CG field (impressive portfolio of figure drawing, landscape, animals, painting, composition, perspective, etc..)
  • Demo reel required
  • High level of problem solving or creative thinking skills
  • Must have extensive knowledge of Matte Painting techniques
  • Nice to have:
  • Able to create maps in 2D and set up basic shaders for look development
  • Good understanding of the physics of light, how it interacts with the camera, and how to create basic lighting set-ups in complex shaders (like hard surface type materials) that look convincing and render efficiently
  • Able to respond to feedback to dial in the look of the element before handing to final Compositing
  • Can work with the sequence lead to test out tools and techniques before rolling out to shot artists
  • Can handle reasonably complex hard body and soft body sims and light/render them for Compositing


The hiring range for this position in Vancouver is C$122,400 to C$156,800 per year based on a 40-hour work week. The amount of hours scheduled per week may vary based on business needs. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A full range of medical, financial, and/or other variable pay or benefits, may be offered dependent on the level and position offered.

About Industrial Light & Magic:

Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM is the leading effects facility in the world, serving the motion picture, commercial production, and attraction industries. ILM has created visual effects for over 325 feature films and has played a key role in seven of the top 10 worldwide box-office hits of all time and has contributed to 25 of the top 50. ILM has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, the company continues to break new ground in visual effects, VR, AR, and Immersive Cinema.

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 ILM (Vancouver) Inc., which is part of a business we call Industrial Light & Magic.

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