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Lighting Artist

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10037303 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Apr. 24, 2023

Job Summary:

Our Lighting artists are an integral part of the storytelling process, using their keen eye to manipulate color and light to emphasize shifts of mood both subtle and dynamic. We are looking for artists who thrive in a team environment. This includes the ability to share ideas and also to be open to ideas within the team.

Hybrid and Remote opportunities for our Vancouver Studio are specific to remote work within the province of British Columbia.


  • Light, render and composite shots to bring together various elements of a shot; for example, characters, props, environments, FX and crowds, into beautiful images that meet the vision of the Directors, Production Designers, the Director of Cinematography-Lighting and Lighting Supervisors

  • Present shots in dailies, effectively communicate issues regarding shots, and deliver top-notch work within production deadlines

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Art, Animation, Digital Media, Computer Science, related field or equivalent industry experience

  • Thorough understanding of composition, color, contrast, and lighting design

  • Notable production experience with 3D lighting and compositing on animated/VFX feature films and/or Episodic TV series as demonstrated through an online portfolio/reel

  • Able to match/interpret art and photographic references provided by the Production Designer, Art Director and the Director of Cinematography

  • Possess a strong visual aesthetic, and display the ability to overcome artistic challenges

  • Working knowledge of a node-based compositing system (such as Nuke) required

  • Production experience with physically based ray/path-tracers such as Renderman, Arnold, V-ray or similar renderers

  • Experience with industry standard DCCs such as Maya, Katana, Houdini or similar

  • Eager to learn and adapt to proprietary lighting-rendering pipeline applications and workflows

  • Working experience within a Unix and/or Linux platform

  • Programming/Scripting/Tool-building experience is a plus

  • Strong visual and technical problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment including taking direction from show leadership

  • Strong communication skills and willing to mentor newer artists

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. Disney Animation 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 our 62nd animated feature, Wish, releasing November 2023. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Encanto.

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 Walt Disney Animation Studios Vancouver Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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