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Set Extension Artist (DMP)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10037332 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Dec. 23, 2022

Job Summary:

Disney’s Set Extension/Matte Painting Artists use their knowledge of today’s CG tools, combined with their strong painting skills, to seamlessly extend digital environments in a 3D World. We currently have opportunities for Set Extension Artists to join our Vancouver Studio.

To apply for this position, you must upload a resume and a reel with a shot breakdown, featuring samples of digital matte painting (Set Extensions) and samples of shots done as a generalist. Samples of traditional painting are a plus.


  • An organic approach to executing dimensional, pre-lit, view-dependent artwork seamlessly integrated with fully CG environments

  • Work with environment team and Production Designers to stylistically extend the environments digitally for the projects we are creating

  • Create backgrounds, landscapes, and environments in a 3D world using digital rendering and painting programs such as Maya, Photoshop, Nuke, Houdini, Clarisse, etc as well as GI rendering and Disney’s proprietary software, etc.

  • Extrapolate art direction: i.e. design, architectural style, lighting and graphics, which adhere to the Production Designers overall vision

  • Support the technical aspects of the work created

  • Collaborate with the Art Department, Layout, Modeling, Look Development, and Lighting teams

  • Interpret concept art and color keys into stylized yet realistic final image 

  • Design environment for a shot based on extrapolation of more generalized concept art

  • Setup entire shot extension from scratch

  • Modeling as needed, especially complex terrain generation

  • Texture and shader generation as needed

  • Lighting of self-generated 3D assets as well as existing show assets using Dlight, Maya, and Hyperion

  • Creation of fully realized high resolution HDR digital matte paintings

  • Creation of fully composited set extension in Nuke utilizing 3D projections, creative compositing and post production motion blur and DOF

  • Take art direction from various sources and collaborate with multiple departments to achieve the final shot

  • Delivery of final frames to lighting department


  • Bachelor's degree or comparable experience

  • Professional experience required, feature animation experience preferred

  • High skill level in painting, composition, perspective, and color theory

  • Understands a 2.5D workflow with multiple projection cameras with extensive knowledge of both 2D and 3D workflows and thought processes

  • Good artistic skills with willingness to learn new workflows

  • Extensive knowledge of Mac OSX and Linux and programs such as Photoshop, Maya, Nuke, and various renderers

  • Must be able to work iteratively in a fluid and fast-paced environment, take direction easily, and be willing to participate as a member of a highly collaborative team

  • Ideal candidates would possess secondary craft skills or come from a generalist background

  • Extensive knowledge of real-world lighting and materials

  • Preferable background in tradition drawing and painting

  • Extensive understanding of shot and painting composition, with preferable knowledge of cinematography

  • Solid understanding of photography and its terminologies

  • Ability to solve complex problems in an extremely creative way

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. 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 2019’s Frozen 2, the biggest animated film of all time, to our 60th animated feature, Encanto, releasing November 2021. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, 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 Walt Disney Animation Studios Vancouver Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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