POSITION: Digital Environment Matte Painter
Two time Academy Award winner for Achievement in Visual Effects and three time recipient of the Scientific and Technical Achievement award,
Rhythm & Hues is uniquely poised for the demands of the highly competitive visual effects and character animation industry.
At the heart of Rhythm & Hues' success is its more than 20 year commitment to creating quality entertainment in a quality work environment.
A few current and upcoming feature projects include amongst others,
"The Fast & The Furious 4", "Land of the Lost" and "Night at the Museum 2".
DEPARTMENT: Art & Design
The Digital Environment Matte Painter will work closely with the Visual Effects Art Director to realize the clients vision.
The position requires a high degree of both technical skill and artistic judgment. The Digital Environment Matte Painter develops
hyper-realistic backgrounds and paintings of imaginary worlds, landscapes and sets. They also create establishing shots to visualize the scene; paintings that convey mood, atmosphere and depth that support specific scenes from the story.
Positions are full time and at our studio in Los Angeles, CA. Projects range from 2 weeks to 6-12 months.
Responsible for creating hyper-realistic backgrounds and breathtaking landscapes, matching the overall look and needs of a given project.
(Re)create photo realistic matte paintings to be used as an element to embellish or replace live action footage.
Ability to follow Art Directors direction to produce complex matte painted elements at a high standard, with a thorough understanding of perspective, lighting, and color.
Must be comfortable in a variety of implementations, be it 2D backdrops, textured elements/fixes and complex 2.5D/3D projections.
Working knowledge of the basic principles of 3D texture projections in 3D software, preferably in Maya, to enable integration.
Must learn and master new proprietary software.
Must have extensive knowledge of matte painting techniques; including color space, digital paint techniques and Photoshop file management (be it file format, bit depth resolution or appropriate layering of elements).
A high understanding and application of basic perspective as a basis for a form; building/correcting strategy in the creation of the digital environments.
Along with technical colleagues, responsible for troubleshooting painted elements.
A portfolio showcasing strong 2D and 3D skills is a must.
Minimum of 3 years experience as a digital matte painter in a production environment, preferably for feature films.
Expert knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.
Experience with a 3D package (ie. Maya, 3D Studio Max) and strong compositing knowledge.
Ability to complete paintings within a fast paced, dynamic, deadline driven environment, according to expectations.
Must be highly skilled as a painter, have knowledge of design, photography, and digital modeling to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional images for film.
Good communication skills with the ability to present ideas in a clear, concise manner.
Ability to take artistic and technical direction positively and work collaboratively with art & technical staff.
Strong composition, color and layout skills.
Knowledge of camera positioning.
Solid understanding of lighting and natural atmospheric effects.
Pro-active, Team oriented, Adaptable.
Bachelors degree in Fine Art/Painting or Illustration preferred.
Technical proficiency in photography with an emphasis on composition, depth, lighting and color.
Experience with Unix and Linux.
Qualified candidates please email or mail a cover letter, resume, reel and/or portfolio to:
Rhythm & Hues Studios
Re: Digital Env. Matte Painter position
5404 Jandy Place
Los Angeles, CA