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Matte Painter for Rhythm & Hues
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Default Matte Painter for Rhythm & Hues - 10-22-2008, 04:57 PM

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".

POSITION: Matte Painter
DEPARTMENT: Art & Design Division

We are currently hiring experienced Matte Painters to join our strong VFX creative team. The Matte Painter reports to the VFX Supervisor and Art Director and will be responsible for creating matte paintings and concept art for high end VFX feature films. Positions are full time and at our studio in Playa Del Rey, CA. Projects range from 4 weeks to 6-12 months.

Collaboration with Art Director on feature film matte paintings.
Communicate and interact with other departments.
Attend dailies and any job related tasks necessary for your painting.
Must have previous feature film experience.

Must have high-level photo real painting experience and have the ability to match lighting and photo real characteristics of the plates supplied.
Strong skill base and experience in Photoshop.
Experience with 3D packages and projection painting is preferable.
High skill level in painting, composition, perspective, and color.
Experience painting mattes and set extensions.
Must have problem solving skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Must be self-motivated and self-guided.
Must know how to work with reference and work efficiently.

Qualified candidates please email or mail a cover letter, resume, reel and/or portfolio to:

Rhythm & Hues Studios
Attn: Recruitment
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5404 Jandy Place
Los Angeles, CA
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Default 02-03-2009, 05:13 AM

Hello guys, I just have one question:

How many years of experience must I have in order to be qualified?

I hope this is still open! Thanks in advance!

California is a fine place to live - if you happen to be an orange.
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Default 02-04-2009, 05:45 AM

It says in the other brief 3 years, but if you're good it usually doesn't matter ;) Also I don't understand why every such briefs says you need to be "highly skilled" in painting (you need to know how to paint but not to be a master). Anyway, this is kindof off-topic :)

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Default 02-04-2009, 11:08 AM

Personally I think there has to be a competent level of skill in an artist besides just using photos and 3D.
Employing an artist capable of handling light, tone, design, and mood just with a brush is just as important and essential in some cases.

Besides working on finished mattes, artists are often required to rough a concept painting together during the design process for approval.
This process can mean a lot backwards and forwarding between the director and the artist. It is greatly helped by an artist that can paint proficiently, believe me.

Justin Atkinson
Digital Mattepainter / Concept Artist
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Default 02-04-2009, 10:39 PM

I agree, but as I said somewhere else, by 'high skill' I understand a master who can paint in oils and such...knowing how to paint is a must but doesn't mean high skill necessary

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