Lead Layout TD - Film & Episodic

  • Film
  • London, United Kingdom

Lead Layout TD - Film & Episodic

Job description

The Layout TD is responsible for building/maintaining all elements that make up a shot so as to make it ready for the Animation department. This layout is used to setup/pre-visualize shots correctly before the beginning of animation and allow downstream CG departments to use as the foundation for shot construction.


  • Manage and lead a team of Layout TDs to supply shots to Animation

  • Lead the standard of Layout work by example, always demonstrating an expert standard of skill

  • Work with production teams to ensure that the bidding and scheduling of Layout work is accurate

  • Have a good understanding of key shots on a show, and the potential creative and technical challenges to be resolved and advise appropriately

  • Where necessary take artistic responsibility for producing ‘hero’ shots, and creating master scenes or templates for the team to use

  • Assign appropriate tasks to Senior, Mid and Junior team members, showing a strong understanding of their abilities and the project workflow and timing

  • Be a key contact for production and supervisors ensuring clear communication as to creative challenges and solutions and delays to scheduling

  • Maintain a good relationship with all other departments and address any issues promptly

  • Train, share knowledge and take responsibility for the progression of more junior members of the team

  • Provide regular feedback and quality control for the work

  • Work with HOD to review workflow and tools in conjunction with leads from multiple shows

  • Advise HOD of any advances made on a project for integration into other shows

  • Report any specific show issues that affect Layout to HOD and DM

  • Set a high level of professionalism for the team, displaying calmness, integrity and positivity

  • Guide artists in team on how best to present work

  • Give feedback to the team on submissions and help guide comments in daily sessions

  • Highlight any crewing issues to HOD and DM

Job requirements

Essential skills:

  • Strong Maya knowledge with excellent problem solving skills and a solid understanding of the visual effects pipeline

  • Good attention to detail and a proactive approach to identifying and resolving issues in order to maintain continuity within the sequence

  • Strong demonstrable experience in sequence and shot composition

  • Good working knowledge of cinematography in a virtual environment

  • Excellent understanding of practical cameras and camera techniques

  • Excellent technical problem solving skills

  • Ability to work under pressure on potentially short turnaround times

  • Ability to take direction and feedback

Desirable skills :

  • Previous experience of scene layout to match previz or storyboard reference

  • Previous experience in camera tracking and animation blocking is advantageous

  • Basic Mel and Python scripting is ideal but not required

  • Organisation skills and able to create tidy scenes for use in the rest of the pipeline

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent organisation skills

  • Experience in using Dynamixyz or similar facial tracking software

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