Paint and Roto Artist

  • Film
  • Montreal, Canada

Paint and Roto Artist

Job description

Paint and Roto Artists work closely with Compositors to help them integrate all elements of an image, including CG and live action, to create film visual effects shots. This includes creating mattes for CG hold-outs as well as using various techniques and software to remove items such as wires, rigs and tracking markers.


  • Analyze shots for components breakdown with minimal supervision
  • Understand feedback given by supervisors
  • Create roto mattes for Compositors to use and has a comprehensive understanding of how these mattes will be used
  • Demonstrate the ability to use different techniques to remove rigs and tracking markers
  • Strong eye for color and understand grain structure and successfully de-grains scans and re-grains paint work for further use
  • Extensive understanding of 2D and 3D tracking and is able to create accurate, steady tracks
  • Create foreground mattes for Animators to use within Maya
  • Reconstruct plates or part of the plates even if the elements do not exist
  • Research appropriate references and respect sequence continuity to ensure cohesive delivery
  • Use expressions within Nuke to help aid paint work
  • Understanding of the 3D environment within Nuke and is able to use geo data to
  • project clean plates and understand how to use UV projections
  • Accurately bid on how long paint and roto shots will take to complete
  • Proactively learn and/or develop specific Framestore gizmos and workflows
  • Complete basic composites in Nuke and demonstrate keying, grading, re-timing and screen insertion skills
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn new techniques and software and to share this knowledge with other artists in the department

Job requirements

Essential Skills:

  • Traditional art and design skills including a knowledge of composition and colour
  • Previous use of Nuke
  • Prior knowledge of a Linux based operating system
  • An understanding of motion blur and how it affects mattes and patches
  • Prior use of a roto-scoping package, ideally Silhouette
  • A desire to learn new techniques and teach fellow artists
  • An Arts or Science degree in a moving picture or art related subject
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Team-working abilities
  • The ability to take criticism and feedback
  • Good problem solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other artists

Desirable Skills:

  • Prior experience in a Paint and Roto role
  • 3D Maya interface experience
  • An understanding of Python scripting and how to use this to create and edit Framestore gizmos
  • Planar and point tracking software experience
  • A general understanding of the VFX production and comp workflows
  • A knowledge of photography and practical lighting

Framestore is proud to employ extraordinary talent across all genders, races, nationalities, religions, ages, abilities and sexual preferences. We aim to encourage and support all of our current and future employees to achieve their potential. No job applicant will receive less favourable treatment on any basis when applying for a career with us.