3D Shot Finaling Supervisor - BC

  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Full Time
  • Animation
  • Experienced

At Mainframe Studios, we’re creators first. We eat creative and technical challenges for breakfast and come back for more. We’ve been doing this for 25+ years, and we’re still going strong. We’re lucky enough to have the best team in the business. From our artists to our technical and production folks, everyone is passionate about collaborating on some kickass projects. We’ve partnered with the biggest names in the business to create a huge library of content. With partners like Mattel, Netflix, DreamWorks, Sony, Silvergate, and Nickelodeon, it's no wonder we’ve established ourselves as a creative force to be reckoned with.

WE WANT YOU (and your mad skills)! 

We are looking for an experienced Shot Finaling Supervisor to join our team! The Shot Finaling Supervisor is responsible for leading the Shot Finaling crew and ensuring that all assets are available and caching properly for final lighting. They collaborate with modeling and rigging to resolve technical problems related to caching. The Shot Finaling Supervisor works closely with the CG Supervisor and Art Director to make sure all creative objectives are met.

While our studio remains in beautiful Kitsilano, Vancouver, we have transitioned all of our staff to work from home during these difficult times of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our technology allows our employees to log in remotely to our on-site workstations with little or no noticeable difference from the way they worked in our studio. We now have team members working all across BC, and are happy to consider that option into the future for many positions!

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Responsible for determining the technical needs of the department and will work with the CG Supervisor to develop or modify the tools used within the department.
  • Oversees shot consistency and quality in preparation for final lighting.
  • Oversees the team in the development and/or modification of tools used with the department including scripting and writing tools to facilitate the shot finaling process.
  • Casts artists per their strengths.
  • Responsible for performance management and artists’ reviews.
  • Ability to prioritize artwork deliverables with the goal to facilitate optimal work flow in the production pipeline as it pertains to animation production.
  • Provides vision, feedback, motivation and encouragement to the team.
  • Motivates, mentors and supports the team to consistently strive towards excellence.
  • Interprets, implements and facilitates notes and feedback from the Art Director and CG Supervisor in a timely and qualitatively acceptable way.
  • Supervises completion of all shot finaling assignments per production schedule.
  • Adheres to digital file management protocols.
  • Supports and integrates the values of Mainframe; that being a commitment to innovation, creativity, professionalism and inspiration.
  • Interacts respectfully with colleagues, staff members and clients.
  • Additional duties as requested.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Degree and/or diploma in fine arts or animation or equivalent experience required.
  • 4-6+ years of experience working in a professional environment within their discipline.
  • Worked on at least 2-3 high-end, feature quality productions.  Lead or Supervisor experience preferred.
  • Superior modeling skills and an advanced sense of aesthetics.
  • Superior level of proficiency in Maya is required.
  • Superior experience in Mental Ray and/or Renderman is required, as well as expert knowledge of Python. 
  • Evaluates and recommends relevant software programs.
  • Ability to liaise with artists, crew/technical staff and clearly communicate production process, plans and concepts and set clear expectations.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills.  Practices attentive and active listening.  Shares information, methodologies and ideas with others.
  • Excellent leadership skills inspiring the team to work as a cohesive unit and eager to put forth their best.  Ability to predict potential problems and trouble shoot as necessary.
  • Proven abilities to oversee Shot Finaling Department and in ensuring work quality and consistency.
  • Highly motivated, pro-active, solutions-oriented, solid work ethic and positive attitude.  Ability to work well under pressure.  Consistently strives to expand knowledge base.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills.  Ability to multitask and delegate.
  • Outstanding problem solving skills and ability to work collaboratively.  Adaptable to change, he/she can alter course of action quickly per production needs.
  • Makes decisions in a timely manner.  Accepts accountability for own actions.  Creatively solves problems, eliminates roadblocks and focuses on issue at had.
  • Responsible for managing the Shot Finaling Department and in meeting quota expectation per project’s requirements.


Mainframe Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which means we will not discriminate against any individual based on race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law. This policy applies to every aspect of employment at Mainframe Studios, including recruitment, hiring, training, advancement, and termination. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and partners. Should you require accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please let us know your requirements when contacted.

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