Art Director

Industrial Light & Magic
London, United Kingdom
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

The Art Director is responsible for interpreting ideas communicated by the Director/Key Creative of a show(s) into traditional concept art and storyboards for  Feature Film, Specialty Film, and Commercial work.

  • Responsible for creating or providing concept art, storyboards, photo reference, and video reference to communicate ideas and develop goals for the design and look of a show(s)
  • Provides conceptual paintovers and look direction for sequences and key shots for directorial approval. Art work is then used as a template for CG artists to complete work.
  • Provides creative direction and feedback to a team of concept artists, supervising the creation of artwork, storyboards, and materials; leads team to stay on schedule
  • Oversees the creation of CG assets from Concept art, ensuring design continuity through the production process.
  • Responsible for interacting directly with clients, including Directors and Production Designers during production periods and at spec and bid work phases; ensures first unit production design and aesthetic is carried through post production and refined according to the director’s vision
  • Partners with CG leadership, ensuring work is done according to the specifications of Director/Key Creatives
  • Tracks and archives all work including project files, renders, source images, and textures 
  • Partners with production on bids and scheduling, proactively raising concerns and offering solutions when necessary
  • Actively participates in dailies and transmissions

Skills & Requirements

Education / Experience:

  • Experience in Film or Video Effects and/or Film production, including knowledge of cinematic techniques, language and shot composition
  • Full portfolio demonstrating high-level traditional art skills and breadth of subject matter.  Highly proficient at rendering imaginary scenes with little or no reference
  • Submission release form needs to be completed before portfolio/reel can be reviewed

Required Skills / Competencies:

  • Developed “eye” and strong aesthetic
  • Clear understanding of anatomy and motion of organic and mechanical forms.
  • Demonstrated understanding and creation of photo real work
  • Experience creating environments, hard surface, and creature design
  • Ability to work closely with CG leadership and within a production environment
  • Ability to support different productions with various design needs
  • Ability to work under pressure while implementing changes based on input from multiple sources
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Preferred Skills / Competencies

  • Set experience preferred 

Technical Skills:

  • Knowledge of Macintosh computer systems including word processing, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Proficiency in design software required (Photoshop, Painter, Sketch-up, Modo, etc.)
  • Ability to assemble research and reference material that will be influential to clients and design team

How to Apply

About the Company

For over thirty-five years, Industrial Light & Magic has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects. ILM has been awarded 15 Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, received 26 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards, and was presented with the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 2004.