The SPA Studios
Madrid, Spain
Job type: Contract

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Job Description

The SPA Studios are using digital tools to reimagine the charm of classical 2d animation, blended with unique cutting edge digital techniques that adds a fresh volumetric look, lighting and texturing that people have to come to expect in family movies.

We are structuring the department so artist have an opportunity to set up the shot at the Pre-Comp stage when all the digital elements are coming together, then finish the same shot when is complete in Lighting and ready for the Final Composite. The first pass is more technical, the final pass is the more artistic one.


  • Prepare and set up Nuke scenes with 2d and 3d elements, for a 2d workflow
  • Collaborate with other departments such as Layout, Ink & Paint, Lighting, and Compositing
  • Set up image sizes and formats for the background and layout departments
  • Perform technical work in support of shot lighting and comp
  • Troubleshoot and debug shot problems as they arise
  • Match and integrate 3d elements in a 2d environment
  • Solve contact and perspective issues
  • Prepare 3d projections
  • Set up and animate 2d, multiplane and 3d cameras
  • Pre-comp all the different elements from which shots are going to be created
  • Update shots as new elements and versions get published
  • Lay down a base for the Final Composite to work from
  • Provide other departments with the needed elements meeting their technical requirements
  • Ensure quality of composition of all the provided elements for each assigned shot.
  • Ensure that assigned shots fit in the continuity of a sequence and fulfil the vision of the Directors, Art Directors, and CG Supervisor while meeting the production schedule
  • Color grading and matching of the different elements
  • Apply depth of field, motion blur and other kinds of effects where requested
  • Guarantee color, mood and atmosphere continuity
  • Ensure continuity problems in shots within the sequence are addressed
  • FX integration and creation of 2d comp effects
  • Apply light and shadow 2d effects
  • Ensure that comp setups are clean, documented and easy to understand.
  • Exchange comp elements with other teams or departments

Skills & Requirements


  • Proven experience as a Compositor
  • Be self-motivated and comfortable working with deadlines and budget restrictions
  • Teamwork and excellent communication skills
  • Be able to take direction and be willing to address constructive feedback
  • Show respect for the procedures and requirements of the studio production and pipeline
  • Proficiency in Nuke is essential
  • Ability to relocate to Madrid is necessary
  • A valid EU work permit is a bonus
  • English is a must, as the work will be developed in this language

How to Apply

Please apply via The SPA Studios website

About the Company

The SPA Studios offers the highest quality in Animation, Content & Visual Development, Character Design and Storyboarding. Founded by Sergio Pablos (Director, Screenwriter and Animator), our clients include Netflix, Universal, Blue Sky, Warner and Disney among other intrustry leading companies.

The studio credits include: Despicable me, RIO, Foosbal, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan, Treasure Planet...and we are currently in production with Netflix’ biggest animation project: KLAUS.