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Matchmove DepartmentBodytracker / Matchmove Object Tracker

Matchmove Department

Bodytracking is a precise skill. You need to be able to accurately animate complex animation rigs to match the movement of Character or Objects often on a frame-by-frame basis. This requires a mastery of the animation toolset and excellent spatial awareness and timing.

  • Is able to animate a 3D character rig to accurately match actors in shot movement.
  • Is responsible for some of the more complex and challenging camera tracking or object tracking shots.
  • Create photo real animation that matches the live action and moves accurately through space.
  • Creates initial proxy geometry for tracked objects or environments to validate solves.
  • Block in the initial pass for full CG shots as well as blocking in initial scene layouts to match pre Vis.
  • Clean up of LIDAR scans, and general management of onset data such as organising location texture shoots and stitching HDR panoramas.
  • Interprets the Matchmove Supervisors/CG Supervisors notes and delivers on schedule.
  • Is familiar with the VFX pipe. Will help ensure smooth delivery of assets to downstream departments.

Is this role right for me?

To succeed at this job, you need:

In depth knowledge of matchmove software and terminology.

Comfortable with complex animation rigs and the animation toolset of CG software such as Maya, Houdini, 3DsMax etc.

A broad understanding of VFX pipelines.

Excellent sense of 3D space and time to accurately animate object through space and time.

A great eye for details, with high standards.

Determination to tackle and solve particularly time consuming tasks in an efficient manner.

To be highly motivated, and be able to work within a team.

An ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines

Strong communication skills to make sure important information is clearly conveyed within the Matchmove department.

Works with:

  • Camera Trackers
  • Matchmove Supervisor
  • Production Coordinator.

Career Path for Bodytracker

Career Path to Bodytracker : Experience as junior Matchmove Artist.

Career Path from Bodytracker: Matchmove Supervisor, Junior Modeler, CG Generalist.

Education Routes:  Bodytrackers often have a degree in Animation, Visual Effects or Motion design. An appropriate Show reel highlighting matchmove experience is important here.