The Previs and Layout artist works with the Directors and Production designers to set up a preliminary set layout to define scale and location of a scene to give guidance to storyboard artists and environment modellers. The Previous and Layout artist also will work with the Directors, Production Designers, and CG Asset Lead to create sequences of shots through camera, staging and rough blocking based on existing storyboards and Director’s vision.
The role’s primary responsibility is to interpret 2D storyboards and plan and implement the cinematography of the 3D production from those storyboards.
To succeed at this job, you need:
Several years production experience as a strong CG generalist or environment modeller that can read and interpret 2D storyboards and translate them into a 3D space/environment.
You have an excellent artistic eye for cinematography and camera operations. You should have a passion for, 3D models, architecture, form, volume and space.
You should be comfortable with data management; coding and tool creation can be beneficial in this role.
Great organizational skills and ability to manage a very busy team with, while meeting production timetables and budgets.
Career Path to PreVis and Layout Artist: Several years experience in the modeling department, with generalist knowledge across the pipeline. Several years experience in storyboarding, with generalist knowledge across the pipeline. A good cinematography portfolio. Good knowledge of film language in regards to cameras, lenses, editing and visual storytelling.
Career Path from PreVis and Layout Artist: Head of Department, Director role.
Education Routes: Previs and Layout artists often have a degree in Animation, Film or Visual Effects.
Entry-level role available at Junior Previs and Layout Artist. Show reel and experience are very important.