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Expression of Interest – Color Artist

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About the job

  • Create background paintings and color keys which will be used as references by the surfacing and lighting departments.
  • Might create color scripts.
  • Work closely with art director, production designer and directors.

Must have

  • Strong artistic skills in design, painting, perspective and composition.
  • Advanced software skills in Photoshop.
  • In-depth knowledge of lighting principles and balance.
  • Good understanding of volumes.
  • Good understanding of cinematography and light staging.
  • Understanding of layout and spacing.
  • Background in art history.

Nice to have

  • Experience in traditional painting.
  • Previous experience on feature films.

About you

  • French and/or English fluency is required.
  • Good communication skills and ability to take notes and directions.
  • Ability to work within a team, prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines.
  • Available or willing to relocate to Paris (remote work unavailable) .
  • We favor European Union citizens or candidates with French work permit. The process of obtaining a visa being so complex and timeconsuming, only foreign candidates with a significative experience will be considered, for a selection of senior jobs.

About us

Illumination Studios Paris is the leading studio for animated films in Europe.

Based in Paris, the studio is known for its blockbusters such as the franchise “Despicable Me”, “Minions”, “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing” – all produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures.

Graphic designer

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About the job

  • Design visuals for posters, products packaging, magazine covers, shop signs, user interface designs (control rooms, dashboards, etc…) that appear in the sets of animated feature films currently in production.
  • Harmonize drawing, typography and color within the design to create a ready-to-use image.
  • Think creatively and propose funny, striking and original concepts, graphics and layouts, to enrich the visual content of the film while remaining faithful to the artistic spirit of the film.
  • Adapt to the period of the films, whether it is old or modern designs.
  • Work closely with Art Director and Directors

Must have

  • Strong artistic skills in design, drawing, painting, perspective and composition.
  • Advanced software skills in Photoshop.
  • In-depth knowledge of typography, characters’ anatomy and color science is required.

Nice to have

  • Knowledge of basic animation and visual effects using After Effects.
  • Knowledge of Illustrator.
  • Background in art history.

About you

  • French and/or English fluency is required.
  • Good communication skills and ability to take notes and directions.
  • Ability to work within a team, prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines.
  • Remote work is possible in the long term, but the position has to be filled primarly in Paris.
  • We favor European Union citizens or candidates with French work permit. The process of obtaining a visa being so complex and timeconsuming, only foreign candidates with a significative experience will be considered, for a selection of senior jobs.

About us

Illumination Studios Paris, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2011, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films, including Despicable Me—the most successful animated franchise in cinematic history—as well as Dr. Seuss’ The LoraxDr. Seuss’ The Grinch and The Secret Life of Pets and Sing films. Illumination’s soon-to-be released The Super Mario Bros. Movie will join a studio library that includes two of the top 10 animated films of all time. Illumination’s iconic, beloved franchises—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $8 billion worldwide. Illumination has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures. Illumination’s upcoming films in 2023 include The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Migration.

Illumination Studios Paris is based in Paris and the Producer Illumination is located in Santa Monica

Expression of Interest – Lighting (Fall 2024)

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About the job

  • The lighting artist works in pairs with the compositing artist, and also within a team with a lead and a supervisor.
  • Transcribe and interpret artistic requests in a technical environment.
  • Work with visual references (photography, concept art, etc…) and implement them in a simple and efficient manner.

Must have

  • Proficiency in different ray tracing rendering softwares (ex: Renderman, Arnold, Vray, etc…).
  • Ability to quickly master custom in-house production tools.
  • Artistic culture (photography, pictorial, cinematography).

Nice to have

  • Professionnal experience on animated films.
  • Experience in shading.
  • Knowledge of Nuke.
  • Knowledge of Python.
  • Knowledge of optics science.

About you

  • French and/or English fluency is required.
  • Good communication skills and ability to take notes and directions.
  • Ability to work within a team, prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines.
  • Onsite work only (no remote work).
  • We favor European Union citizens or candidates with French work permit. We will not be able to obtain a visa for this position.

About us

Illumination Studios Paris is the leading studio for animated films in Europe. Based in Paris, the studio is known for its blockbusters such as the franchise “Despicable Me”, “Minions”, “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing” – all produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures.

Expression of Interest – Animation (Summer 2024)

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About the job

  • Responsible for expediting high quality character animation for feature films.
  • Work closely with Animation Supervisors and Leads to create skilled animation with strong acting performances and convincing motion.

Must have

  • Thorough knowledge of Maya.
  • Creativity!
  • Strong knowledge of posing, weight, timing, animal and human motion.

Nice to have

  • Previous experience on animated films.
  • Have a good technical understanding of models and rigs.

About you

  • French and/or English fluency is required.
  • Good communication skills and ability to take notes and direction.
  • Ability to work within a team, prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines.
  • Available or willing to relocate to Paris (remote work unavailable).
  • We favor European Union citizens or candidates with French work permit. The process of obtaining a visa being so complex and timeconsuming, only foreign candidates with a significative experience will be considered, for a selection of senior jobs.

About us

Illumination Studios Paris is the leading studio for animated films in Europe. Based in Paris, the studio is known for its blockbusters such as the franchise “Despicable Me”, “Minions”, “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing” – all produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures.

Expression of Interest – VFX (Summer/Fall 2024)

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About the job

  • Responsible for effects works in Houdini and Maya.
  • Create either stylized or photorealistic effects based on the concept art.
  • Accurately interpret concept art and designs from the Art Department.
  • Work in partnership with effects specialists to ensure that shots are delivered to the highest possible standard.

Must have

  • A thorough understanding of Houdini and Maya
  • Previous experience creating FX elements and working with fluid & particle dynamics
  • Ability to quickly master custom in-house production tools

Nice to have

  • Basic knowledge of lighting and compositing (Nuke)
  • Basic knowledge of Python, Mel and Hscript
  • Feature film experience

About you

  • French and/or English fluency is required
  • Good communication skills and ability to take notes and directions.
  • Ability to work within a team, prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines.
  • Available in Paris or remotely.
  • We favor European Union citizens or candidates with French work permit. The process of obtaining a visa being so complex and timeconsuming, only foreign candidates with a significative experience will be considered, for a selection of senior jobs.

About us

Illumination Studios Paris is the leading studio for animated films in Europe. Based in Paris, the studio is known for its blockbusters such as the franchise “Despicable Me”, “Minions”, “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing” – all produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures.

Expression of Interest – Storyboard

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About the job

  • The storyboard department produces the first version of the movie in drawings.
  • These drawings (or panels), once edited and dubbed as animatics, are used through production in order to plan the needs of all the shots that will constitute the film, both technical (framings, camera movements, special effects, etc…) and artistic (animation, sound recording, music, sets, matte paintings, etc…).

Must have

  • At ease with character and environment drawings (realistic/cartoon drawings, mastery of perspective).
  • Sense of narrative and notions of cinematography (be able to exploit staging, framing, composition, continuity editing, timing and all the key components of the scenes).
  • Good understanding of the cinematographic vocabulary and of storytelling.
  • Bring new and innovative ideas and approaches.
  • Capacity to bring a character to life (poses, acting, meaningful emotions).
  • Strong knowledge of Photoshop or storyboard software (ex: Toon Boom).

Nice to have

  • Experience on animated feature films

About you

  • French and/or English fluency is required.
  • Good communication skills and ability to take notes and directions.
  • Ability to work within a team, prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines.
  • Available or willing to relocate to Paris (remote work unavailable).
  • We favor European Union citizens or candidates with French work permit. We will not be able to obtain a visa for this position.

About us

Illumination Studios Paris, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2011, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films, including Despicable Me—the most successful animated franchise in cinematic history—as well as Dr. Seuss’ The LoraxDr. Seuss’ The Grinch and The Secret Life of Pets and Sing films. Illumination’s soon-to-be released The Super Mario Bros. Movie will join a studio library that includes two of the top 10 animated films of all time. Illumination’s iconic, beloved franchises—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $8 billion worldwide. Illumination has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures. Illumination’s upcoming films in 2023 include The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Migration.

Illumination Studios Paris is based in Paris and the Producer Illumination is located in Santa Monica