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Mercury Filmworks

Layout Artist

Layout & Location Design – Ottawa, Ontario
Department Layout & Location Design
Employment Type Contractor

Layout Artist- Contractor

 Mercury Filmworks is currently seeking an experienced Layout Artist Contractor to join our team in Ottawa. This position is an excellent opportunity to work alongside our creative team to inspire and lead the visual direction of a 2D production. Our passion for storytelling through art and animation is evident in each of our productions, as we continuously push the envelope and exceed expectations for what is possible in animation. No detail is too small, and no process or method is above being reinvented for the benefit of our partners and audiences. Join our team of over 250 of Canada’s most creative and talented animators, directors, and producers.

Job Description:

We are currently seeking a highly creative Layout Artist Contractor to join our team working on a challenging, fast-paced production. This individual must be extremely self-motivated, possess exceptional artistic skills, have an impeccable eye for layout, and great attention to detail. The Layout Artist will work under the guidance of the Layout Supervisor to complete all layouts from storyboards maintaining the performance and staging of the boards. Using location designs as reference to draw all layouts for assigned shots and collaborate with the Layout Supervisor to complete revisions and other changes.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Create skillful animation layout drawings based on storyboard panels whilst maintaining the show style.
  • Accurately interpret the perspective and composition laid out in a storyboard.
  • Use knowledge and skill to strengthen the shows visual language.
  • Support the team with fixes when necessary.
  • Finalize and clean up designs using Photoshop.
  • Collaborate with Layout Supervisor in order to problem solve and share information related to show/ assigned tasks.

Job Requirements:

  • Great sense of perspective and composition.
  • Ability to adapt to the required design style and interpret concept designs into the desired layout.
  • Proficient experience in Photoshop software.
  • Great sense of character posing.
  • Can thrive in a collaborative work environment.
  • Able to take direction and willing to take on constructive feedback.
  • Can work calmly and efficiently under pressure.
  • High attention to detail and good organization skills.
  • Ability to solve problems within a production pipeline.
  • Diploma or Certificate in Animation considered an asset. 
  • Previous work experience as a layout artist and exposure to animated productions is a definite asset.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen and Ontario resident, residing locally would be preferred.

How to Apply: Please send your resume and portfolio to: and reference: LA03-20 on the front and in the subject line of all submissions.

Small Print: Mercury Filmworks places as great an emphasis on recruiting for character and fit as it does on core skills and experience. Qualified candidates that meet ALL the characteristics above are encouraged to apply regardless of where they live. All candidates must be willing to test in advance of an interview.  Mercury Filmworks is an equal opportunity employer, and by equal, we really mean equal. We have no preferences or bias beyond the professional qualifications.


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  • Location
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Department
    Layout & Location Design
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