The Soft Goods/Model Maker builds a broad range of miniature scale, 3-dimensional models and props required on a stop motion animated feature film utilizing unique fabrication techniques and styles with a comprehensive understanding of materials.
Essential Job Functions
Analyze soft goods specific model/prop drawings to build to required specifications.
Study and make an assessment of models/props (sourcing and selection of fabrics, fabric dyeing and printing techniques, material recommendations for soft items) to achieve each build according to technical and stylistic specifications.
Sculpt and create appropriate, on style, masters and prep for molding process.
Integrate substrates, meshes, and wiring for rigging and animation needs for prescribed soft goods items.
Maintain and repair models and props to ensure the quality of the film is kept intact.
Understand and interpret the creative vision of the Production Designer and/or Art Director.
Safely operate standard manual and power tools (heat press, industrial sewing machines, dyeing pots, saws, sanders, etc.).
Meet model and prop building duties as required within production schedules as set forth by the Art Department Production Manager, while maintaining a high standard of quality.
Maintain a direct communication line with the Print Ops team for soft goods specific graphics in production that are to be passed through to soft goods.
Help in the general upkeep of the workshop.
3+ years' experience in a model shop with soft goods for a stop motion production or visual effects environment where construction of models for miniatures was required.
Demonstrates knowledge of model shop, fabrics and soft goods construction, prop design, tool usage, and equipment safety.
Strong aesthetic sense, able to think creatively, and interpret the unique style of the film into 3D designs.
Detail oriented with strong spatial skills.
Experience and skills making costumes, jewelry, metal work and architecture models, a plus.
Experience in stop motion set dressing, a plus.
Physical Demands and Work environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk; stand; sit; use hands to operate standard shop equipment; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear both in person and by telephone. The employee must lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee works under typical shop conditions and is exposed to variable indoor temperatures. The noise level is usually moderate. In certain assignments, an employee may occasionally work near moving equipment and be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, airborne fumes and loud, prolonged noise (hearing protection required when using power tools).
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
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