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Digital Matte Painter

Seeking a candidate who can create beautiful, original, photo-real images for feature film, TV, and cinematic projects


Distillery VFX

The Digital Matte Painter creates beautiful, original, photo-real images for feature film, TV, and cinematic projects quickly using a broad range of approaches and techniques, maximizing ownership over the final result.


  • Digital Matte Painters at Distillery VFX primarily create photo-real environments and set extensions using 2D and 3D tools and techniques.

  • They exhibit a strong foundation in traditional, photorealistic, and digital art skills with an emphasis on landscapes.

  • They work with live action footage, digital still photography, rendered computer graphic elements, and digital paint to create environments that are seamlessly integrated into assigned shot work.

  • Responsible for creating original 2D, 2.5D and some 3D content that may comprise part or all of an environment.

  • Sources suitable reference materials for required assets.

  • Creates basic concepts and palettes.

  • Creates photorealistic paintings and elements that match concept and art direction using 2D and 3D tools including camera setup, 3D modeling, camera animation, projection setup, image re-projection, and atmospherics.

  • Produce work quickly under tight production timelines.

  • Participates in team reviews of work under development.

  • Mentors Apprentice and Jr. Artists and must be able to assist them with their shots.

  • Meets defined milestones within a timeline by attending dailies and participating in creative problem solving.

  • Creates work self-sufficiently, in many cases from start to finish across a shot.

Core Competencies:

  • Proficiency in Windows

  • Strong/Advanced Python scripting required

  • Experience in one or more of 3dsmax, Maya, Nuke, Houdini, Mari, Shotgun or similar

  • Direct experience with CG workflows and techniques

  • Ability to communicate cross-discipline and provide innovative solutions to pipeline issues.

  • Detail oriented and strong self-sufficient trouble shooter.

  • Good knowledge of the entire visual effects process, from shooting to modeling and texturing, animation, rendering and compositing

Preferred Competencies:
  • High level of problem solving and creative thinking skills.

  • Strong English communication skills.

  • Ability to quickly learn and leverage new software.

  • Time management and organizational skills.

  • Strong teamwork and interdisciplinary thinking.

  • Keen artistic eye.

Education & Experience:
  • Proven technical and artistic ability in multiple 2D/3D techniques, including basic modeling, texturing, lighting, 3D projections, paint overs and compositing.

  • Proven artistic ability in one or more traditional mediums (impressive portfolio of figure drawing, landscape, animals, painting, composition, perspective, etc.)

  • Strong knowledge and ability in perspective, photography, and physics of light and motion.

  • Extensive knowledge of Matte Painting techniques.

  • Experience with Nuke or equivalent 2D compositing software.

  • Extensive knowledge in Photoshop.

  • Some experience in 3D CG (3dsmax/Maya or similar) OR 2D Compositing (Nuke/Fusion)

  • Comparable software experience considered.

  • At least three years of relevant professional CG experience.

  • College level diploma or higher in computer graphics, fine arts, design, or photography, or related field; OR at least five years of relevant professional VFX experience in lieu of education.


Who We Are:

Distillery VFX is a full-service boutique visual effects studio in Vancouver, BC, Canada, 

We’re an ensemble of experienced compositors and generalists focused on delivering high-end environment and compositing work.

Our namesake is derived from our team’s deepest core value:

To refine our processes and workflows to their purest and most efficient forms.

What We Offer:
  • Competitive salary based on experience

  • A fun, creative and collaborative environment

  • Learn from the best in the biz

  • Dog-friendly workplace

  • Hybrid workplace

  • Commitment to COVID-19 Safety

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