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Compositing Instructor – Lost Boys School of VFX

Introducing Lost Boys School of VFX!

What’s in a name?

Lost Boys originates from the Peter Pan stories created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie, later to be pushed into popular culture as an animated feature film by Walt Disney. Reflecting the youthful culture of visual effects production where fantastical experiences and stories are created, Lost Boys became a place where artist vision and playful creative innovation became a daily occurrence. Today, it is a point of great pride to call oneself a Lost Boy and to carry on our 25+ years of creative legacy.

Who loves working here?

“It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness”

J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

At Lost Boys, we believe that the road to building a truly extraordinary school of VFX lies in building an equally extraordinary team of instructors and mentors. We seek to attract passionate industry professionals who are eager to share their knowledge with the next generation of creative minds behind the movies and television shows we love. We believe that a genuine love of mentoring and inspiring creative growth and exploration in a safe and supportive environment are the keys to developing the future of our craft.

The mission ahead: 

Lost Boys is on the hunt for our next Compositing Instructor to bring a fresh perspective and high energy to our world-class Advanced VFX Compositing program. The successful candidate will have extensive compositing experience in a VFX studio environment, with a pulse on the most recent trends and techniques that major studios are using now. A love for mentoring and developing junior artists would be a natural fit for this role. This is an exciting opportunity for a lifestyle transition away from studio life into a highly impactful career in educating the next generation of artists. Please note that you won’t be alone in this adventure. You’ll have a program teaching partner to lean on while you get up to speed with teaching. This partner has awesome teaching knowledge, and you would complete the dynamic duo with your in-studio know-how and technical expertise.

Day-to-day you’ll accomplish:

  • Provide one on one mentoring to the students, supporting portfolio and professional job skills development.
  • Evaluation, guidance, and approval of project concept pitches.
  • Research new compositing techniques/workflows and build close industry contacts to maintain ongoing curriculum development, ensuring an industry-relevant curriculum.
  • Design and delivery of compositing curriculum in the classroom.
  • Lecture on specialized topics to support compositing career preparation, including but not limited to industry studies, exercises, and projects.
  • Work closely with appointed staff to ensure that all curriculum, (primarily lecture video content) is uploaded and documented effectively for access through our online curriculum management system.
  • Research and make recommendations for software and hardware specific to the visual effects field; install software and maintain licensing as required.
  • Grading student projects and courses by the deadlines required by the school administration, as well as participating in quarterly student evaluations.
  • Provide feedback to the administration on applicant suitability to the program.
  • Occasional outreach to career fairs, school presentations, etc.

Your track record: 

  • 8+ years of progressive experience in live-action VFX compositing experience.
  • Thorough understanding of Nuke compositing pipeline.
  • Knowledge of other programs (Silhouette, Mocha) is an asset.
  • Experience in mentoring junior artists and/or leading a team is an asset.
  • Prior experience as a teacher or instructor is a considerable asset.
  • Solid understanding of studio workflow and studio life.

Notable benefits: 

35-hour work week with one flex day per week (work from home, applicable to 5-day weeks), competitive salary, extended medical benefits, and more!

About our Compositing Program

Lost Boys has developed the most comprehensive and successful, one-year, Compositing career pathway.  Our project-based curriculum and studio environment do an excellent job of simulating and preparing for smooth transitions into industry jobs.  With two intakes per year of 8–10 students, our applicants are carefully selected to fit the profile of skills, personality, and personal drive to maximize the success and consistency of our training outcomes.  Enjoying tight industry relationships, our curriculum has been designed and refined over the past decade to be the gold bar standard in Compositing education.  Even through the pandemic years, Lost Boys has maintained a 100% placement rate, and we continue to enjoy high demand for our graduates.

Not sure if you’re a fit? Drop us a line to say hello 🙂

At Lost Boys, we strive to create a safe and supportive environment where everyone’s unique perspective is welcomed. We believe that in order to create the most engaging learning experience possible, many diverse voices are required.