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Landscape & Foam Carving Artist

Company: LAIKA, Inc.
Location: Hillsboro
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

General Summary

The Landscape & Foam Carving Artist is responsible for the fabrication of miniature scale organic set scenery (trees, plants, rocks, etc.) required on a stop motion animated feature film. This position focuses on creating or replicating rockwork and architectural features using polystyrene or polyurethane materials.

Job Functions

  • Fabricate, carve, and sculpt organic set scenery and architectural elements within the stylization of the show.
  • Understand, interpret and implement the creative vision of the Production Designer and Director under the guidance of the Art Director and Head of Department.
  • Produce sample materials and work on look development to help translate the Production Design into fabricated assets.
  • Create/replicate rockwork and architectural features from design drawings using polystyrene or polyurethane materials.
  • Use and apply various surface coating techniques (aqua-resin, foam coat, plaster, etc.) to fabricated items.
  • Replicate sculpted pieces, textures, and design style across various sets and locations.
  • Safely operate standard manual/power tools (drills, saws, sanders, etc.).
  • Meet Landscape building duties as required within production schedules as set forth by the Art Department Production Manager, while maintaining a high standard of quality.


  • 3+ years' experience in film or TV production art department.
  • Strong sculpting and fabrication skills (familiarity with working in miniature scale, a plus).
  • Strong aesthetic sense and knowledge of a variety of colors and textures.
  • Detail oriented and able to work with wide range of materials, especially EPS (polystyrene), polyurethane sheet foam, and 2-part polyurethane foam spray systems.
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills.
  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, a plus.
  • Metal fabrication and carpentry skills, 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 office 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 25 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).


Hillsboro, OR


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.

Please review our Employment Disclaimer and Materials Submission Agreement.

Keywords: LAIKA, Inc., Hillsboro , Landscape & Foam Carving Artist, Other , Hillsboro, Oregon

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