Motion Control Operator (Portland, OR)

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General Summary
The Motion Control Operator is responsible for designing, programming, and executing camera moves and special effects camera passes for stop motion feature film production.

Essential Job Functions

  • Handle technically challenging moves and be ready to problem solve with the Director, Director of Photography and lighting Cameraperson.
  • Operate with intimate knowledge of the Kuper motion control system. 
  • Ensure the correct and timely recording of all background and additional passes essential to a shot within a reasonable time frame adhering to the shooting schedule.
  • Troubleshoot technical problems associated with motion control rigs. 
  • Collaborate with the engineering department to ensure that machinery is safe, clean and in good working condition.
  • Handle move and set-up of motion control rigs and other motion control support gear between the working stages.
  • Ensure that motion control rigs plus related equipment is set up in a safe, operational, and efficient manner for each filming day.
  • Work with artists and crew utilizing the stage space.


  • 3+ years industry experience as a Motion Control Operator.
  • Experience in stop motion animation preferred especially at feature, episodic and commercials level.
  • Knowledge of on-set animation and motion control.
  • Working knowledge of camera and lighting equipment and an understanding of camera angles and lighting techniques.
  • Proficiency with Kuper motion control system and Dragonframe software.
  • Ability to multi-task, switch tasks quickly and efficiently as priorities change.
  • Ability to combine creativity with technical skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of equipment safety.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to work with all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Detail oriented.

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 50 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 stage conditions and is exposed to variable indoor temperatures. The noise level is usually quiet or moderate.

On-site in 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.
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More Information on LAIKA, LLC
LAIKA, LLC operates in the Digital Media industry. The company is located in Hillsboro, OR. LAIKA, LLC was founded in 2005. It has 553 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Health Insurance Benefits, 401(K), Stocked Kitchen. To see all 26 open jobs at LAIKA, LLC, click here.
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