What is a Matchmover?
A Matchmover is the bridge between 2D and 3D. A Matchmover is responsible for match moving, which is a technique that allows the insertion of computer graphics into live-action footage.
What is the Job?
Match moving has become a standard visual effects technique in almost every case where live-action materials and computer-generated imagery are combined. It allows real and virtual scenes to be seamlessly merged together, to make them appear as if they are from the same perspective.
The most basic duty of a Matchmover is to match a CG camera to a live action camera, as well as matching animated objects and characters to real-world objects and characters. This is done by object-matching and tracking the movement of a camera through a shot so that a virtual camera can reproduce identical motion through the use of the latest match moving software.
For a Matchmover, attention to detail is vital, as CG footage must be inserted into live footage in the correct orientation, scale, position, and motion to ensure that all elements line up perfectly. A Matchmover is usually part of a team that will have to work to strict deadlines. You’ll work in an environment that changes almost as fast as you can adapt to it.
- Knowledge of both 2D and 3D
- Understanding of how trackers work
- Good eye for detail
- Resilience to take a lot of feedback and criticism of your work
- Ability to adapt to new environments
- Good problem-solving skills
- Good communication skills
Salary & Working Hours
As the role of Matchmover is an entry-level position, salaries range from approximately £21,000 to £24,000.
Working hours are likely to be normal working hours, however you should expect long hours of detailed work requiring patience and practice, especially when deadlines are approaching.
How To Become a Matchmover
Despite the fact that the job is considered an entry-level position, you still need basic knowledge of its concepts, as well as experience and education. The majority of Matchmovers have a degree in computer graphics, animation, or another related area.
The most important aspect is gaining experience, as this what most employers are most interested in. A talent for object matching and camera tracking is important for success as a match mover, and an understanding of camera attributes, modelling, and the latest software like PFTrack, Maya Live, or BouJou is all expected.
Where Can It Take You?
The role of a Matchmover is a good position to start off with when you are first entering the industry. However, it is usually a stepping stone to other careers in the industry. The role will provide you with the opportunity to become skilled in camera techniques and shots, and will add to your overall filmic knowledge. The skills you acquire will allow you to go onto many other careers.
Become a Matchmover
If you are ready for the next step in your career, why not take a look at the latest Matchmover vacancies on our jobs board? You can view our latest Matchmover vacancies here.