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THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization Overview

Los Angeles, CA
201 to 500 employees
2004
Company - Private
Media
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
THE THIRD FLOOR is a visualization studio dedicated to supporting the production of next-generation media content for feature film, television, commercials, video games, virtual reality and themed attractions. Working hand-in-hand with directors, producers and key crew, the ... Read more

Mission: At THE THIRD FLOOR, we're connected by our love for storytelling. Through creating previs, postvis, and pitchvis, our studio helps design some of the most ambitious films, commercials, game cinematics, and more. We have offices in the U.S. and overseas, with ... Read more

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  • They say that breakfast is the important meal of the day and we agree. Every Monday we provide nosh for our employees to start their day (and week) off on the right foot!

  • TBT to a few weeks ago when one of our Sups from LA went to visit our team in Atlanta and they had an epic white water rafting adventure together! What cool things have you done with your coworkers after hours?

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THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization – Why Work For Us?


Our mission nurturing an artistic community that strengthens stories and

ideas through collaborative visualization.

We are the world’s leading visualization studio.

We use the virtual world to imagine, plan and problem solve for stories in film, television, games, VR and themed attractions.

We started out in 2004 with a handful of dedicated artists.

Now we’ve grown into a global company, partnering with our clients in locations like London, South Africa, Ireland, Australia and Canada.

We are a company of artists, for artists.

Our founders still work as artists, supervisors and creative directors on projects.

We are a community of award-winning talent.

We love helping the world’s leading creatives realize their vision.

Film & TV

We visualize your story at every stage of its creation.

From storyboards to post-production, we collaborate with you to explore your narrative, design shots and plan technical solutions.

Pitchvis

Before your project is even greenlit, you can test your concept with a custom-made previs trailer.

Our “pitchvis” trailers have been used to help greenlight Godzilla (2014), Men in Black 3, Jack the Giant Slayer, Oz: The Great and Powerful and others.

Storyboards & Animatics

To kick off the visualization process, our storyboard artists sketch story beats for each scene.

The editorial department cuts these shots into animatics for review.

Asset & World Building

Next we build the world your story lives in.

In Maya’s 3D virtual space, we generate each scene’s environment and elements.

Previs

With the assets in place, our artists animate the story and shots. The 3D visualization allows you to explore every action and angle. Previs is your sandbox and stress-test before you shoot.

Techvis

Once previs captures your vision, we run a technical analysis to see how the story can be physically shot.

Our workflow stores all technical information (lens type, camera distance, size of a greenscreen, speed of a vehicle) and produces blueprints for physical production.

Virtual Production

Our iterative, nonlinear virtual production workflow merges virtual environments and characters with your physical production.

We use imagery and 3D spatial data generated during previs to provide services such as virtual location scouting and on-set visualization.

Postvis

After production, we combine the previs elements with the live action photography to quickly preview the film before implementing final VFX.

Postvis provides a post-production blueprint for your VFX team and a comprehensive look at the film for test screenings.

Our company was started by artists – for artists.

Our goal is to create a collaborative and thriving environment where people can reach their greatest potential.

We cast each of our shows, matching artists with projects they are passionate about.

From VR, films, theme parks and more, we have a variety of projects where we can utilize your unique skills and interests.


Lunch and learns, guest speakers, training sessions, and scholarship opportunities are all the status quo around here to help you grow in your craft and your career.

We could run down the list of everything we offer like benefits, paid Parental Leave and a 401(k), but we think our perks best exemplify our company culture. Take a look and decide for yourself:

  • Monday breakfast
  • Wednesday Coffee- Starbucks or Coffee Bean?
  • Friday lunch
  • Fun Fridays:
    Themed Friday events with drinks and apps every few weeks
  • Company events:
    Summer Family Day Picnic and a rockin’ Holiday party
  • 2 weeks hiatus over the winter holidays
  • Crew screenings – enjoy watching the fruits of your labor in the TTF theater
  • Artist sponsored events:
    Game nights, Formal Fridays, and WTF Wednesdays (bimonthly screenings that swing for the fences!)
  • Plenty of snacks and drinks at the TTF Café!

If any of this has piqued your interest, we encourage you to take a look at our current open opportunities here!

THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization Reviews

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    - The studio culture seems more focused on the work, rather than trying to sell you on how special the studio is, how lucky you are to be there, etc. I didn't experience the Kool-Aid drinking that's expected at many studios. Being the big dog in previz, a relatively unsung and unglamorous part of the industry, is likely a part of that.
    - Paid me my asking rate. Met some people who felt underpaid, but my experience was they paid me the going industry rate for my experience level.
    - Health benefits are kicking in for contractors. That's pretty exceptional.
    - Decent perks like snacks, coffee, breakfast and lunch once a week.
    - Congenial production and support staff.
    - They provide a lot of employment to a lot of people, which is increasingly unusual in Los Angeles.
    - They pay their OT.
    - Desire to avoid excessive OT and especially weekend work seemed genuine.
    - Founders of the company are accessible and continue to be active in doing the work.
    - I liked being able to walk the grounds of La Brea Tar Pits and LACMA at lunch.

    Cons

    - Mostly contract work, with short notice for when jobs start, and uncertain end dates. I know people who have been there steadily for years, but the nature of TTF's work means they can't maintain a significant permanent staff. You have to understand and accept that going in.
    - Work environment is spartan and utilitarian. People move workstations all the time. No privacy when you're sitting side-by-side in rows with others.That's fine with me, but if you're impressed by studios that put a lot of money into architecture and decoration and individual offices, you may be disappointed.
    - Not the best place to build a demo reel if you want to work at other studios doing more finished work.
    - On the previz side, it would be great if there was more work that wasn't typical big effects super hero movies, but you do the work you're awarded.

    Advice to Management

    What you're doing seems to be working. Hope the foray into VR goes well.

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THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization Photos

THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization photo of: Flash back Friday to some of our Founders celebrating TTF's 10 yr anniversary a couple years back. Here's to another 10!
THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization photo of: TTF Day with the Atlanta Braves!
THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization photo of: TTF Day with the LA Dodgers! What an awesome afternoon with our team AND the Dodgers WON!
THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization photo of: One of our Shot Creators in costume for Retro games expo.. watch out!
THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization photo of: Vince enjoying some Chocolate cake, let's hope it was shared!
THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization photo of: Sour Patch Kids, Heath Bars, and many more options! Info about our great dental benefits is included. =)
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    I applied online. I interviewed at THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    The interview should have been my first clue. It was a honey-pot full of promises. It sounded too good to be true and it is!
    If you are a professional and value your career path. Do NOT accept an offer from The Third Floor Visualization.

    Interview Questions

    • How much money do you want..? Was pretty much it, they didn't care about the person they were interviewing at all. Or my goals or career path. They were only interested in what concerned them.   1 Answer
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THE THIRD FLOOR Visualization Awards & Accolades

  • Emmy Award: Outstanding Special Visual Effects, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 2016
  • HPA Award: Outstanding Visual Effects - Television, Hollywood Professional Association, 2015
  • Emmy Award: Outstanding Special Visual Effects, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 2015
  • VES Award: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode, Visual Effects Society, 2015
  • Emmy Award: Outstanding Special and Visual Effects, The Academy of Television Arts & Scieces, 2014
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