VFX Trainer

Other Toronto, Ontario Vancouver, Canada Montréal, Quebec


Position at DNEG

VFX Trainer 

The Global Training Department is essential to the continuous success of DNEG as a leader in the VFX industry. We are committed to helping our artists and technologists reach their full potential by empowering them with the tools and workflows needed  to adapt to the global DNEG pipeline.

If you are a 3D generalist with interest/expertise in the areas of Build, Creature, and FX with some of the most experienced subject matter experts (SME’s) in those areas. You will have the opportunity to take deep dives into tools and workflows and bring that knowledge to the classroom. A passion for both teaching and learning is essential.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Delivery of inductions, covering the DNEG pipeline, tools & technical environment
  • Working with SME’s in each discipline to deliver core training programs
  • Support SME’s to deliver specialist training when required
  • Supporting crew with internal knowledge-share presentations
  • Delivery of DNEG’s entry-level ‘Greenlight’ training programs and other programs designed to fast track artists and production staff into current productions. 
  • Contributing to maintenance and development of training materials & documentation staged on the DNEG studiowide wiki
  • Authoring, staging, and vetting new titles and courses on the DNEG studiowide Learning Management System (LMS) 
  • Supporting each department in identifying and evaluating training needs
  • Working globally with the training team to address training needs

Required Skills

  • Degree or diploma 3D Animation, VFX, Computer Graphics, Cinema/TV, Entertainment Technologies
  • At least 3 years experience educating/training/mentoring in the Animation/VFX/Entertainment industry
  • Experience working with DCC packages and plugins such as Houdini, Maya, Ziva, RenderMan in a show environment
  • Experience developing training curricula for artists and support staff – user guides, video tutorials, and documentation templates
  • Team player with the ability to work closely with a global training team
  • Manage documentation and training projects while collaborating with a global team of subject matter experts and training crew
  • Report progress timely to the training stakeholders including Heads of Departments, Heads of Training, and global training crew.

Desired Skills:

  • Previous experience working with Houdini/Solaris
  • Experience working with LMS authoring/staging environments (e.g. EasyGenerator/Saba Cloud)
  • Experience developing VFX training curricula
  • Experience with procedural workflows in Houdini
  • Scripting/coding experience (python, mel, vex, etc.)

About you:

  • Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Engaging and empathetic educator
  • Multi-tasker with the ability to support global training needs
  • Proactive with ability to anticipate upcoming training and documentation needs
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with subject matter experts in your area. 

About Us
We are DNEG, one of the world’s leading VFX and animation studios for the creation of award-winning feature film, television and multiplatform content. We employ nearly 8,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver), Europe (London) and Asia (Bangalore, Mohali,Chennai, Mumbai).