FX TD

CG Artist London, United Kingdom


Description

Position at Industrial Light & Magic

Position Summary

The FX TD generates FX animation, procedural simulation, dynamic simulation, particle and fluid systems for feature film visual effects. They are responsible for lighting, rendering and moderate-level compositing of complex shots with guidance from their supervisors.

Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Designs and creates FX animation, procedural simulation, dynamic simulation, particle and fluid systems
  • Light complex/multiple creatures (hairy or furry creatures) and elements
  • Can set-up and wrangle heavy particle effects and enormous crowd shots
  • Excellent pipeline scripting ability
  • Solid compositing ability, can wrangle blue-screen extractions, working knowledge of Nuke
  • Can write plug-ins, debug simulations and write set up and surface shaders with proficiency
  • Can write/hack procedural surface shaders and volumetric shaders with proficiency
  • Can animate moderate objects with proficiency
  • Can pick-up new techniques quickly and easily and can debug just about anything
  • Sets a standard for all Technical Directors in continually raising the bar for speed, quality of work and adaptability
  • Create feature film quality effects using Houdini
  • Coaching and mentoring artists in new techniques and efficiencies

Education / Experience

  • Proven production experience or feature film experience with effects simulation work
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering or computer graphics or equivalent work experience
  • Demo reel required

Required Skills / Competencies

  • Ability to work with competency, energy and enthusiasm within a team environment with minimal supervision to complete a shot.
  • Exhibits excellent listening and communication skills, able to receive direction and criticism
  • Excellent presentation/communication skills in dailies/shot review by clearly and briefly outlining what has been accomplished and what next should be addressed in the shot
  • Engages in the creative process without ego, and accepts all final decisions with a positive and supportive attitude.
  • Demonstrates an excellent aesthetic eye, anticipating potential problems and using knowledge of how to use the tools to achieve the desired look.
  • Demonstrates superb problem-solving skills and takes the initiative to offer ideas and suggestions.
  • Prioritizes tasks and manages time very well

Preferred Skills / Competencies

  • Linux and scripting ability in Python
  • Experience in MEL

Technical Skills

  • Advanced simulation experience with either Houdini, Maya, XSI, 3DS Max or other software, and the ability to write expressions
  • C++ skills


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