• Dneg TV - FX TD

  • Department: TV
    Location: London
    Reports To: VFX Supervisor

    Key Purpose of Role:

    FX Technical Directors design and animate high-quality, photo-real effects, creating particle, rigid-body, fluid, cloth, fur and/or hair simulations or animations, then integrate the created elements into scenes with lighting, shadows, reflections, etc, working within the Televisions structure and production deadlines to complete all tasks.

    Main Responsibilities and Duties:
    Proven ability to produce Effects on TV schedules.
    Use an array of commercial and proprietary software tools to produce photorealistic simulations of real-world phenomena while developing innovative solutions to complex problems.
    Create bespoke effects setups to fulfil client briefs.
    Produce test and often final renders of FX elements for a shot.
    Create working test composites for review by the supervision team.
    Work in partnership with lighters & compositors to ensure shots are delivered to the very highest standard.
    Stay on schedule and meet deadlines whilst maintaining the highest quality of work.

    Experience and Skills:
    Proven experience in producing a variety of effects such as smoke, fire, clouds, water, steam and explosions, plus experience with particle and voxel based rendering.
    An eye for details, good sense of timing, and thorough understanding of techniques and technologies relating to physical simulation in computer graphics.
    Experience in live action FX work preferred.
    Extensive knowledge of Houdini and/or Maya (Python, Hscript or Mel knowledge a plus).
    Familiarity with pipeline issues and problem solving.
    A good general TD background is desirable.
    Familiarity with at least one node based compositing application (Nuke preferred), and a solid understanding of the compositing process.
    Strong understanding of linux/ unix based operating systems.
    At least 5 years experience in Effects work for Television and Film.

    Personal Attributes:
    Good communication and organisational skills.
    Creative problem solver and good attention to detail.
    Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines, whilst maintaining high quality results.
    Ability to work as part of a team as well as alone.
    Ability to work with little supervision.
    Flexibility and adaptability. 

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