• Dneg TV LA - FX TD
  • Department: 3D
    Location: Los Angeles
    Reports To: Head of 3D

    Key Purpose of Role:
    FX Technical Directors gather a variety of 3D assets produced by our Build, Layout and Animation departments and use off the shelf software – primarily Houdini but also Maya - and custom pipeline tools to create particle, rigid body, fluid, cloth, particle, fur and hair simulations.

    Main Responsibilities and Duties:
    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 shots
    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 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 3 years experience in Episodic TV or Feature Films. Experience in other areas of visual effects (Games, Commercials) will also be taken into account.

    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
    Willing to adhere to an integrated pipeline used by DNeg’s facilities worldwide

    Measures of Performance:
    On time delivery
    Continuous improvement
    Professional and Collegial Disposition

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