Animal Logic Recruiting FX TD (Crowd) - Super Pets
Are you an FX TD (Crowd) interested in working with us in our Vancouver studio?! The FX TD (Crowd) will be responsible for supporting the creative and visual objectives through pipeline troubleshooting, user support, technical direction, and tool development. They will use and help develop artificial intelligence based 3D crowd animation systems (i.e. Houdini) to simulate large groups of characters that appear and behave in a realistic manner. This is a fulltime, contract role that reports to the FX Supervisor and Artist Management.
What you'll get to do:
Understand the visual requirements for the film, and design procedures, techniques and tools that will enable these to be met
Assist the Crowd team with day to day issues and escalating through the right channels when necessary
Ensure that tools and procedures support the creative process
Provide solutions to visual problems through existing tools or by leading development of new tools
Test and validate new releases of pipeline tools both interactive (Houdini) and automated (Farm) within these Production tool and Farm environments
Liaise with R&D to ensure compliance with internal best practices
Understand the processes of adjoining teams, provide input where required to maximise efficiency and quality
Create and update technical documentation for Crowd processes
Establish close partnership with FX/Character FX artists and other TD groups
Work closely with the Crowd Lead and FX Department Supervisor to plan, develop, and maintain department specific tools and plan for the future show/studio creative needs
Provide training and documents to the artists for new creative tools
What you bring:
3 + years’ experience on feature films, TV and/or animated feature
Proven pipeline TD experience in animated features, animated TV series and/or VFX feature films
Degree in Animation, Film, Computer Science, Design, Engineering, Maths or Physics, or equivalent combination of education & work experience in animation/VFX
Solid understanding of Crowd simulation and other simulations
Proven experience troubleshooting, maintaining, and developing tools in Houdini
Experience and knowledge in Python language (C++ as a bonus)
Working knowledge of source control systems, PyQt or other GUI toolkit
Experience in, Ziva, Maya, Mari, Nuke, XSI considered a bonus
Working knowledge of concepts like data flow, data dependencies, Meta data, publishing and retrieval
An ability to quickly acquire a working understanding of both off-the-shelf and proprietary software tools
The ability to code review and troubleshoot problems as they arise
The ability to efficiently organise and prioritise work across multiple areas and work and remain calm under pressure
Strong written and verbal English language skills
Excellent in pro-active problem solving and finding solutions within the parameters presented
Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment
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Animal Logic is one of the world's most accomplished digital studios producing award winning, ground breaking and trail blazing animation, visual effects and design. Animal Logic is currently in production on Peter Rabbit 2 and Super Pets. Recent productions include Captain Marvel, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Peter Rabbit, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant.
If you want to create GREAT WORK with GREAT PEOPLE then come and join us at Animal Logic, Vancouver.