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FX TD – Method Studios – Vancouver, BC


  • Full Time

Method Studios

Vancouver, BC

Contract

$54,080 – $95,000 a year

Job Title: FX Technical Director

Department: FX

Reports to: FX Supervisor

Status: Non-Exempt

Classification: Contract

Work Location: 50 West 2nd Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y 1B3 Canada

Salary Range: $54,080- $95,000 / Annum

NOC: 5241

The FX TD is responsible for creating photorealistic “FX,” (usually some natural phenomena such as fire, water, explosions, etc), using Maya and/or Houdini and any proprietary Method technology or third-party technology. They should have an advanced understanding of how to manage large data sets and complex renders.This person should also be comfortable managing teams of junior artists, (including scheduling artists, interviewing artists and mentoring artists). They should also be familiar with the latest techniques and technologies, and have a deep understanding of one or more specialties. They should be expert in one or more FX packages, as well as being able to develop entire tools or production pipelines, as required by the project. The FX TD is also required to develop a deep understanding of the Method pipeline and work within it.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Managing software and tools development
  • Critiquing artists’ work
  • Using tools and software developed in-house, proprietary tools, or off-the-shelf software, render photo-realistic FX for film
  • Must be adept at balancing the creation of final renders for shots with building/maintaining systems for creating shots
  • Must work within the Method pipeline and publish tools and scripts as prescribed
  • Must manage his or her disc space to fit within quota
  • Must create systems that minimize render times
  • Must follow the creative direction of the production communicated by his/her supervisors
  • Will need to balance creative requests with the resources available
  • Ability to work in a team environment under tight deadlines

Qualifications

  • 3+ years experience as a TD
  • Strong knowledge of Houdini or Maya
  • Tool building and scripting knowledge an asset
  • Knowledge of other “dynamics” packages/tools such as DMM, Realflow, Nyaid, etc., an asset
  • Knowledge of Nuke and Photoshop an asset
  • Good artistic skills
  • Some scripting skills an asset
  • Python
  • hscript, mel, bash
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
  • Able to take directions and adaptable to change
  • Good at improvising and problem-solving
  • Linux experience preferred
  • Computer science degree or some other advanced training an asset

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it. Method Studios management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

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