Effects Technical Director

Company: Double Negative
Location: London (United Kingdom)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Key Purpose of the Job

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, fur and hair simulations.

Needs To Do

  • 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

Needs To Know

  • 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 feature films. Experience in other areas of visual effects (TV, Games) will also be taken into account.

Needs To Be

  • 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

Measures of Performance

  • Delivery of required content, on time
  • Continuous improvement

If you are interested in applying for this role, please email [email protected] with your CV, covering letter, showreel and breakdown.

Created on the 15-01-2014
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