Film - Lead FX TD

Category: FX TD
Company: Framestore London
Location: London (United Kingdom)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

With an emphasis on the aesthetics and techniques to create photorealistic effects with natural, FX TDs will take 3D scenes from animators/matchmovers to:

  • Create particle, RigidBod , fluid, cloth, fur & hair simulations.
  • Apply lighting and shaders to produce the final rendered image or pass the simulations onto a Lighting TD.
  • Uses an array of commercial and proprietary FX tools.
  • Works in partnership with modellers, animators, lighters, texture artists & compositors to ensure shots are delivered to the highest standard.
  • Works within the team on a production to determine the various design solutions needed to create the effects.
  • Designs and creates images, elements, effects, pipelines, tools and techniques for digital visual effects.
  • Help design solutions where a more procedural approach can be used to help create the effects required.
  • Produces test and often final renders of all FX elements for a shot.
  • Creates working quick-comps for review by the supervision team.

Experience and skills

  • Excellent Houdini and/or Maya , with other simulation packages such as Naiad favourable.
  • Thorough understanding of techniques and technologies relating to FX simulation / animation.
  • Experience in producing effects such as smoke, fire, clouds, water, steam and explosion, also simulation techniques for RBD, cloth and hair.
  • Working knowledge of Renderman,Mantra and Arnold preferred, experience with other renderers also useful.
  • Good understanding of the entire visual effects process, from shooting to modelling and texturing, animation, rendering and compositing.
  • Familiar with pipeline issues especially working between multiple packages.
  • Working knowledge of at least one compositing application (Shake, Nuke, Halo, etc) and a solid understanding of the compositing process.
  • Should have strong Vex/hscript/Mel scripting skills. Python and Unix shell scripting also advantageous.
  • Programming skills with C/C++ also an advantage along with knowledge of the Houdini HDK and Maya API.

Main software used by FX TD's at Framestore

  • Houdini (including Mantra, VEX, Python & hscript)
  • Maya (including Mel & Python)
  • Shake or Nuke
  • Paint programs (photoshop, gimp etc..)
  • Arnold and Renderman
  • Naiad

Please ensure that your CV contains a link to an up to date online reel. Due to the high volume of applications we will only reply to those who have been shortlisted for interview.

Created on the 29-05-2013
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