Directed by Ron Howard and based on the children’s book of the same name, “The Shrinking of the Treehorns” is a feature animation production with Paramount Animation, Imagine Entertainment and Animal Logic Entertainment.

A Houdini specialist, with extensive production experience, the FX Supervisor is responsible for leading a team of FX Artists and FX Support TDs through the artistic and technical aspects of high-quality micro and macro scale simulations.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Work closely with the Director, Production Designer, Art Director, CG Supervisor, and other craft Supervisors to define and maintain and influence the visual style of an animated film
  • Oversee and drive the FX team to deliver creative goals in a timely manner and to the highest standard; provide detailed and specific feedback to the FX department
  • Partner with Production Management to ensure milestones and efficient delivery expectations are met and identify any issues that may impact the schedule
  • Ensure all FX bids are delivered in the required format and in a timely manner, including any necessary assumptions
  • Supervise, define, implement and maintain the techniques and methodologies required to achieve the successful execution of the FX output for the film
  • Understand department pipelines including all current assets and tools, and their purpose and provide input where required to maximise efficiency and quality
  • Identify any inefficiencies and work with relevant departments and supervisors to rectify the issues
  • Partner with Artist Management to build, nurture, mentor, and structure the FX team; work with recruitment to evaluate and interview candidates

What you bring:

  • 7+ years’ FX experience in feature animation, VFX and/or animated television
  • 2+ years’ in a supervisory role within feature animation or VFX preferred; extensive leadership experience may be considered
  • Expert knowledge and proficiency in Houdini FX tools in a production environment such as
    • Houdini: SOPs/DOPs/POPs essential
    • Houdini: Vex and Python knowledge desirable
  • Deep understanding of traditional animation techniques, i.e. squash and stretch, anticipation, and key framing
  • Ability to craft non-photoreal FX, from a creative brief. Experience creating micro and macro scale FX will be an advantage
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to efficiently organise and prioritise work across multiple areas and work under pressure
  • Excellence in problem solving and balancing quick turnaround with long term quality and ability to meet deadlines with high quality output
  • Experience in leading a team; motivating artists, providing feedback and fostering a constructive team dynamic

 In return, you will receive:

  • The opportunity to join a growing, independently owned and operated, award winning studio based in sunny Sydney!
  • A chance to work on ground-breaking animated feature films
  • Exposure to working within a USD pipeline
  • A dedicated Learning and Development and Artist Management team focused on your personal career growth
  • Currently piloting a flexible work program, allowing Animals to work from home one day per week
  • A world renowned working environment packed with clubs, activities and events
  • A generous leave policy including paid ‘Volunteer’ days
  • A variety of employee benefits including superannuation, employee discounts, breakfast, free use of barista coffee machines and snacks!

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