We’re looking for a Character FX Supervisor to join Animal Logic’s Vancouver team! The Character FX Supervisor is a Houdini specialist, with extensive production experience, that can develop and test tools for character FX pipelines, and lead a team to meet the creative vision for our characters.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Work closely with the Art Director, Production Designer, and Animation and FX Department Supervisors to assess technical implications of creative briefs
  • Clearly understand the creative requirements of a sequence and develop or lead the development of technical solutions that will enable these requirements to be met
  • Offer constant technical leadership to all members of the Character FX team
  • Assist with the development of prototypes/examples that clearly demonstrate the creative requirements of the production then assist in the development and dissemination of workflows based on these examples
  • Attend all Character FX and animation reviews to offer feedback and technical solutions to problems
  • Contribute technical feedback in reviews and to artists directly as required
  • Mentor and advise Character FX artists and leads in technical aspects of their role
  • Work with the Character FX leads to develop a common approach to character requirements including both tools and procedures
  • Clearly articulate character FX requirements to technical departments to enable them to develop tools to support the agreed approach
  • Identify areas of inefficiency within the groups’ workflow and implement solutions to rectify
  • Identify and contribute to group and department pipeline updates
  • Supervise Software TD’s to build tools that speed up the group's workflow
  • Review assets leaving the group and give detailed, specific, feedback to Artists/TD’s where assets are not creatively ready for distribution
  • Working with Production to prioritise task and flag any issues in potentially going over schedule

What you bring:

  • At least 5 or more years CG production experience in a Lead or Supervisor capacity
  • Expert level of understanding of Houdini
  • Experience with cloth, fur and feather tools
  • Strong scripting and/or programming experience
  • Muscle and skin simulation experience a plus
  • Proven ability in high end FX & character FX work
  • Excellence in problem solving and balancing quick turnaround with long term quality
  • Must be able to work with and manage a wide range of personality types within a team
  • Must possess strong communication skills and be able to efficiently organise and prioritise the work of a team across multiple both technically and creatively

What we offer you:

  • The opportunity to join a growing, independently owned and operated, award-winning studio.
  • A chance to contribute to the success of ground-breaking animated feature films
  • Exposure to a USD pipeline
  • A dedicated Learning and Development and Artist Management team focused on your personal career growth
  • Paid ‘Volunteer’ days to support those causes close to your heart!
  • A world-renowned working environment packed with social clubs, activities and events
  • A variety of employee benefits including employee discounts, breakfast, free use of barista coffee machines and snacks galore!

If this sounds like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, then we want to hear from you!

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