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Character FX Artist – Senior
- Animated Feature Film

Location: Sydney, Australia

Please note this is a hybrid position and requires you to work from our studio for part of the work week. This is not a remote opportunity.

Are you an experienced Senior Character FX Artist with a creative passion to create high quality effects for an animated feature!? We are looking for Character FX Artists to join our team in Sydney!

What you’ll get to do:

  • Develop hair, cloth, and fur simulations with direction from the Department Supervisor or Lead
  • Develop intelligent Houdini character setups, that can be highly automated
  • Develop techniques and Houdini Digital Assets to achieve and optimize approved looks with direction from Supervisor and/or Lead
  • Develop an understanding for the department pipeline including all assets and tools, and their purpose
  • Assist in the development of the Char FX pipeline and tools (in conjunction with TDs and R&D)
  • Accurately gauge time it takes to achieve tasks and hit deadlines consistently
  • Understand the processes of adjoining departments (Animation, Modelling, Surfacing and Rigging) and communicate with these departments as needed
  • Contribute creative feedback in reviews
  • Assist or mentor junior team members with any technical/artistic challenges they may have

What you bring:

  • 5 + years’ experience on feature films, TV and/or animated feature with a focus in Character FX and simulations
  • Past experience, demonstrated via reel, of feature animation quality hair, fur, cloth, and feather effects simulation
  • Production experience using Houdini: Vellum & grooming tools
  • Production experience using Houdini: SOPs/DOPs essential
  • Production experience using Houdini: Vex and Python knowledge desirable
  • Production experience with Numerions Carbon Cloth a Bonus
  • Understanding of muscle and skin simulation desired
  • Understanding of anatomy and form in motion
  • Attention to design and artistic detail
  • Ability to work solo as well as collaboratively within a team environment and when necessary to pass knowledge to other staff members
  • Excellence in problem solving and balancing quick turnaround with long term quality and ability to meet deadlines with high quality output
  • Strong written and verbal English language skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to efficiently organise and prioritise work across multiple areas and work under pressure
  • Ability to take direction and feedback and apply this to assets or shots moving forward; anticipating the supervisors and leads preference

What you should include in your demo reel/portfolio:

  • Complex and problem solving Character FX shot work
  • Houdini simulations
  • Any digital assets and setups you’ve contributed to, created or developed yourself

What we offer you:

  • The opportunity to join a growing, award-winning studio!
  • A central location in sunny Sydney, minutes from the CBD and famous Bondi Beach
  • An inclusive workplace of employees who are passionate about creativity and technology
  • 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
  • A flexible, hybrid work environment
  • 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 secured on-site parking, employee discounts, breakfast, free use of barista coffee machines, weekly lunches/pastries 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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