Animal Logic


Crowd Lead
- The Shrinking of the Treehorns

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 a senior Crowd Artist, able to guide and lead a team? Do you have creative problem-solving skills in order to fill sets and shots with life for an animated feature? Do you have solid experience with Houdini? We are looking for a Lead Crowd Artist to join our team in Sydney, to work on “The Shrinking of the Treehorns“, Ron Howard’s first animated film!

What you’ll get to do:

  • Understand the overall brief and goals of a project and communicate this clearly to each member of the team
  • Lead and foster a collaborative team under guidance from the FX/Crowd Department Supervisor and production team; mentor less experienced artists
  • Provide solutions to creative briefs through existing tools & processes
  • Setup crowd assets and HDAs within the existing Houdini pipeline, and help pioneer new workflows
  • Work with Animation teams to make sure the department has the desired performance cycles to produce believable results.
  • Work closely with FX/Crowd Department Supervisor to implement efficient and effective ways to bring life to cities and sets
  • Work with R&D and Department TDs to enhance tools and Pipeline
    Prioritize and break down a project into organized parts; delegate work responsibly to ensure successful completion of shots across team members of all skill levels
  • Support and nurture open communication between the crowd and all other AL departments.
  • Ensure conflict is identified early and work with Artist Management to put constructive solutions in place to resolve/diffuse
  • Communicate production information to both the artists group and Production Management
  • Participate in brainstorming and problem solving to create and maintain production pipeline(s) and support AL’s overall technical goals as required
  • Work with the FX Supervisor and the production team to prepare bids, pitches and reviews
  • Build templates that have an emphasis on efficiency and automation

What you bring:

  • 5+ years’ Houdini experience on feature films, TV and/or animated feature, with a focus in Houdini Crowds
  • 2+ years’ experience leading teams on feature film projects
  • Past experience, demonstrated via reel, of feature animation crowd and effects simulation
  • Strong understanding of Houdini crowd agent design & setup
  • Production experience using Houdini: SOPs/DOPs essential
  • Production experience using Houdini: Vex and Python knowledge desirable
  • Experience building Houdini digital assets
  • Solid understanding of motion and principles of rigging and animation
  • Good understanding of crowd shading and rendering procedurals
  • Attention to design and artistic detail
  • 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 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!
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and staff wellness programs
  • 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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