Animal Logic


Character FX Artist (Houdini) – Senior
- The Magician's Elephant

Start Dates: January 2022

Are you a Senior Character FX Artist who has a high level of shot production experience, with the ability to complete difficult shots?

The Character FX team create high quality character effects for animated features, developing hair, cloth, fur skin and muscle simulations in Houdini.

What you will get to do:

  • Develop Hero hair, cloth, and fur simulations with direction from the Department Supervisor/Lead
  • Develop Complex 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
  • Understand the processes of adjoining departments (Animation, Modelling, Surfacing and Rigging) and communicate with these departments as needed
  • Become proficient with the department’s propriety tools, suggesting improvement if necessary
  • Take on Complex shots and contribute creative feedback in reviews
  • Mentor junior artists & demo Character FX techniques to others

What you bring:

  • Production experience on feature films, TV and/or animated feature with a focus in Character FX and simulations
  • Houdini experience, demonstrated via reel, of feature animation quality simulations (preferably hair, fur, cloth, and feather effects simulation)
  • Experience using Houdini:
    • Vellum or Carbon simulation and a range of grooming tools
    • SOPs/DOPs/LOPs
  • The ability to build a procedural simulation rig for characters and Props
  • Understanding of muscle and skin simulation
  • 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
  • Excellence in problem solving
  • Ability to meet deadlines with high quality output
  • Ability to take direction and feedback

What we offer you:

  • The opportunity to join a growing, independently owned and operated, award-winning studio!
  • A central location in sunny Sydney, minutes from the CBD and famous Bondi Beach
  • A chance to contribute to the success of ground-breaking animated feature films
  • Exposure to working within a Modern USD (Universal Scene Description) pipeline with the latest Houdini tools
  • A dedicated Learning and Development and Artist Management team focused on your personal career growth
  • Flexible work arrangements, with work from home options
  • A generous leave policy including paid annual leave, sick days, as well as ‘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 superannuation, employee discounts, breakfast, free use of barista coffee machines and snacks!

If this sounds like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, then we want to hear from you. Submit your application to the link below!

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