FX Artist - Unannounced Dreamworks TV Series

Mainframe Studios is on the lookout for FX Artists on an exciting new Dreamworks TV Series! Under the leadership of the FX Department Supervisor and/or Leads, on a CG animated film, the FX Artist designs all non-character related animation and/or applies FX animation per the shot’s requirements.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Applies, completes and works on shots to be used by the FX department.
  • Interprets and implements notes and feedback from the Supervisor or Lead in a timely and qualitatively acceptable way.
  • Collaborates with Lighting and Compositing artists to test efficacy of the special effects, modifying the design/application as necessary.
  • Delivers assignments per project’s schedule.
  • Adheres to digital file management protocols.
  • Interacts respectfully and professionally with colleagues, staff members and clients.
  • Aligns and engages with the values of Mainframe: a culture of community, connectivity, creativity and collaboration.
  • Interacts respectfully with colleagues, staff members and clients.

Qualifications and Skills

  • 4-6+ years of experience working in a professional environment within their discipline.
  • Degree or diploma in fine arts or animation or equivalent experience is preferred.
  • Ability to hone in on crafting a variety of FX designs as necessitated by shot/sequences in a given project.
  • Strong artistic vision, sense of design and composition.
  • Intermediate understanding of 3D animation, texturing, modeling, lighting and compositing.
  • Proficiency in using Maya and Nuke for particle simulations, expressions, soft body, rigid body & cloth dynamics. 
  • Experience with Houdini, Real Flow and XSI is an asset.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge in the areas of rendering, lighting, shading and compositing.
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely.  Practices attentive and active listening.  Shares information, methodologies and ideas with others.  Incorporates feedback and direction received from the Director/Supervisor.
  • Solid work ethic and positive attitude.  Ability to work under pressure.  Self-motivated and pro-active.  Consistently strives to expand knowledge base.
  • Efficient and detail oriented. 
  • Makes decisions in a timely manner.  Accepts accountability for own actions. 
  • Encourages open communication between the team and other departments.
  • Ability to deliver FX assignments per agreed upon specs and schedule.