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Image Engine Recruiting R&D Software Developer, Pipeline TD, Lead Systems Administrator, Senior Look Dev Artist, Senior Matte Painter, FX Supervisor, Senior FX TD, Senior Lighting TD, Senior Matchmove Artist, VFX Coordinator & Layout Artist

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R&D Software Developer (FX)

Category: Research and Development
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October/November 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

Your position as an R&D Software Developer is vital to Image Engine! Through your expertise in FX challenges, you will help us create new and innovative VFX art on major productions from around the world. Reporting to the Head of Technical Production and the R&D Lead, you will be responsible for implementing high-end tools to push our capabilities and efficiencies within the FX department itself, as well as helping to determine how this department receives, interacts with, modifies, and produces data compatible with all other departments in the studio.
You will work closely with FX TDs to build efficient workflows, first prototyping via HDAs then developing fast and efficient implementations via HDK plugins as necessary. You will become familiar with our suite of in-house FX tools and stay up to date with state of the art industry products for FX, in order to contribute to decision making about which products to purchase and which to develop in-house. Your passion, talent, and ideas will help us bring VFX at Image Engine to the next level of efficiency and performance.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Design, implement, and support a mixture of proprietary, open-source, and third-party software for FX and CFX workflows.
Collaborate with artists, technical directors, and supervisors to determine the FX and CFX needs for current and future productions.
Identify and optimize bottlenecks in FX and Simulation algorithms and workflows
Contribute to Image Engine’s open source initiatives: Cortex and Gaffer
Communicate with third-party software vendors to prioritize Image Engine’s feature requests and bug fixes
Design and implement solutions targeting current production workflows, while ensuring they can be generalized for all productions when possible
Document, test, and debug tools to ensure they meet production requirements
Write clear documentation for tools, scripts, and plug-ins
Provide secondary technical support, training, and tutorials to artists and production staff
Stay up-to-date with industry trends for physical or destruction FX, as well as simulation of muscles, skin, cloth, fur, large scale geometry instancing, and any other FX driven topics that may be well suited to procedural or simulated solutions.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

A university degree in Computer Science, Math, Physics, or a related field
3-5 years experience developing software in a film production environment.
Master’s or PhD in Computer Science or a related field a plus

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Solid understanding of simulation algorithms
Experience writing software in C++ and Python
Experience developing for Houdini in both C++ and Python a must
Experience developing for Maya in both C++ and Python a plus
Experience developing in a Linux environment

Core skills

Ability to monitor and identify potential inefficiencies in a production pipeline
Excellent troubleshooting and debugging skills
Ability to take direction and feedback from a supervisor or a peer
Team oriented with good communication skills, able to work closely with artists
Ability to work in a high pressure environment
Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and applications
Excellent time management and communication skills
Proactive with proven ability to work both independently and in a team

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and cover letter to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “R&D Software Developer (FX) – your name”. Please include your availability.
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Pipeline TD

Category: Pipeline Programmer
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October/November 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

The Pipeline TD essentially provides a first line of support for the studio or a show. It could span from production matters to color profiles configurations and back again. You will write tools for all the departments including Assets, Animation, BG Prep, FX and Lighting.
The Pipeline TD use their exceptional communication skills to listen to artists, coordinators, and producers challenges and either educate them with an existing solution or translate and implement their struggle into a specific tool which enables them to coordinate and execute show requirements effectively.
Pipeline TDs are the primary point of contact for shows like the emergency staff in a hospital but they are supported by the entire software group in their undertakings of course. You are not alone!
Pipeline TDs contribute to the overall operation and improvement of the Facility Pipeline. This will include but will not be limited to engaging in cross-department communication, flagging/providing solutions to critical path issues, and creating documentation. In addition, they help develop new process and innovative solutions to bring Image Engine artistry to the next level.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Determine the broad technical and creative approach, in conjunction with the Head of Technical Production or Pipeline Lead
Provide support to the VFX departments and to the Productions in the smooth running of tasks through our pipeline
Build and maintain elements of the pipeline with an emphasis on optimizing the flow of our processes
Create facility-based or show-based scripts and tools
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to the Head of Technical Production or Pipeline Lead
Provide support for artists in learning and using the pipeline
Be an additional point of support for shot based issues, alongside leads and supervisors
Act as a liaison for communicating technical issues to IT or R&D
Use time management skills to schedule tasks effectively

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

4+ years’ experience as a Pipeline TD
A degree or equivalent in Computer Graphics, Computer Science or other related course
Ability to balance quick turnaround while achieving a high degree of technical quality

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Experience of Python and shell scripting is required. C or C++ is a plus
Pro-active, very meticulous and accurate in your coding
Experience with Linux is required
Knowledge of Maya, Nuke, Houdini, and/or Shotgun is a plus
Experience building software (SConstruct, CMake) is a plus

Core skills

Interest in monitoring and identifying potential inefficiencies in a production pipeline
Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities and projects
Ability to take direction and feedback from a supervisor or a peer
Team oriented with good communication skills, able to work closely with artists
Ability to work in a sometimes high-pressure environment
Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and applications
Excellent time management and communication skills

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and cover letter to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Pipeline TD – your name”. Please include your availability.
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Lead Systems Administrator

Category: Administrator
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

Lead System Administrators will take ownership of the maintenance of Image Engine’s hardware and software systems. They will work with the IT Manager to identify/prioritize current or potential system requirements or issues to enable Image Engine Artists to complete their role effectively, with minimal downtime or disruptions. They will be responsible for all server administration and certification as well as maintaining our in-house servers.
Lead System Administrators will be proactive in researching, analyzing and recommending new software or hardware systems to create efficiencies and improve studio operations. In addition, Lead System Administrators will have a vital role in the development of the System Admin team. They will coach, monitor and train Junior System Administrators to ensure all work completed meets Image Engine quality standards and tasks are completed within the assigned timeframe.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Engage in the performance management process such as performance reviews, daily feedback, and mentoring
Review scope of work and assign tasks based on artist skills/abilities
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to the IT Manager
Lead team of System Administrators to /assist with the installation, configuration, administration and maintenance of IE’s tech infrastructure; authentication, messaging, DCHP/DNS, Deployment Systems (Cobbler /Ansible / SaltStack)
Maintain and manage the CommVault / Quantum based backup systems
Maintain and manage the network infrastructure; Switches & Firewalls
Maintain render farm machines onsite & offsite
Administration and maintenance of our NAS & Caching Infrastructure
Preparation and maintenance of infrastructure documentation on all systems, procedures and solutions to issues
Maintain and manage IE’s wide array of open source monitoring tools: OCS, Ganglia, Cacti, Sensu, Syslog, and Zabbix
Recommend and Evaluate open source and off the shelf software solutions
Troubleshooting and resolving issues with production and administration applications (including: Maya, Nuke, 3delight, Houdini)
Provide input into potential improvements in efficiency, reliability and performance of VFX pipeline
Assist & mentor the desktop support team

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Must have solid knowledge of and a minimum of 8 years’ experience in Linux/Unix administration. Linux Certification preferred (RHCE or equivalent)
5 years of VFX pipeline experience including:
An understanding of film imagery, formats of image files and codecs
Experience with Renderfarm and farm management (ie. Qube, Tractor)
Experience supporting and troubleshooting VFX software packages (Maya, 3Delight, Nuke etc.)
Experience with high-end/ high capacity storage systems
Experience with license servers (FlexLM, RLM)
Experience with imaging service (Cobbler)
Experience with maintaining production tracking systems (Shotgun)
Experience with installing software packages centrally

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Experience in installation and configuration servers in a Linux/Unix environment
Good knowledge of and experience (2-3 years) in Windows (Windows 7,Windows Server 2008, Active Directory) and Mac OSX (Snow Leopard, Leopard)
Experience working with NAS and SAN storage systems
Basic Unix/ Linux/ Python scripting experience

Core skills

Must be able to multi-task and maintain a positive attitude when working under pressure
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Capable of motivating and leading a team, with enthusiasm and clarity
Ability to stay calm under pressure
Excellent time management skills

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and cover letter to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Lead Systems Administrator – your name”. Please include your availability.
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Senior Look Dev Artist (Organic Environments)

Category: Other
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October 2015
Project: various

POSITION PURPOSE

The Senior Look Development Artist is responsible for delivering high quality assets in a quick and efficient manner. They will act as an example to and mentor junior artists and will deliver all tasks within the required timeframe. They will have practical experience in all areas of Look Development. Senior Look Dev artists will be able to apply briefing notes with minimal direction from team Leads or Supervisors. They will quality check all of their work and occasionally will assist the Leads to quality check the work of junior artists should the workload require it. Senior Look Dev artists will be complete all aspects of look development work on assets across multiple shows, and create high quality assets at varying levels of difficulty.
In addition, Senior Look Dev artists will assist the Leads and Asset Supervisor to flag issues, quality checks their work and occasionally they work of others. They will potentially assist in the Lead role on a short term basis in the event of an absence or production needs require it. They will participate in team meetings when necessary.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Create final look developed assets with minimal supervision and within the studio pipeline
Apply client notes to all assets with minimal guidance
Identify solutions and approaches to solve difficult assets without guidance
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to the Asset Supervisor
Process requests from other departments in the pipeline
Use time management skills to schedule meetings and tasks effectively
Manage time and resources to meet weekly targets
Write and/or modify custom Renderman shaders to realize the desired look for production integration
Define standard render passes
Assist in developing standard lighting rigs & setups for verifying aspects of look development
Work with our production team to most effectively schedule the work, including casting the work to the strengths of the individuals in the Look Dev team
Provide dailied versions for assigned tasks in an agreed upon time by your Supervisor/ Lead
Attend dailies, reviews, and team meetings as required
Work closely with Lead Lookdev Artist, Lead Lighting TD’s and supervisors to ensure that all assets work within the scope of lighting & color pipeline requirements
Work with a team of artists in a hands-on capacity to ensure technically and artistically proper implementation of look developed assets
Communicate with the R&D/ shader developer in order to ensure all necessary parameters and functionality are included in production shaders
Work closely with texture artists to create necessary texture maps for application to creatures, props and environments

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

5+ years’ of Look Development experience with high end film
Demonstrated proficiency in defining and creating photo-realistic assets
Experience with rendering large datasets
Thorough understanding of traditional art skills (Form, architecture, anatomy, topology, color theory) and how to apply those skills in a digital medium
Excellent attention to detail when finalizing, approving or quality controlling assets
Ability to balance quick turnaround while achieving a high degree of aesthetic quality

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Senior level experience in MEL / Python / C++
Proven Senior level experience in Maya
Experience with LINUX/UNIX
Ability to come up with creative and efficient rendering solutions

Core skills

Ability to help with bidding; determine the timeframe and scope required for each project
Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities and projects
Ability to take direction positively, work well within a diverse group, and thrive under the pressure of tight production deadlines
Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and applications
Ability to teach new techniques and apply new approaches to push assets to the next level
Excellent time management and communication skills

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and a link to a reel and breakdown to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Senior Look Dev Artist – your name”. Please include your availability.
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Senior Matte Painter

Category: Matte Painter
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

The Senior Matte Painter is responsible for delivering high quality photo-real environments in a quick and efficient manner. They will be flexible in their approach and open to feedback from other departments when creating solutions. They will use their experience to interpret and apply briefing notes with minimal direction from team Leads or Supervisors. They will quality check all of their work and occasionally will assist the Leads to quality check the work of junior artists should the workload require it.
The Senior Matte Painter will take the initiative to resolve technical and creative issues while executing shots at a high level of difficulty. In addition, they will help the Leads and Supervisors to flag issues. They will potentially assist in the Lead role on a short term basis in the event of an absence or if production needs require it. They will participate in team meetings when necessary.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Create final photo-real environments with minimal supervision and within the studio pipeline
Integrate live footage, CG elements, images and photography into film
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to Supervisors
Use time management skills to schedule meetings and tasks effectively
Manage time and resources to meet weekly targets
Overcome technical issues (day to day problem solving), in conjunction with R&D and the CG Supervisor
Communicate well with all members of the Matte Painting, Production and Supervision teams
Promote interdepartmental collaboration
Ensure all email correspondence and scheduling is up to date, responding to emails in a timely manner
Assist members of the Matte Painting team to learn and grow their skills
Attend dailies, reviews, and team meetings as required

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

5+ years’ of Matte Painting Experience experience with high end film
Demonstrated proficiency in defining and creating photo-real elements
Experience with rendering large datasets
Strong knowledge of 3D workflow, including Asset Modeling, Lookdev, Scene Assembly, Shading, Lighting, and Rendering.
Knowledge of traditional art skills and techniques: composition, color, lighting, depth, drawing, painting, and photography
Ability to balance quick turnaround while achieving a high degree of aesthetic quality

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Ability to train and coach artists in Matte Painting and best practice
Experience with Matte Painting, 2D and 3D projection, and camera mapping set-ups for environments
Experience solving technical issues with complex 3D scenes, including render optimization
Strong software experience with Maya, Nuke, Renderman compliant renderers, Python or Mel scripting, and some Photoshop
Ability to come up with creative and efficient rendering solutions
Excellent attention to detail when finalizing, approving or quality controlling assets

Core skills

Ability to help with bidding; determine the timeframe and scope required for each project
Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities and projects
Ability to assess artist’s strengths and weaknesses to assign tasks and manage workflow
Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and applications
Ability to teach new techniques and apply new approaches to push assets to the next level
Strong leadership skills
Excellent time management and communication skills

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and a link to a reel and breakdown to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Senior Matte Painter – your name”. Please include your availability.
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FX Supervisor

Category: Other
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October 2015
Project: various

POSITION PURPOSE

The FX Supervisor will take ownership of the FX department as well as FX completed for all IE shows. They will be responsible for the smooth operation of the department in order to support various shows. Supervisors will facilitate communication amongst FX Leads to develop consistent solutions across shows. They will advise on FX best practices and will provide guidance to Junior artists to find creative and technical solutions based on show needs.
The FX Supervisor acts as the go to person for production regarding any questions related to FX work; both ongoing and upcoming. They will advise production regarding issues concerning bids, current status, and complexity. In addition they will provide production with anticipated completion times for tasks to assist with scheduling.
The Supervisor will guide the overall operation and improvement of the FX TD team by defining the overall vision for current and future technical abilities and setting/maintaining department standards. This will include, actively driving the in various conversations with department heads, R&D and CG sups, to integrate solutions and FX for the whole pipeline. In addition, the Supervisor will develop new processes and stay up to date on innovative technologies to keep the FX TD team on the cutting edge.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Interview, select and train artists
Engage in the performance management process such as performance reviews, daily feedback, and mentoring
Review scope of work and assign tasks based on artist skills/abilities
Manage workflow to balance production schedule and employee resources
Communicate artist surplus or deficits to ensure profit and loss margins are maximized
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to Production Managers/Coordinators
Play a key role in improving the FX pipeline, providing clear leadership and vision
Responsible for the integration of FX into the show pipeline
Oversee the creation of, building and maintaining of photo-real FX rigs of varying complexity, pushing the capabilities of FX at Image Engine
Work closely with R&D to spec new tools, facilitate testing, integration and provide timely input for ongoing development projects
Create technical prototypes for proposed FX tools in order to demonstrate desired workflows to R&D prior to full C++ implementation
Define and enforce standards and working practices within the FX team across all projects
Responsible for achieving high quality work within the time constraints given
Responsible for the clear communication of FX goals and working processes between all departments
Provide guidance on how to best achieve a certain effect within the available show pipeline
Estimate the time required for tasks and provide accurate progress reports
Mentor junior artists

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

5 years+ of feature film/TV production experience
2 years of experience as a lead
Proficient in Houdini
Strong understanding of natural phenomenon and how to replicate them using FX techniques, good knowledge of the underlying mathematical principles and a desire to learn more depending on the requirements of each project

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Ability to train and coach artists in Houdini
Experience with other FX packages and solvers (Naiad, Realflow, Thinking Particles, Fume, Nucleus etc.) a plus
Experience with Linux based OS
Deep understanding of the Houdini FX tool sets and comfortable learning and contributing to the development of proprietary tools and pipelines
Ability to prototype FX elements fast in order to be able to visually communicate the vision
Able to prioritize development that will have the biggest impact on the final outcome
Working knowledge of at least one scripting language (python preferred)
Excellent eye for detail for quality control

Core skills

Ability to complete bids; determine the timeframe and scope required for each project
Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities
Capable of managing a team of artists; setting expectations, and managing their time
Ability to assess artist’s strengths and weaknesses to assign tasks and manage workflow
The ability to work alongside, communicate with, and understand the requirements of Animators, CG and VFX Supervisors, Assets Department, Creature FX, Lighting, Comp, R&D and Pipeline developers
Strong leadership skills
Excellent time management and communication skills

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and a link to a reel and breakdown to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “FX Supervisor – your name”.
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Senior FX TD

Category: FX TD
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

Senior FX TDs will act as an example to and mentor junior artists. They will deliver all tasks within the required timeframe. They will be capable of assisting production to answer questions related to FX work; both ongoing and upcoming. In addition, they will assist junior artists regarding techniques, and approaches for FX. They will guide junior artists through the workflow process within the department to explain how their work connects to other departments.
Senior FX TDs will proactively seek solutions with FX Leads and members of other departments. They will communicate with other departments, ensuring they receive data to resolve shot related issues. Senior FX TDs will work with their Supervisor and Leads to implement technical and creative solutions to shows. They may be required to balance multiple shows and communicate with other Leads/artists that are assigned to the show to ensure continuity.
They will potentially assist in the Lead role on a short term basis in the event of an absence or production needs require it. They will participate in team meetings when necessary.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Create multiple types of realistic and believable effects (ie. rigid body and particle dynamics, procedural geometry generation, fluid dynamics and cloth simulations) with minimal supervision and within the studio pipeline
Address your Leads critiques and comments while providing solutions to aesthetic issues to improve the shot; and maintaining a quality level as described by your Supervisor/ Lead
Provide dailied versions for assigned tasks in an agreed upon time by your Supervisor/ Lead
Attend dailies, reviews, and team meetings as required
Work with FX team, as required, to maintain shot continuity; as well as, support other departments (Lighting, Compositing, etc) to ensure information is communicated up and down the pipeline
Provide input regarding existing tools and interfaces for FX pipeline and provide solutions for technical problems that may arise in a shot, sequence or with a film format
Assist members of the FX team to learn and grow their skills to meet their career aspirations by providing informal feedback, tips and tricks, and encouragement
Estimate the time required for tasks and provide accurate progress reports
Mentor junior artists

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

5 years+ of feature film/TV production experience
Demonstrated work experience with Houdini
Strong understanding of natural phenomenon and how to replicate them using FX techniques, good knowledge of the underlying mathematical principles and a desire to learn more depending on the requirements of each project

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Ability to train work in Houdini
Able to create multiple types of FX from simple to difficult with a minimum of supervision
Strong aptitude for technical workflow challenges such as directory structure, file formats, naming conventions, scripts, automation tools, automated dailies, etc.
HScript is a minimum requirement, python scripting preferred
Python scripting, C++ and RenderMan shader coding is a bonus
Experience with other solvers and simulation tools (e.g. Naiad, realflow, Bullet, Blastcode, etc) is a bonus

Core skills

Ability to assist bids; determine the timeframe and scope required for each project
Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities
Excellent problem solver who can focus on detail, while maintaining the whole picture
The ability to work alongside, communicate with, and understand the requirements of Animators, CG and VFX Supervisors, Assets Department, Creature FX, Lighting, Comp, R&D and Pipeline developers
Excellent time management and communication skills

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and a link to a reel and breakdown to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Senior FX TD – your name”.
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Senior Lighting TD

Category: Lighting TD
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

The Senior Lighting Artist is responsible for delivering high quality shots in a quick and efficient manner. They will act as an example to and mentor junior artists and will deliver all tasks within the required timeframe. They will exhibit a positive/calm demeanor and maintain morale levels during peak production periods. They will quality check all of their work and occasionally will assist the Leads to quality check the work of junior artists should the workload require it. They will maintain clarity and focus during peak periods to ensue show delivery.
In addition, Senior Lighters will assist the Leads and Lighting Supervisor to flag issues. They will potentially assist in the Lead role on a short term basis in the event of an absence or production needs require it. They will participate in team meetings when necessary.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Apply client notes to all lighting shots with minimal guidance
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to the Lighting Supervisor
Take direction from the Lighting Supervisor to help realize the vision of the shots through the compositing team
Work with Composting team members to achieve high quality complex composites
Design and develop procedural and innovative tool sets, pipelines and techniques for the Lighters
Ensure continuity is upheld across shots and sequences
Offer guidance and mentoring for junior to mid-level lighter
Light multiple types of shot ensuring consistency in lighting, colour balance and mood between the various elements of the shot or sceneManage time and resources to meet weekly targets
Promote interdepartmental collaboration

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

5+ years’ experience in Lighting digital VFX for film or commercials
Good understanding of photography and film, and how the interactions of light, lenses and film emulsions go to make up the image
Thorough understanding of a linear color-space workflow
Excellent attention to detail when finalizing, approving or quality controlling shots
Ability to balance quick turnaround while achieving a high degree of aesthetic quality

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Expert knowledge of PRMan or a RenderMan compliant renderer like 3Delight
Strong aptitude for technical workflow challenges such as directory structure, file formats, naming conventions, scripts, automation tools, automated dailies, etc.
Strong knowledge of lighting workflow and the lighting application interface

Core skills

Ability to help with bidding; determine the timeframe and scope required for each project
Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities and projects
Ability to create multiple types of Lighting scenarios
Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and applications
Excellent time management and communication skills
Ability to remain calm during peak production periods and maintain the morale of the lighting team

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and a link to a reel and breakdown to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Senior Lighting TD – your name”. Please include your availability.
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Senior Matchmove Artist

Category: Matchmove
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October, 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

The Senior Matchmove Artists is responsible for delivering high quality shots in a quick and efficient manner. They will act as an example to junior artists and deliver all tasks with in the required timeframe. They will understand all aspects of the Matchmove role. Senior Matchmove artists will apply briefing notes with minimal direction from team Leads or Supervisors. They will quality check all of their work and occasionally will assist the Matchmove Leads to quality check the work of junior artists should the workload require it. The will work closely with Leads to communicate issues and recommend solutions.
Senior Match Move artists will have a thorough knowledge base of the tools and software required to execute high quality shots. They will have a strong understanding of geometry and be able to apply them in the appropriate environment to achieve desired results.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Apply client notes to all plates with minimal guidance
Identify solutions and approaches to solve difficult shots without guidance
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to the Matchmove Leads
Assist with outsourcing including packaging shots for FTP and QC
Utilize background plates to obtain camera and object motion in plate photography. This may include animating live action characters or relative object in the scene(rotomation)
Model stand-in Matchmove geometry used by Animators and Technical Directors
Does basic composites of the files with the background to judge the camera and object solves
Maintain continuity between shots, and troubleshoot problem shots
Setup the technical and aesthetic approaches of the Matchmove work for a shot, sequence, or an entire aspect of a show under the direction of the project Supervisors
Provide support to junior Matchmovers

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

4-5 years’ experience with a high-level film-based camera tracking
Must have experience with 3D Equalizer
Fully understands an iteration intensive shot pipeline
Experience with Lidar, Total station data and survey a plus

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Strong understanding of on-set photography and film and how various camera rigs create camera movement in live action plates
Strong knowledge of Maya is required
Knowledge of PF Track is an asset
Ability to script in MEL and Python is an asset
Experience with Nuke is an asset

Core skills

Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities
Ability to work on a project specific basis based on project workflow
Excellent time management and communication skills
Eye for detail

HERE’S HOW TO APPLY:

If this role is for you, e-mail your resume, and a link to a reel and breakdown to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Senior Matchmove Artist – your name”. Please include your availability.
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VFX Coordinator

Category: VFX Coordinator
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

The Coordinator position is a critical role in the workflow process for show delivery. The Coordinator will complete a full schedule for show completion. They will be prepared to flag concerns or issues to the Project Manager and/or Department Supervisor which may delay workflow or shot delivery. They will promote interdepartmental communication to move information from one department to expedite completion. The will be on the pulse of all shots within their department and be able to communicate status reports to the Project Manager when required.
Coordinators will begin to understand that impact issues within in the pipeline and can anticipate workflow problems which may slow delivery.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Ensure the highest productivity of the artists
Use time management skills to schedule meetings and tasks effectively
Organize internal dailies and client shot review sessions
Take and distribute detailed meeting notes
Work with Producer and Supervisors (in some cases Production Manager) to adhere to schedules and keep schedules on track
Track the status of all shots in the pipeline, maintaining an accurate and up-to-date database
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to the Production Manager
Ensure artists have the information and materials required to complete their work efficiently
Facilitate communication between all departments
Ensure all email correspondence and scheduling is up to date, responding to emails in a timely manner
Work with the Supervisors and artists to manage render priorities

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

2+ years’ experience or 2-3 completed shows coordinating feature film/TV
Must be extremely knowledgeable in database management. Past Shotgun experience is a plus
Proven experience identifying and providing solutions to production issues

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Expert level MS Excel skills
MS Project and Filemaker knowledge is an asset
Shotgun experience is an asset

Core skills

Must be able to multi-task and maintain a positive attitude when working under pressure
Highly organized, able to transform detail-oriented work into action
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Capable of motivating and leading a large team, with enthusiasm and clarity
Ability to stay calm under pressure
Excellent time management skills
Absolute fascination and dedication to post-production work is essential
Ability to learn basic client-to-vendor relationships and show an eagerness to develop and enhance studio profile with the clients

HERE’S HOW TO APPLY:

E-mail your resume and a cover letter to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “VFX Coordinator – your name”. Please include your availability.
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Animator

Category: Animator
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

The Animator is responsible for delivering high quality work in a quick and efficient manner. They will apply notes provided by the Animation Supervisor/Leads. They will manage their time effectively to ensure tasks are completed within the assigned timeframe and to the specifications requested by Image Engine clients. They will identify and troubleshoot problems as needed and will ask for assistance when necessary to ensure effective use of time and resources.
They will begin quality checking their own work and assisting Senior artists to develop new concepts and approaches to improve work quality. They will push themselves to complete shots of increasing levels of difficulty and seek feedback from Lead Animators/Animation Supervisor. They will participate in all team meetings when necessary.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Work primarily with Animation Supervisor/Leads to create convincing performances and motion of character/non-character assets
Animate character/non-character assets from simple to difficult with a minimum of supervision
Work with production and supervisor team to understand and manage schedules and shot deadlines
Work with animation team to maintain continuity and consistent performance within a show
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to the Animation Lead
Manage time and resources to meet weekly targets
Provide input regarding tools and interfaces to improve throughput
Animate dynamic, believable and appealing characters/non-character assets
Attend dailies, reviews, and team meetings as required
Accurately address critique and comments from supervisors, and ensure that revisions are completed in a timely manner

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

3+ years’ of experience animating character and non-character assets for VFX/feature films
Knowledge of traditional animation principles, acting, film production and compositional design
Ability to animate multiple types of character/non-character assets from simple to complex
Strong visual storyteller and well-versed in cinematography: camera angles, composition and continuity
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to balance quick turnaround while achieving a high degree of aesthetic quality

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Expert level knowledge of Maya
A working knowledge of Motion Capture and/or Rigging is a plus
Ability to come up with creative and efficient rendering solutions

Core skills

Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities and projects
Ability to take direction positively, work well within a diverse group, and thrive under the pressure of tight production deadlines
Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and applications
Excellent time management and communication skills

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and a link to a reel and breakdown to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Animator – your name”. Please include your availability.
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Layout Artist

Category: Other
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting November, 2015
Project: Independence Day 2

POSITION PURPOSE

The Mid Layout artist is responsible for working with the Layout Lead to translate previs and storyboards into high quality 3D shots or sequences. They will apply notes provided by the Layout Lead. They will manage their time effectively to ensure tasks are completed within the assigned timeframe and to the specifications requested by Image Engine clients. They will be completing primarily camera setups, rough animations, environments and asset blocking. They will identify and troubleshoot problems as needed and will ask for assistance when necessary to ensure effective use of time and resources.
They will begin quality checking their own work and assisting Senior artists to develop new concepts and approaches to improve work quality. They will participate in all team meetings when necessary.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Apply client notes to all layouts with minimal guidance
Communicate with downstream departments to ensure the setup enables artists to complete their work in the most effective manner
Breakdown previs or 2D story board into 3D shots or sequences
Stage all shots in line with the VFX Supervisor/Directors creative vision
Overcome technical issues (day to day problem solving), in conjunction with R&D and the Layout Lead
Set up data to maximize throughput
Work with R&D to develop and suggest tools

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

3+ years’ of Layout experience with high end film
Ability to adapt matchmove cameras/data fit for environment or sequence context
Thorough understanding of traditional art skills (Form, architecture, anatomy, topology, color theory) and how to apply those skills in a digital medium
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to balance quick turnaround while achieving a high degree of aesthetic quality

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Ability to communicate with downstream departments to assess needs
Knowledge of Maya and Nuke
Knowledge of Houdini is a plus
Experience with LINUX/UNIX
Understanding of sequences versus shots
Ability to learn pipeline and workflow quickly

Core skills

Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities and projects
Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and applications
Excellent time management and communication skills

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and a link to a reel and breakdown to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Layout Artist – your name”. Please include your availability.
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