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Method Studios Recruiting Crowd TD

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Crowd TD

Category: Other
Company: Method Studios Vancouver
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

The Crowd TD is responsible for creating photorealistic crowds using a combination of any one or all of Massive, Maya, Photoshop, Houdini, and Method’s proprietary crowd system. He or she should have an advanced knowledge of at least one or more of the above software, as well as a good understanding of how to manage large data sets and complex renders. He or she must be detail oriented as creating and maintaining the crowd system is complex and requires all components to work in harmony to create a complete crowd render. It is not a position well-suited to someone who considers themselves only an “artist” but is more suitable to someone who considers themselves a “technician” or “craftsperson”.

Responsibilities and Duties

Using the Method Crowd system in Houdini, the Crowd TD will design, create, and implement show specific crowd layouts and renders in a timely manner
Depending on the project, may need to be able to create crowds from scratch using Massive
A crowd TD will have an advanced ability to organize and maintain complex crowd data
Must be good at communicating with pipeline, the project leads, and production, as crowd shots are usually very resource intense
Must work within the Method pipeline and publish tools and scripts as prescribed
Must manage his or her disc space to fit within quota
Must follow the creative direction of the production communicated by his/her supervisors
Will need to balance creative requests with the resources available
Ability to work in a team environment under tight deadlines


Minimum two years experience as a TD
Strong knowledge of Houdini
Tool building and scripting knowledge an asset: Python, hscript, mel, bash
Knowledge of Maya
Knowledge of Massive (brain building experience an asset)
Knowledge of motion editing software
Knowledge of Nuke an asset
Good artistic skills
Demonstrable ability to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
Able to take directions and adaptable to change
Good at improvising and problem-solving
Linux experience preferred

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