Added by on 2014-09-19

Method Studios Recruiting Nuke Compositing Supervisor & Senior Houdini Artist/CG Supervisor

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Nuke Compositing Supervisor

Category: Compositor
Company: Method Studios New York
Location: New York (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Description

Method Studios New York is currently in search of an experienced Nuke Compositing Supervisor to join and lead its team of compositors and 2D artists.
The primary focus of this position is in the integration of CG elements and matte paintings into live action plates.

Responsibilities and Duties

responsible for the management of the compositing team, the quality of the compositing work, and the overview of colour continuity on a given show

Comp Supervisor Skills

utilizing creative and aesthetic senses
managing a team of artists both on a technical and an aesthetic point of view
anticipating comp and team problems
setting up a show (color pipeline, representations, deliverables)
presenting work clearly in dailies and walkthroughs and responding to supervisor in a timely fashion
evaluating artists’ skills and what attributes they need to improve

Comp Senior Artist Skills

matching color, lighting, and exposure of stock elements to rendered or photographed elements
matte extractions from blue/green screen photography
executing Paint fixes and rotoscoping
clean and efficient script organization. Minimum number of nodes to get a result.
transforming and warping elements as needed
utilizing concepts in:
2D/3D camera tracking and stabilization concepts
3D in Nuke
grain and degrain as necessary
plate speed up/slow down manipulation
matte edge processing and integration
QC black levels, grain, color, mattes, etc.

Qualifications

expert knowledge of Nuke, with minimum 3 years of node-based compositing software experience
minimum 3 years Comp Supervisor experience in Feature Film
experience with Keylight, Primatte or Ultimatte
knowledge of projection mapping
Maya knowledge, a plus
sound aesthetic with good understanding of color, contrast, and lighting design
knowledge of film resolution and aspect ratios
strong problem-solving skills
strong interpersonal and communication skills
team leader player with outstanding attitude
dependable, flexible, and able to take direction well from VFX Supervisor
exercises close attention to detail

Reels/Resumes can be sent to: method-ny-recruiting@methodstudios.com
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Senior Houdini Artist/CG Supervisor

Category: 3D Supervisor
Company: Method Studios New York
Location: New York (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Description

Method Studios New York is currently in search of a Senior Houdini artist / CG supervisor to join the 3D animation team.
The CG Supervisor will ensure the throughput of shots to completion via client approval, and maintain a functioning environment where the artist and client can focus on performance without technical hindrance.

Responsibilities and Duties

works in conjunction with the VFX Supervisor, Producer, and Production Manager to develop a strong and flexible CG and 2D pipeline
works with the Project Coordinator and Producer to facilitate the scheduling of artists and resources
works with the VFX Supervisors to provide artistic and technical notes to the team
develops, maintains, and/or approves animation techniques
provides team-building through developing structure
leads artists, delegating roles and responsibilities
follows CG elements from concept through to final comp, overseeing all elements created by the CG team
conducts industry research and development
designs, executes, and manages high-level animation for use in final compositing through a team, reporting progress to the Head of 3D VFX
may also be called upon to work “on the box” as the lead artist, as show size and needs require.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Animation, Arts, Fine Arts, or equivalent production experience
proficient with Houdini
knowledge of any and/or all of the following:
rigid body and particle dynamics
volume modeling and rendering
procedural geometry generation
fluid dynamics
strong understanding of physical dynamics and natural phenomena
experience with one or more other professional software packages, such as Maya and Nuke is a plus
proficiency in shading a rendering techniques, ideally through both Mantra and Renderman
Python scripting is a plus

visual targets and quality

addresses the body of work arriving from scanning. Previews for initial color-correction requirements and initial shot composite requirements.
monitors shot continuity in all aspects of quality control including final color-correction for timely delivery.
team building
reviews reels and recommend artists for interview.
attends interviews / interviews candidates.
recommends candidates for hiring, in consultation with Head of 3D VFX and project leads.
recommends / negotiates leads directly to Head of 3D.
team training
ensures leads are fluent with production techniques.
defines crew training plans with leads.
oversees training of new team members.
conducts one-on-one training with team members.
assists leads with training as deemed necessary.
team guidance
facilitates production needs of every team member.
corrects and cautions team members.
maintains team morale / provides incentives as discussed with Head of 3D VFX.

R&D

tests new techniques and technology as necessary.
helps leads and crew develop “one-off” techniques as necessary.
scheduling and daily work
schedules teams and shifts with Producer and Coordinator.
makes shot deliveries with Producer and Coordinator.
monitors resources, throughout each day, and delegates work priorities based on fluctuations in schedule and shot progress.
oversees the management of the render farm and resource workload.
monitors the render queue and reviews previous night logs for deviance on a daily basis.
reviews progress of shots for film-out on a daily basis, and approves shots as ready for film-out when the criteria are met.
performs as a Senior Compositor, completing shots towards final and troubleshooting shot related issues.
assisting with notes and archives if necessary

This position is subject to additional hours as required by production schedules.

Reels/Resumes can be sent to: ny-recruiting@methodstudios.com
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