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Method Studios Recruiting VFX Supervisor, FX TD & Lighter

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VFX Supervisor

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

Job Description

Description

The Visual Effects Supervisor is responsible for the design and execution of visual effects work on a given project. This can include both on set supervision for acquisition of plates and elements and supervision of the shot work through post production.
In conjunction with the Visual Effects Producer, the Visual Effects Supervisor is responsible for the management and successful completion of the project. The Supervisor’s input will be required for issues such as artist performance and team selection, liaising with the overall project supervisor, producer, or director as required, scheduling of effects production, and estimating/bidding new work.
The Visual Effects Supervisor will also play an important role in the sales efforts for new potential projects. This could include script reading and breakdown, project time/budget estimation, attending first contact meetings and conference calls with potential clients and being able to speak definitively and clearly about the studio’s abilities, resources and culture.

Duties:

• VFX supervision as required (On set / In house through post)
• Maintain creative relations with given clients; establish strong client confidence
• Bid shots, flag overages On set/ through post
• Outline show requirements involving team size, team strengths, & resources
• Outline show pipeline procedure if unique to given show
• Communicate show expectations with VFX artists
• Communicate creative and technical input for shot design & completion with VFX artists while maintaining Director’s vision and working within budget.
• Communicate Director’s feedback
• Supervise VFX artists as needed, in coordination with the VFX Producer for given project
• Oversee all aspects for body of FX shots throughout post from start to finish
• Delegate appropriate tasks to applicable artists
• Monitor shot tracker data
• Update senior management to show status weekly

Apply here:- ny-recruiting@methodstudios.com
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FX TD

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

Job Description

Duties:

– Design, create, and implement photo-real effects (dust, fire, smoke, explosions, debris, clouds, etc.) and systems that meet all technical and aesthetic standards for the project
– Work within the show structure and production deadlines to complete all tasks
– Integrate created elements into scenes with lighting, shadows, reflections, etc.
– Provide full spec for tool before development if spec not provided
– Document all developed technology
– Maintain a methodically clear system of data storage and retrieval
– Balancing the creative needs and the technical resources available
– Report regularly to the VFX Supervisor and/or DFX Supervsior informing him/her of any concerns or new developments
– Follow the creative direction of the production communicated by the VFX Supervisor
– Ability to work in a dynamic team environment.
– Ability to work under tight deadlines
– Stays current with latest technologies

Qualifications:

– MINIMUM 2 years experience as an FX TD; 5+ years for seniors and leads
– Degree in Animation, Arts, Fine Arts or equivalent production experience in feature film
– Strong knowledge of and proven ability to use Houdini to develop photo-real dynamics-based effects
– Experience with rigid body and particle dynamics, volume modelling and rendering, procedural geometry generation and fluid dynamics an asset
– Demonstrable ability to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
– Able to take directions and adaptable to change
– Good at improvising and problem-solving
– Requires strong technical knowledge and organizational skills
– Familiarity with one or more coding/scripting languages an asset (e.g. Python, Mel)

Apply here:- ny-recruiting@methodstudios.com
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Lighter

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

Job Description

The Lighter is responsible for hands on operation of a CG workstation to create desired lighting effects across shots and sequences. The position requires a high degree of technical skill and artistic judgment. Although more of an artistic role than a technical role, some technical understanding is beneficial. The lighter must be able to balance artistic requirement with the technical limitations of the software and hardware employed.

Duties

Work with and support the Lead Lighter, CG Supervisor and VFX Supervisor to fulfill the creative vision of the show within technical parameters
Help create and/or modify lighting templates, as required
Troubleshoot technical production issues, as required
Must work within the Method pipeline and publish tools and scripts as prescribed
Must manage own disc space to fit within quota
Communicate creative and technical issues effectively
Be aware of inefficiencies in any area of the pipeline that are impacting the lighting artists’ ability to work efficiently, and flag these issues as necessary
Work to help correct inefficiencies with the artists and TDs available
Other miscellaneous duties as required from time-to-time by the Lighting Lead

Qualifications

Minimum two years’ experience as a lighter on live action, feature film projects
Excellent artistic skills, with a particular emphasis on real-world lighting/photography an asset
Full understanding of colour theory and LUTs
Expert knowledge of Maya and/or possibly Houdini
Tool building and scripting knowledge an asset (Python, hscript, mel, bash)
Knowledge of one or more of the following renderers, depending on show requirements: vray, mantra, mentalray, renderman
Knowledge of Nuke and Photoshop an asset
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

Apply here:- ny-recruiting@methodstudios.com
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