Added by on 2013-06-06

Mr. X Inc Recruiting Compositor, Roto Artist, 3D Animator, Lighting Artist, Matchmover, Tracking Artist, FX Artist, MoCap TD & Render Wrangler

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Compositor – NYC

Mr. X is looking for talented compositors to work on high-end feature film projects. Responsibilities include:
Working closely with Compositing Supervisor to determine best approach to solve compositing challenges and develop final look,
Performing tasks such as tracking, matte extraction, colour correction, paint fixes, roto and assembly of live action and 3D elements,
Producing a final overall look that far exceeds client expectations.

Qualifications:
Must have at least two years experience in compositing digital visual effects for feature film,
Must have thorough knowledge and ability to use the tools that produce Digital Composites such as NUKE, Shake, Combustion, Flame and Photoshop,
Must present a show reel highlighting candidate’s eye for colour, lighting, attention to detail and composition,
The candidate must have the ability to work autonomously and meet deadlines,
Strong communication skills are critical,
Candidate must be able to work within a team environment,
3D and/or on-set production experience is desirable.

All interested applicants should email their resumes to nycrecruiting@mrxfx.com with the subject reading “Compositor”. Please include the address of your web portfolio in your cover letter and/or resume or send a DVD of your demo reel to:

Attention: Recruiting/ Compositor
Mr. X Gotham
214 Sullivan Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012

Demo materials will not be returned.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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Roto Artist – Toronto

Mr. X is looking for experienced roto and paint cleanup artists to work on high-end HDTV and feature film projects.

The position:

Using Nuke software to create rotoscope mattes, and plate cleanup for use in compositing. Some basic compositing skills are required.

Responsibilities include:
creating articulated rotoscope and garbage mattes
tracking marker, wire, seam and rig removal
photo real animated paint cleanup
working closely with compositors and supervisors
working efficiently under tight deadlines and meeting productivity and quota targets

Candidates should possess:
a good understanding of techniques and methods of roto and plate preparation
an excellent eye for detail
a positive attitude, excellent communication skills and able to work well within a team under tight deadlines
experience with node based compositing system (shake, nuke)
experience with mocha software an asset

Along with your resume please submit a showreel demonstrating your rotoscope/prep skills. All interested applicants should email their resumes to recruiting@mrxfx.com with the subject reading “Roto Artist”. Please include the address of your web portfolio in your cover letter and/or resume or send a DVD of your demo reel to:

Attn: Recruiting/Lighting
Mr X Inc.
35 McCaul Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1V7

Demo materials will not be returned.
Please note: Demo materials will not be returned. This is a contract position. No phone calls please. *
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3D Animator – Toronto

Mr. X Inc. is seeking an Animator for upcoming feature film projects.

Responsibilities include:
– Performing Animation tasks as required to achieve the highest quality visual effects, and creation of high standard animation in a variety of styles,
– Engaging at every stage of production including generating original concepts and designs, pre-visualization of complicated sequences and research and development,
– Producing 3D visual effects that far exceed client and audience expectations,
– Meeting production schedules and deadlines,

Qualifications:
– Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Maya and Photoshop
– Strong communication skills are critical. Candidate must be able to work within a team, taking direction and exercising attention to detail in a fast-paced production environment.
– A general understanding of film production/post production techniques
– Knowledge of compositing software packages such as Shake is desirable.
– 2 years experience required.

All interested applicants should email their resumes to recruiting@mrxfx.com with the subject reading “Tracker/Animator”. Please include the address of your web portfolio in your cover letter and/or resume or send a DVD of your demo reel to:

Attn: Recruiting/Matchmover
Mr X Inc.
35 McCaul Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1V7

We invite you to visit our website @ www.mrxfx.com. No phone calls please.

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Lighting Artist – NYC

We are currently looking for an experienced VFX Lighter.

Responsibilities include:
Responsible for final 3D scene assembly and rendering of elements required to complete visual effects shots,
Engaging at every stage of production including pre-visualization of complicated sequences and research and development,
Optimize and troubleshoot lighting and rendering problems in a fast paced environment,
Working closely with CG Supervisors to determine best approach to solve 3D challenges and develop final look,
Will work closely with compositors to finish selected shots so that computer generated elements are seamlessly integrated with live-action plates.

Qualifications:
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Maya and Houdini as well as a general understanding of film production / post production techniques in a production environment,
Ability to problem solve and predict potential problems with assigned tasks,
Strong communication skills are critical. Candidate must be able to work within a team, taking direction and exercising attention to detail in a fast-paced production environment,
Experience with V-Ray and/or Mantra a plus,
Experience with Texture Painting or Look Development a plus,
Experience with compositing software, (Nuke) a plus,
Experience with 3D modeling/texturing a plus,
At least 3 years of experience Lighting for Feature Films.

All interested applicants should email their resumes to nycrecruiting@mrxfx.com with the subject reading “Lighting”. Please include the address of your web portfolio in your cover letter and/or resume or send a DVD of your demo reel to:

Attn: Recruiting/Lighting
Mr X Inc.
35 McCaul Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1V7
Demo materials will not be returned.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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Lighting Artist – Toronto

We are currently looking for an experienced VFX Lighter.

Responsibilities include:
Responsible for final 3D scene assembly and rendering of elements required to complete visual effects shots,
Engaging at every stage of production including pre-visualization of complicated sequences and research and development,
Optimize and troubleshoot lighting and rendering problems in a fast paced environment,
Working closely with CG Supervisors to determine best approach to solve 3D challenges and develop final look,
Will work closely with compositors to finish selected shots so that computer generated elements are seamlessly integrated with live-action plates.

Qualifications:
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Maya and Houdini as well as a general understanding of film production / post production techniques in a production environment,
Ability to problem solve and predict potential problems with assigned tasks,
Strong communication skills are critical. Candidate must be able to work within a team, taking direction and exercising attention to detail in a fast-paced production environment,
Experience with V-Ray and/or Mantra a plus,
Experience with Texture Painting or Look Development a plus,
Experience with compositing software, (Nuke) a plus,
Experience with 3D modeling/texturing a plus,
At least 3 years of experience Lighting for Feature Films.

All interested applicants should email their resumes to recruiting@mrxfx.com with the subject reading “Lighting”. Please include the address of your web portfolio in your cover letter and/or resume or send a DVD of your demo reel to:

Attn: Recruiting/Lighting
Mr X Inc.
35 McCaul Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1V7

Demo materials will not be returned.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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Matchmover/Tracking Artist – Toronto

Mr. X Inc. is seeking a Senior/Intermediate Tracking Artist for upcoming feature film projects.

Responsibilities include:
3D Camera tracking – recreating the movement of a stereo live-action camera in 3D, set extensions – ensuring 3d objects placed in a 3D virtual environment are accurately tracked.
Using the measurements and pictures of the live-action set, camera information, distortion grids, and scaling reference of characters and objects to recreate a virtual set in 3D.
Matchmoving rigid and non-rigid objects on moving elements in the plate.
Removing lens distortion from the plates to aid in the solving of tracks.

Qualifications:
Expert knowledge of PFTrack or 3Dequalizer (knowledge of Boujou a plus).
Thorough knowledge and experience with Maya.
On set production experience is desirable.
Previous stereoscopic film production experience a plus
Knowledge of a tracking software’s scripting language is desirable.
Meticulous attention to detail with a great eye for camera, blocking plus composition and must work well under pressure for potentially short turnaround deadines.
Able to take direction and feedback well from supervisor.
A minimum of two years of feature film experience required.

All interested applicants should email their resumes to recruiting@mrxfx.com with the subject reading “Matchmover / Tracking Artist”. Please include the address of your web portfolio in your cover letter and/or resume or send a DVD of your demo reel to:

Attn: Recruiting/Matchmover
Mr X Inc.
35 McCaul Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1V7

We invite you to visit our website @ www.mrxfx.com. No phone calls please.

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Modeling/Texture Artist – Toronto

We are currently looking for a Modeling/Texture Artist.

Responsibilities:
3D Modeling and Texturing for feature films, using a wide range of reference material,
Work very closely with the shader writers, look development artists and the riggers to generate organic or rigid object models that are suitable for feature film work,
Creating textures for CG Assets
With guidance from CG Supervisors, helping to determine the best approach to solve 3D challenges and develop final look.

Qualifications:
Strong spatial awareness and a good sense of form, scale and proportion, and a keen eye for detail,
A full working knowledge of modeling in Maya is required,
Ability to deliver a model with clean topology and strong UV layout skills for texturing,
Ability to work with Z-brush and/or Mudbox
A full working knowledge of Photoshop basics
Mari Experience preferred
Knowledge of Houdini would be an advantage,
Knowledge of Linux would be an advantage,
3+ years of experience Modeling for Feature Films is required.
Comprehensive knowledge of lighting techniques is an advantage

All interested applicants should email their resumes to recruiting@mrxfx.com with the subject reading “Model/Texture Artist”. Please include the address of your web portfolio in your cover letter and/or resume or send a DVD of your demo reel to:

Attn: Recruiting- Model/Texture Artist
Mr X Inc.
35 McCaul Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1V7

Please note: demo reels will not be returned. This is a contract position. We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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FX Artist – NYC

Responsibilities:
Work closely with VFX Supervisors and Leads to determine best approach to solve effects challenges and develop final look in shot development
Work with other TDs, art directors and designers to create photo-real effects and physically accurate simulations
Accurately interpret concept art and design from the Art Department
Use and understand 3D / 2D applications such as Houdini, Maya, and Nuke
Provide input regarding tools and interfaces to improve throughput
Producing a final overall look that far exceeds client expectations.

Qualifications:
Feature film production experience working with Houdini and/or Maya
Experience with RealFlow, FumeFX, and Naiad a plus
Experience lighting and rendering with Mantra, Renderman, and V-Ray a plus
Ability to script in Python and Hscript. C++ and HDK and plus
Ability to quickly master proprietary effects tools and pipeline tools
Ability to design, self-direct, and organize your work
Strong communication skills and must be able to work well within a team
Exercise a high level of focus and skill in a fast-paced production environment
Ability to perform visual and analytical problem-solving
Strong demo reel and/or portfolio in realistic effects animation, lighting, arts or engineering.

Please submit your resume and link to your online demo reel to nycrecruiting@mrxfx.com

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Lighting Tools Technical Director – Toronto

Responsibilities include:
Developing tools and techniques to facilitate lighting & rendering of large-scale environments and natural phenomena,
Optimizing and troubleshooting lighting and rendering problems in a fast paced environment,
Working closely with CG Supervisors to determine best approaches to solve 3D challenges and develop final look,
Engaging at every stage of production including pre-visualization of complicated sequences and research and development,
Serving as a bridge between technical and artistic roles during production

Qualifications:
Experience developing lighting-related pipeline tools
Python and/or C++ programming experience
Demonstrated knowledge in any of Maya API (Python or C++), PyMEL, Houdini Python Object Model (HOM), Houdini HDK, PyQt
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Maya and Houdini as well as a general understanding of film production / post production techniques in a production environment,
Ability to problem solve and predict potential problems with assigned tasks,
Strong communication skills are critical. Candidate must be able to work within a team, taking direction and exercising attention to detail in a fast-paced production environment,
Experience with Mantra, V-Ray or other physically-based rendering packages highly desirable,
Experience with 3D modeling/texturing a plus,
At least 3 years of experience developing tools for Feature Films.

All interested applicants should email their resumes to recruiting@mrxfx.com with the subject reading “Lighting Tools Technical Director”. Please include the address of your web portfolio in your cover letter and/or resume or send a DVD of your demo reel to:

Attn: Recruiting/Lighting Technical Director
Mr X Inc.
35 McCaul Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1V7
Demo materials will not be returned.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
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MoCap TD – Toronto

MoCap TD

Specializing in feature film visual effects and animation for international and local producers, Toronto based digital studio, Mr. X Inc. is comprised of a unique and gifted team of artists, filmmakers and programmers devoted to the art, craft and technology of visual story-telling.

We invite you to visit our website at www.mrxfx.com.

Responsibilities:
Clean up and retarget motion capture data, removing jitter and adding key-frame animation while retaining the original essence of the movement
Ability to address notes quickly and work with the supervisors to deliver shots within the allocated time
Troubleshoot and problem solve related issues and foresee issues with shots or mocap data and proactively communicate with supervisors and production management.
Excellent time management and organizational skills, accountable for shot quota.
Understanding of physics and biped motion exhibit correct organic motion, weight and timing
Responsible for writing tools when needed, comfortable developing tools for Windows & Linux

Requirements:
At least 3 years of proven Motion Capture Post-Production experience from acquisition through to delivery using Motion Builder and Maya.
Expert in all of Motion Builder’s tools, including data cleaning, characterization , retargeting and using optical data.
Working knowledge of current CG practices.
Extensive knowledge of Python
Good knowledge of Unix/Linux.
Must be detail oriented, organized, have good communication skills, and be able to independently handle a variety of tasks in an efficient manner.
Adaptable and flexible, with the ability to work independently or as part of a team.

All interested applicants should email their resumes to recruiting@mrxfx.com with the subject reading “MoCap Specialist”.

No phone calls please.
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Render Wrangler – Toronto

Responsibilities:

Render Farm Management:
Detect and troubleshoot failed jobs
Follow-up crashed jobs and jobs killed because they were hung
Monitor, diagnose and resolve/escalate malfunctioning farm hosts
Keep the render farm running at maximum capacity
Monitor file systems for space availability
Monitor render farm I/O utilization
Request changes in storage volume sizes as needed
Identify and report trends and potential problems
Monitor render blade local disk caches and clear caches
where necessary
Monitor software license utilization on render farm

Render Queue Management:
Monitor the XRender render queue
Monitor the XRender Dispatcher operation
Update and maintain the XRender job priorities according to
instructions from the Production Management
Assist artists with (python) job submissions and job errors
Answer the 24×7 Render Desk Hotline
Respond to all render-related Support Request Tickets
Work with production to forecast render resource needs
Make general reports for each shift

Render Pipeline Management:
Update shot directories, libraries and servers
Run Linux and Perl scripts to convert proprietary script files into
images, movie and video files
Render, inspect and fix frames for multiple concurrent productions
Provide render time estimates to producers, directors and animators for dailies and film out

Studio Support:
Monitor studio infrastructure servers and escalate problems
Answer and escalate Studio Help Desk calls after hours and on weekends
After hours and weekend render farm support

Qualifications:
One year of Linux, python scripting and basic systems admin experience
Good verbal and writing skills, good organizational skills
Able to handle a fast paced, occasionally high pressure environment
Can work well with a group or independently
Able to work very flexible hours on weekend evenings or nights. The shift will be from approximately 4pm-2am.
Must be a Canadian Resident.

Please send your cover letter and resume to recruiting@mrxfx.com with the subject line ‘Render Wrangler’.
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Systems Administrator – Toronto

Job Responsibilities:

  • Administration and support of Linux (CentOS primarily), Windows (Windows 7 and Server 2003/2008) and Macintosh desktop computers, involving both hardware and software troubleshooting
  • Design, specify and deploy servers and storage systems,
  • Familiarity with supporting a large network infrastructure, using various switches and routers,
  • Ensure reliable operation of critical IT systems,
  • Provide support to the users, troubleshooting issues as they come up on a day to day basis
  • Document IT processes,
  • Collaborate with other members of the technical department supporting the production of feature films,
  • Offer input into existing technologies and always work towards making a more robust technical infrastructure.

Required Skills:

  • 2 or more years of experience as a systems administrator in a heterogeneous environment,
  • VFX/Multimedia industry experience required,
  • Experience supporting 2D (Nuke primarily) and 3D (Maya and Houdini primarily) applications,
  • Strong familiarity with BlueArc, or Isilon, or both
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, capable of training users in complex topics and interacting positively with users,
  • License management, understanding FlexLM, Sesi, and RLM licensing models
  • Independent problem-solving, self-directed personality,
  • Strong experience in Linux system administration, troubleshooting, and management, and being able to use available tools to diagnose and solve problems
  • Strong understanding of the following networking protocols and services: DHCP, DNS, NFS, CIFS/Samba
  • Able to read and write Python, Bash, C Shell, or combination of both
  • Previous use of Nagios, Cacti and Ganglia
  • Experience with Autodesk Flame
  • Experience with Windows Active Directory

All interested applicants should email their resumes to recruiting@mrxfx.com with the subject reading “Systems Administrator”.

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Mr. X Inc. is comprised of a unique and gifted team of artists, filmmakers and programmers devoted to the art, craft and technology of visual story telling. Our talented staff, committed to quality above all else, has achieved some of the most original and photo-realistic visual effects and animation seen on film to date. If you have the imagination, talent and drive, then Mr. X is looking for you.

How to Apply

A resume is required when applying to any position at Mr. X. If you are applying for an artistic position, your resume must be accompanied by a demo reel and/or portfolio highlighting your artistic strengths. When submitting your portfolio/reel, please do not include original work, as we are unable to return the materials you submit.
Demo Reel Submission Guidelines

Please send us a DVD of the work that you are most proud of and that best demonstrates your abilities, starting with your most recent work. Music is not necessary. Your demo reel should be limited to 3 minutes in length.

Include a credit list explaining what you did on your reel and what software (if applicable) was used to achieve the effects.

Once your materials have been received we will send acknowledgement by letter or e-mail within 3 weeks. Should a position become available that matches your unique set of skills and talents, we will contact you.

No phone calls please.
Please send your application materials to:
Mr. X Inc.
Attention: Recruiting
35 McCaul Street, Suite 100
Toronto, ON
M5T 1V7

or

Mr. X Inc.
Attention: Recruiting
214 Sullivan Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY
10012

Thank you for your interest in Mr. X. We look forward to reviewing your material.
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