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Mr. X Inc Recruiting Systems Administrator, VFX Coordinator, 3D Animator, Senior Pipeline TD & Lighting Artist

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Systems Administrator

Job Description

Ensure IT systems operate reliably to meet needs of production,
Administration and support of Linux (CentOS primarily), Windows (Windows 7 and Server 2003/2008) and Macintosh desktop computers, involving both hardware and software troubleshooting,
Assist with maintaining health of 700+ node renderfarm. Monitor existing servers that support our pipeline,
Maintain existing network and evolving where necessary; identifying problems and proposing a solution.
Provide support to the Mr X team, 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. Keep up to date with applicable technology for the VFX industry,
After hours and weekend availability when required by production.


2 or more years of experience as a systems administrator in a heterogeneous environment. 70/20/10 split between Linux, Windows and Macintosh support,
Working knowledge of the M&E industry (VFX preferred),
Experience supporting (some, if not all of) Nuke, Maya, Houdini, ZBrush, Mari and other related applications in a production environment,
Independent problem-solving, self-directed personality,
Strong familiarity enterprise storage servers. Mr X uses Isilon. Understanding of Avere FXT and how the Avere works,
Strong understanding of the following networking protocols and services: Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, NFS, CIFS/Samba, PXE.
Previous use of Extreme Networks switching equipment if applicable; otherwise understanding of enterprise level switch hardware, routing, VLANs.
Able to read and understand the Python language. Bonus points if you can write Python. Python is used across our pipeline and also used for to automate systems tasks. It’s great.
Understanding of Nagios, Cacti and Ganglia; more importantly knowing how to use such tools to identify and solve problems,
Familarity with the MPAA Content Security Best Practices considered a plus.

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VFX Coordinator

Mr. X Inc. is looking for a highly motivated VFX Coordinator to work on high-end feature film projects.

Job Description

Working as part of the film production team to implement practical VFX solutions.
Developing project plans and delivery schedules to ensure deadlines are met.
Coordinating animators, compositors and internal production staff to ensure efficient workflow
Working closely with editorial
Managing and logging incoming elements, footage, data, notes, etc.
Overseeing outputs and client deliveries
Maintaining project databases
Helping coordinate on set during visual effects shoots


1+ years of professional experience as a visual effects or post production coordinator for Feature Films in VFX or Animation Studio is required,
Working knowledge of feature film production and post-production pipelines,
Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Microsoft Access, MS Project,
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills are essential,
Candidate is highly organized, detail-oriented, and enjoys working in a fast-paced creative team environment.
Please provide both a cover letter and resume when applying.

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3D Animator


Mr. X inc. is on the lookout for enthusiastic animators that are passionate about producing hyper-realistic VFX animation. We love the work we do and always strive to exceed client expectations.
From creatures to crashes, our effects animation work on feature film and high concept TV spans the spectrum from design through final animation.


Leveraging our production workflow, the Animator, working under the direction of the Animation Lead, will develop performance and movement for creatures, objects and characters in live action film and television productions.

Create natural, realistic, polished motion using Maya.
Creatively enhance shots and push animation performance.
Engage with every stage of production including generating original concepts and designs, pre-visualization of complicated sequences and research and development.
Proactively recognize problems and troubleshoot solutions.
Able to meet deadlines.


Minimum 3 years experience creating convincing performance and motion for live action feature film and/or television series.
Strong sense of camera work and framing for full cg or previs sequences.
Possess solid proficiency animating in Maya.
Demonstrate a thorough understanding of all aspects of animation, including rigging.
Must be detail oriented, organized, have good communication skills, and be able to independently handle a variety of tasks in an efficient manner.

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Senior Pipeline TD

Job Description

Work with our head of CG and supervisors to build and maintain pipeline tools, techniques and procedures to support current projects and advance the capabilities of the facility for the future.
Come up with elegant solutions and tools to speed up workflows, alleviate bottlenecks and facilitate production.
Candidates will be required to contribute to their area of specialty (FX, Lighting, etc.) and overall back end development.
Looking for someone who is motivated, proactive and self-starting. This is both a creative and technical position.


At least 5 years of development experience, preferably in a production environment.
A firm grasp of python, MEL, Qt, Pyside, HTML/Javascript, Git Required. Knowledge of C and C++ is a plus.
A solid grasp of shotgun application dev, along with developing tools for Maya, Houdini, Arnold, Vray, Mantra, RV, Nuke, Qt UI design, video/image/audio formats/compression and networking.
Experience working with the following frameworks: sqlalchemy, quicktime, opengl and opencl.
Experience with the following tools: virtualenv, apache, postgresql, alembic and compilers
Must be a problem solver with good communication skills who can bring new ideas and solutions to the table.
Functional knowledge of Linux based distributions.

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Lighting Artist

Job Description

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, look development, 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.


Experience with Maya and/or Houdini as well as a firm understanding of film production / post production techniques in a production environment,
Intermediate-level compositing experience (Nuke),
Ability to problem solve and predict potential problems with assigned tasks,
Ability to manage personal as well as team milestones and deadlines,
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 3D modeling/texturing a plus,
At least 3 years of experience lighting for Feature Films.

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