Nerd Corps Seeking a Senior FX Artist
Nerd Corps Entertainment, established in 2002, is a DHX Media company, boasting a diverse portfolio of award-winning original properties such as Slugterra, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks and Rated A for Awesome. With six shows in production, there is always a genre or character to keep you interested and challenged. But we’re more than just an animation studio. Our 400 creatives build stories, worlds, and experiences for kids that cut across platforms from television to online, games, toys, mobile—wherever kids are spending time. We handle all stages of our process in-house, from the IP creation and development to post-production, finance, sales and distribution, licensing and consumer products, and interactive development, making us a rarity in the industry. Our studio near Vancouver’s trendy Commercial Drive is a vibrant mixture of rookies and veterans, where those fresh out of college can continue learning from mid-career and senior artists, and where every level of experience can make the most of their talent on some of the best kids shows and games in the world.
Leo, Gemini, Emmy…been there, won that.
Come work for an award-winning studio and make cartoons, not war.
About the Position
Nerd Corps Entertainment is looking for a senior FX artist to join our team! If you love cartoons, explosions, smoke and fire…imagine combining all of them together! As the senior FX artist, you will create high-calibre, dynamic, and riveting visual effects on our shows while mentoring new FX artists.
In collaboration with the VFX supervisor, construct creative solutions for recurring visual effects in the production
Create complex effects sequences as assigned by the VFX supervisor/director
Identify to the VFX supervisor problems that could potentially affect timelines and delivery schedules
Respect and adapt to the Nerd Corps system of data storage and retrieval through the use of in-house software
Find a balance between creative needs and technical resources available
Ensure that all production deadlines are met while producing work at a quality level in keeping with production requirements
Create and deliver effects for the series in a timely manner
Participate in VFX meetings and adjust/refine effects as indicated by VFX supervisor or VFX department head
Actively participate in production-related meetings by offering thoughts and ideas
Ensure the VFX team is productive by answering questions that arise
Train, mentor, and motivate new FX artists who are placed on the team
Assist/guide FX artists in the organization of their assignments
Be aware of what is happening on the team at all times and identify obstacles to the VFX supervisor
Anticipate, communicate, and troubleshoot any creative or technical issues with assistance from key stakeholders
Keep current on effects techniques and technology
Ensure the VFX supervisor/VFX department head’s instructions are carried through
Recommend any crew training needs to VFX supervisor
Carry out duties in a professional and positive manner
Be a positive and creative force on the team
3+ years of experience in animation or film industry
Solid knowledge of Maya
Solid knowledge of particle systems
Intermediate understanding of animation, modelling, compositing, rendering and lighting
Intermediate knowledge of XSI
Creative with timing and colour
Able to take direction, collaborate, and be a team player
Able to communicate in a professional and positive manner
Able to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
Able to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
Able to work alone and collaboratively, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressure
Encourage feedback and new initiatives
Able to adapt to multiple show styles
Must be open to direction and able to embrace change
THANK YOU to all those who express interest in being a part of the Nerd Corps team. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may be unable to reply to all applicants. If we feel that you may be a good match for one of our current openings you will be contacted.
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