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Rising Sun Pictures Recruiting Houdini Effects TD’s and Effects Artists & Matchmove Artists

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Houdini Effects TD’s & Effects Artists

RSP is currently seeking experienced Houdini Effects TD’s & Effects Artists to join our team over the Australian summer.
Employment periods: Various contract lengths commencing early January 2015, with most positions scheduled to conclude between May & July 2015.

Location: Adelaide, Australia. These positions are open to Australian and international applicants.
Relocation: Relocation assistance and working visa’s are available for these effects positions.
Application: or via email to

Position Overview:

Reporting directly to RSP’s effects leads, you will be responsible for creating wide ranging natural phenomena for a variety of live action feature films. Applicants presenting highly realistic effects work in their portfolio, will be reviewed with priority. RSP is a Houdini based effects facility operating in a Linux system environment. All candidates must be have deep experience with Houdini and be comfortable with Linux.
You are a professional artist who works collaboratively with your team and those working in other departments. You are an excellent time manager and forward thinker who delivers to schedule and to brief. Using Houdini, you have previously been responsible for creating wide ranging naturalistic effects simulation including destruction, water, fire, procedural environments and character effects.
Your ability to own your delivery is highly regarded by your previous supervisors. As a professional effects artist and effects technical director, you provide confidence to the production team because you maintain absolute clarity in what is expected of you. You are the artist who seeks to understand and subsequently nail the brief.


Create and deliver effects; including rigid body dynamics, fluid simulations, cloth simulations and generic particle effects, that match the creative and technical brief.
Tightly adhere to production schedule and deliver to key milestones, presenting your work-in-progress daily.
Work with animation, lighting & compositing as necessary in order to meet FX animation objectives.
Adapt your effects as the brief evolves.
Diagnose and resolve issues with your own Houdini and Python scripts.
Review and QA your work for internal and external delivery ensuring it hits creative and technical notes.
Assemble and / or modify complex shaders.
Create consistent lighting and effects render passes for compositing.
Create effects composites in order to demonstrate the effect relative to the plate.
Work in a manner that allows other effects team members to pick up your work if necessary.
Contribute to creative and technical conversations, with a view to raising the quality level of the final image.
Expect additional delegated tasks from effects supervisor and leads.
Manage your workload. Advise your lead of any obstacles which may affect delivery quality, timeliness or budget.
Promote a collaborative and enjoyable workplace influencing morale, fostering purposeful discussions and a positive work ethic.

Required Skills and Experience:

Minimum 5 years professional experience creating high-end effects for live-action feature films.
Expert user of Houdini.
Complex shading and render experience using Houdini’s Mantra.
Utilitarian knowledge of other discipline software such as Maya, Nuke and industry standard tracking software.
Strong coding experience using Python and hscript.
Maintain a calm and professional demeanour in a delivery focused work environment.
Real world understanding of physics, math, proportion, depth and colour.
Understanding of naturalistic light and motion with a focus on dynamics and natural phenomenon.
Superior level of attention to detail and strong eye for aesthetic composition.
Expert organisational skills.
Technical and creative problem solving with a can-do mindset.

Matchmove Artists

RSP is currently seeking experienced Camera Tracking/Body Tracking Artists to join our team over the Australian summer.

Employment period: Immediate to March 2015.
Location: Adelaide, Australia. These positions are open to Australian and international applicants.
Application: or via email to
Projects: Gods of Egypt, Pan & Tarzan – All projects are mono.

Position Overview

RSP is currently working on sequences from several high-profile shows. We are seeking a professional Track, BodyTrack & Matchmove artists with extensive live-action experience to commence immediately. Applicants should be fully conversant in 3DEqualizer and competent working with multiple VFX disciplines in a feature film pipeline.
In this role you will be required to accurately track and matchmove organic and hard surface physical objects in 3DEqualizer. Your precise work will be fundamental to ensuring photo real geometry and effects can be seamlessly integrated into live action plates.
The ideal candidate will possess a passion for uncompromising excellence in the areas of attention to detail, forward thinking, time management and clear communication. You know you are the right candidate because peers marvel at your ability to solve the seemingly impossible. A deep understanding of physical camera attributes and the spatial relationship between a large number of assets will underpin your success.


Create accurate camera solves and body tracks that meet creative & technical shot briefs while maintaining strict on time delivery.
High ability to deliver DigiDouble matchmoves for full CG augmentation.
Demonstrate progress through the regular submission of work in progress and daily updates.
Flexibility to work across multiple shows and be proactive on meeting deliveries.
Complete modeling, rigging & animation tasks as required to achieve matchmoving objectives.
Work with riggers to define the exact needs of the matchmove rig.
Clearly communicate with production any delays or obstacles that may impact your schedule.
Ensure shot layout, orientation and continuity line up with scene requirements.
Adapt and make necessary changes to tracked data as the brief evolves.
Provide QA sanity checks of tracks and matchmoves prior to delivery.

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum 3-years feature film experience using Maya & 3d Equalizer.
Ability to quickly identify plate features suitable for tracking, adjusting points where necessary.
Solid understanding of Maya cameras.
Experience working with LIDAR and other on set data.
Knowledge of Python/Mel Scripting is a plus.
Knowledge of basic animation principles.
Complete understanding of lens calibration, camera orientation & projection, focal length and distortion.
Demonstrated experience resolving tough matchmoves on actors.
Experience with standard VFX software such as Nuke, PFTrack, SynthEyes and MatchMover a plus.
Real world understanding of proportion, depth, scale, and physical space.
Excellent communication skills.
Technical and creative problem solving with a can-do mindset.
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