Animated Feature Lead Houdini FX Artist

Location: Glasgow

FX , Feature

Axis Studios Group are currently recruiting for an experienced Lead Houdini FX Artist to join them on site in Glasgow to support with an upcoming feature project.

The Lead Houdini FX Artist will join our senior team, providing technical and artistic leadership for the fx artists.

The Lead FX Artist will manage FX artists & project pipeline driving the team to meet scheduled objectives & quality targets.

The Lead FX Artist is responsible for QC on all output from the project FX team. In addition, they are required to feedback on & manage technical challenges alongside other project leads. A fundamental responsibility of this role is interpreting, filtering & communicating a diverse range of feedback to the FX artists. The Lead FX Artist will help the Head of Dept in mentoring junior members of the department providing technical & artistic leadership, passing on knowledge & methodology on best practice & technique, helping the growth of the studio.

The Lead FX Artist should contribute to the general progression of the studios FX pipeline as well as ensuring the smooth running of the project.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Managing the project’s FX team and it’s pipeline throughout the course of the production

  • Helping production drive the project team to meet schedule objectives

  • Being proactive in mentoring and developing all members of the FX team in the department across several projects

  • Quality controlling FX output on the feature project

  • Feedback and managing technical challenges on project alongside the CG Supervisor and Dept lead

  • Liaising with production on task assignment and scheduling of the team

  • Interpreting and communicating the director feedback and vision to the team

  • Design and create FX using sprite/volumetric rendering techniques and Houdini/Maya particle systems

  • Create dynamic or rigid body simulations

  • Create tools, utility scripts, expressions and other digital assets to streamline the set-up process and achieve the desired look

  • Take responsibility for producing the final looks of FX sequences, including integration with other CG elements

  • Provide slap and final comps (as required)

  • Keep CG Supervisor and Head of FX informed of progress, changes and other critical issues

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Strong leadership capabilities with the ability to motivate, mentor and develop a team

  • Previous experience as a Lead Houdini FX Artist on a Feature film preferred but not essential

  • Solution orientated with a collaborative approach to problem solving

  • A strong, measurable track record in delivering against project goals

  • Ability to successfully delegate, mentor and manage people and projects

  • Able to remain calm and confident in a fast-paced environment

  • In depth knowledge of Houdini FX experience is essential

  • Experience rendering with Houdini/MANTRA preferred

  • 2 + years production experience is required.

  • Some experience with MEL or Houdini scripting