Senior Groom TD (VFX)

Location: Bristol

Specialism: Visual Effects


Contract: Freelance

Axis Studios Bristol are looking for a talented Senior Groom Artist onsite or remote for photorealistic creatures on upcoming high profile projects. This would suit a freelance or fixed term contract role starting in early 2022. Groom Artists/Technical Directors create hair, fur and/or feather grooms for characters and creatures in high end VFX projects.


  • The creation of hair/fur/feather grooms for characters and creatures
  • Working with with Creature FX simulation TDs developing strategies for dynamics, and the layout of guide hairs
  • Creative problem solving  with other departments involved in the creature workflow including Modelling, Rigging, Animation and Lighting.
  • Rendering tests of the groom as it progresses & working with lookdev and lighting to develop AOV and Attribute strategies.
  • Working with production to meet set schedules and deadlines while maintaining the highest standards.
  • Positively and proactively communicating with Production and Leads regarding schedules and deadlines.

Essential Skills:

  • Experience in a similar role on photorealistic CG creature projects.
  • A thorough knowledge of Houdini, its fur tools and simulation processes.
  • Excellent problem solving skills & a good eye for detail
  • High level understanding of both the aesthetic and technical requirements of the role.
  • A strong work ethic, and a willingness to be involved in both development and shot execution.
  • The ability to work as part of a team in a challenging and deadline oriented environment including a good understanding of pipeline and workflow issues.
  • Excellent organisation, communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to liaise across departments

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of working under a Unix/Linux systems environment
  • Experience with dynamic hair simulation, or other forms of dynamics


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