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FX Lead (Star Trek: Prodigy)

Company: LA 411
Location: Burbank
Posted on: May 19, 2023

Job Description:

This is a Full Time position in the field of Animation, Game Design & Simulation , located in Burbank, CA .The employer is Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Union Please note: clicking "Apply" will direct you to apply through ProductionHUB. SummaryNickelodeon Animation Studio is looking for an FX Lead to aid the CG Supervisor and Show Runners in fulfilling their creative vision by maintaining and improving the FX pipeline.Someone in this role will manage a team of in-house artists responsible for creating repeatable FX rigs, hero FX templates and documentation to be used by vendor studios, and any additional R&D requests related to FX.Knowledgeable in Nuke compositing methods involving 3d workspace, re-lighting, tracking, and utilizing AOV/Cryptomatte/Deep passes. Knowledgeable in Redshift including render time optimization and setting up AOV/Cryptomatte/Deep renders.For each episodic segment, assess storyboard and animatics from an FX stand-point during breakdown meetings to ensure timely delivery within the confines of our production model.Prior to episode ship dates, note FX requirements including unique FX scenarios, FX rigs, specific instructions, and direction for each episode in the appropriate tracking software to ensure that vendor studios have initial guidance for the final look of each scene within each episode.Instructing vendor studios by making notes, video notes, paint-overs and whatever else necessary to correct inconsistencies, mistakes, and/or misdirection on "final" shots that are received from vendor studios as well as communicating with all other CG departments at Nickelodeon Animation Studio to ensure the highest quality shot possible.Responsibilities--Work closely with the CG Supervisor on best practices and methods regarding FX and how they are lit, composited, and rendered.--Review episodic animation, while providing feedback and direction to studios.--Call out and note all FX issues in the storyboard during Tech Reviews.--Attend meetings early in the process (board pitches, animatic reviews, Lighting and FX breakdowns, etc.) to understand the episode's direction and requirements.--Attend meetings with vendor studios to address FX technical issues and concerns.--Review designs and breakdown decisions to help direct from the front on new or reused assets (instead of noting issues once into production).--Report directly to show leadership and can make recommendations about other aspects of the production.--Ability to communicate and translate complex technical and aesthetic concepts to producers and subordinate team members.--Translate storyboard and scripted concepts into repeatable actionable FX assets.--Track and assign episodic FX work to vendors and to in-house FX artists.--Strategizing and solving for scope of FX work while balancing across existing budget and schedule.Qualifications--Advanced Knowledge of Houdini, Maya and Nuke, Redshift, Photoshop, and Shotgrid--Experience working in a leadership role with a team of subordinates--Strong ability to communicate through written notes and visual examples--Complete understanding of particle systems, instancing, volumetrics, fluids, pyro and cloth--Strong Knowledge of material, shading, render and compositing workflows--Experience and knowledge working in television, feature or gaming pipelines--Python and other programming knowledge is a plus We have partnered with ProductionHUB to provide you with the most valuable and exclusive job service in the industry.

Keywords: LA 411, Burbank , FX Lead (Star Trek: Prodigy), Other , Burbank, California

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