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1  VFX Industry News & Information / VFX News / The Craft of the Effects Technical Director - February 27, 2013 6:30-8:30PM on: February 20, 2013, 05:35:09 PM
The Craft of the Effects Technical Director
with Houdini Guru Andrew Lowell

Spread the word!

Date
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Time
6:30PM -> 8:30PM

RSVP
contact@lostboys-studios.com


Overview

The focus of this talk is the mindset of an FX Artist, and how to take simple ideas and create dramatic results.  During this talk Andrew Lowell (Senior FX TD, Houdini FX Specialist and Instructor) will present some of this work, and give insight into his experience at major VFX studios.  As a Houdini instructor and enthusiast, he'll address how Houdini was used to accomplish some of the most difficult feats in Hollywood action movies, as well as the mindset and process needed to approach these tasks.  His unique experience as a Houdini trainer can also give prospective students valuable insight into what it takes to learn Houdini, and will field questions about the process of learning to be an FX TD, both in school and on the job.

If you are interested in FX please come and check it out and hear about some exciting news from Lost Boys. The presentation February 27th, 2013 6:30-8:30pm is free but please RSVP to contact@lostboys-studios.com

Speaker Bio


Andrew Lowell - Senior FX TD, Houdini FX Specialist and Instructor

Andrew Lowell is currently an FX TD at Digital Domain, and CG experience includes feature film effects at a range of studios such as Rhythm and Hues, Ring of Fire, CIS Vancouver, and Animal Logic. Andrew has also taught college classes in 3d graphics for several years as well as classes for Sidefx, FXPHD, and now Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects. He is the author of a book on music and animation with Houdini. Personal interests include the interaction of visual and sonic perception, and Houdini is his primary application because of it’s audio features and unique abilities with visual effects.

Speaker Showreel


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Event Location

Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects
Suite 200 - 495 Railway Street
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada

Email: contact@lostboys-studios.com
Studio Phone: (604)558-4999


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*Plenty of free street parking available along Railway Street and Jackson Ave.

About our Sponsors

Visual Effects Society
The Visual Effects Society (VES) is the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio leaders, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers in all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to music videos and games. Comprised of a diverse group of more than 2,500 members in 29 countries, the VES strives to enrich and educate its own members and members of the entertainment community at large through a multitude of domestic and international events, screenings and programs.

Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects
Based in Vancouver Canada, Lost Boys | School of VFX is North America's top dedicated visual effects school offering an intensive ten month Visual Effects Production Diploma program. Led by award-winning VFX Supervisor/Mentor, Mark Bénard, a pioneer of Vancouver’s VFX Industry, bringing over 16 years of studio, on-set and supervisory experience from projects across the globe. Boasting over a 98% placement rate, Lost Boys is the preeminent school of visual effects. For more information please visit our website at www.lostboys-studios.com, www.lostboys-vfx.com or join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/SchoolOfVFX.

Side Effects Software - Houdini
Houdini is a 3D animation and VFX software solution designed with a procedural node-based workflow. Houdini lets artists accomplish more and work faster!  Houdini has been used to create stunning digital animation and effects for blockbuster films such as Coraline, Bolt, The Tale of Despereaux, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Speed Racer, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Superman Returns, The Wild, X-Men: The Last Stand, and more. Over the last decade, Houdini films have received the Oscar for Best Visual Effects eight times.

Houdini’s comprehensive feature set includes modeling, rigging, animation, particle effects, dynamics, compositing, integrated rendering, and more. Houdini is available for the Mac OS X, Linux and Windows operating systems.
2  Media Gallery / Member Showcase / Lost Boys Studios | School of Visual Effects - Class 8 Showcase on: December 05, 2011, 09:28:47 PM
Lost Boys Studios | School of Visual Effects - Class 8 Showcase

Lost Boys Studios | School of Visual Effects is proud to announce the graduation of Class 8 of it's Visual Effects Diploma Program.

Our full-time Visual Effects program is an intensive study of creating photo-realistic VFX, primarily using Autodesk's Maya and The Foundry's NUKE, supplemented by other specialty software to provide more exploratory options.

Class 8 Experience - Graduation Commemoration Clip


Produced by Gustavo (Gus) Kasai.  Along with his classmates, Gustavo created this clip to commemorate
their year long experience at Lost Boys Learning | School of Visual Effects.

"It was a pleasure and an honour to have shared the studio with such a creative and skilled set of individuals.  The level of support and camaraderie that I witnessed amongst the students was unprecedented.  They banded together, inspiring and pushing each other to higher levels.  We are very proud of their achievements and welcome them to the Lost Boys Alumni.  It's no surprise to me that Class 8 have enjoyed a 100% placement rate within the Visual Effects Industry."  - Mark Bénard | Founder & VFX Director

Demo Reels and Website Portfolio Links

Carlos Guzman - Effects Artist


Country of Origin: Mexico
Current Employment:  Effects Animator, Stargate Studios Vancouver
Website URL:  http://carlosvfx.com




Gregory Watkins - Compositor


Country of Origin: Barbados
Current Employment:  Roto Artist, Method Studios Vancouver
Website URL:  http://www.watkinsvfx.com/




Marcelo Bassoli - Compositor


Country of Origin: Brazil
Current Employment:  VFX Artist, Freelance
Website URL:  http://marcelovfx.com/




Michael (Mitch) Balzer - VFX Artist


Country of Origin: Germany
Current Employment:  VFX Artist, Arctic Air Series - Omni Films, Vancouver
Website URL:  http://www.balzervfx.com/




Miguel Ponce - VFX Artist


Country of Origin: Mexico
Current Employment:  Compositor, Arctic Air Series - Omni Films, Vancouver
Website URL: http://mponcevfx.com/




Jason Tranetzki - VFX Artist


Country of Origin: United States
Current Employment:  VFX Artist, FX Shop, Mexico City
Website URL: http://www.jdtranetzki-vfx.com/




Gustavo Kasai - Compositor


Country of Origin: Brazil
Current Employment:  Compositor, Arctic Air Series - Omni Films, Vancouver
Website URL: http://www.gustavovfx.com/


Lost Boys Studios | School of Visual Effects is North America's only dedicated visual effects school offering an intensive eight month program supplying world-class training in photo-realistic 3D for VFX and compositing for film and television.  Our students work with the award-winning VFX Supervisor/Mentor, Mark Bénard, in a project-based learning environment, covering VFX pre-production and shooting, 3D for VFX and compositing.  Boasting over a 93% placement rate, Lost Boys is the eminent school of visual effects.  For more information please visit our website at www.lostboys-learning.com, http://lostboys-vfx.com/ or join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/lostboyslearning.
3  General Discussion / Ask a Veteran / Re: Fundamental skills prior to learning on: October 27, 2011, 03:31:51 PM
Hi Long time reader,

I would look into a good school to help improve your skills. Lost Boys Learning (Lost Boys Studios - School of Visual Effects) has a great program to get you industry ready. I would check out some of their stuff and alumni's reels. Impressive stuff.
4  Media Gallery / Member Showcase / Team Lost Boys - 48 Hour Horror Film Contest on: October 25, 2011, 08:50:46 PM

Team Lost Boys - 48 Hour Horror Film Contest

Lost Boys Studios | School of Visual Effects, gathered several of their current class and some of their alumni to help create a 48 Hour Horror Short Film for a Bloodshots Canada competition.

Our team created "Cerebral Static". A film about the experience of a brain trauma patient during the final moments of his life, horror style.  

As per the rules of the competition, on Friday night at 7PM we were given an envelope with the following criteria to include.

The quote "We don't talk about the accident."
the weapon - a cigarette
the prop - a cassette tape
and the style - Hospital Horror.


I hope you like our short and please vote for us!!!!  It only takes a few seconds to vote. Look for the red vote button. Only watch the clip if you are not too squeamish about horror... It's a bit freaky! Wink


We had 48 hours to create a concept based on the style, script, choose roles, locations, shoot the film, visual effects and edit with audio.  No sleep, $600 worth of pizza and red bull, a gallon of fake blood and a ton of fun.  With our usual focus is on shooting VFX related sequences, this was our first attempt at a full production piece.  Large learning curve for everyone and a new respect for film making.  We split the filming across two Canon 5D's and a RED camera.  Working primarily in NUKE; we had green screens to key, virtual sets to build, freaky Siamese twins to stitch together and exposed brains to track over our patient.  Shuttling data between two separate facilities, new camera formats and sharing work between multiple operating systems kept us hopping. Final edit and audio mix came together with just enough time to rush it across town through traffic to deliver with only 5 minutes to spare!

Cerebral Static Backstage Timelapse


Special thanks to Leviathan Studios for volunteering their studio space and giving us access to their RED camera, jib crane and edit suite, couldn't have done it without them.  Thanks Trevor and Patti!

Congrats and thanks to all members of Team Lost Boys for your hard work, devotion and creative input.

Cheers,

Mark Benard

Lost Boys Studios | School of Visual Effects is North America's only dedicated visual effects school with world-class training in photo-realistic 3D for VFX and compositing for film and television. Boasting over a 90% placement rate Lost Boys Learning offers a specialized 1 year Visual Effects Diploma.  Our students work with the award winning VFX Supervisor and experienced mentor, Mark Bénard, in a project-based learning environment, covering VFX pre-production and shooting, 3D for VFX and compositing.
5  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / WEBSITES WITH JOB POSTINGS on: August 11, 2011, 02:03:46 PM
6  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / July 27, 2011 - Senior Recruiter needed at Sony Pictures Imageworks Vancouver on: August 01, 2011, 06:27:37 PM
Senior Recruiter needed at Sony Pictures Imageworks Vancouver

Job Summary:

Performs staffing activities in functional areas of employment and recruitment for SPI Vancouver. Participates in the development and execution of recruiting programs with an emphasis on 3D Artist roles, 2D Artist roles, and CG Technical roles.
Implements activities that generally impact important components / processes of work of own unit / team. Typically assigned to important / complicated undertakings.

Primary Responsibilities:
·Working with assigned managers and departments, reviews hiring needs and develops and manages appropriate recruitment strategies and processes to identify talented 3D Artists, 2D Artists, and Technical talent.
·Establishes sourcing strategies to develop and maintain ongoing relationships with key industry talent.
·Reviews demo reels and resumes to ascertain candidates’ skills for qualification.
·Schedules, facilitates, and participates in all interviews. Ensures compliance with state and federal employment laws and practices during the recruitment process.
·Responsible for maintaining and updating candidate database.
·Coordinates, participates, and represents recruiting efforts at major conferences, schools and at professional organization events.
·Develops and manages special projects as needed or assigned.
·Develops relationships with colleges and universities and maintains contact with key faculty and administrators.
·Ensures that best practices relating to database management, hiring procedures, and maintenance of files, resumes, reels and portfolios are conducted.
Knowledge:
·Must have working knowledge of artist roles within CG Animated and Visual Effects studio environment and knowledge of their relative skillsets, particularly in Canada.
·Must have working knowledge of cgi production pipelines, processes and some familiarity with names of software and their relative application.
·Must be familiar with the animation and visual effects industry: Major vfx & animation studios, where they’re located, what type of work they do; familiarity with the artist community: who, what and where.
·Must be familiar with Canadian Federal and Provincial Employment Standards and applicable labor laws
·Knowledge of artist compensation helpful
Skills:
·Exemplify diplomacy and flexibility in stressful situations.
·Requires excellent organizational and multitasking skills.
·Excellent communication skills - both written and oral with clear attention to detail
·Strong negotiating skills in making offers of employment.
·Excellent interpersonal skills.
·Experience with database management a requirement
Abilities:
·Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
·Capable of handling a high volume of activity with accuracy.
·Ability to travel domestically and internationally about 10%-20% of the time.
·Ability to deal with ambiguity
·Ability to work and communicate effectively with artists, producers, Artist Managers

To Apply: Please submit your resume to recruiting@imageworks.com with the job title in the subject header.
7  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / July 31, 2011 - ZOIC STUDIOS VANCOUVER - Experienced Nuke Artists on: August 01, 2011, 06:20:46 PM
ZOIC STUDIOS VANCOUVER - Experienced Nuke Artists
ZOIC STUDIOS VANCOUVER is now booking Nuke artists for upcoming projects, with a variety of openings for August and September. Send in your applications now so we can get you on our radar!

Openings include:
Lead-level Nuke Artists
Senior-level Nuke Artists
Mid-level Nuke Artists
Experienced Roto Artists

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY BC RESIDENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THESE POSITIONS.

ZOIC VANCOUVER provides an upbeat, well-managed work environment, competitive pay with overtime per BC Labour Standards, and a great new centrally located studio space in Gastown above Steamworks Restaurant, right next door to Waterfront Station.

If interested and qualified please email your resume and a link to your online reel to bcjobs@zoicstudios.com. Please use a subject line similar to the following: "Joe Smith – Senior Nuke Artist – Vancouver", and indicate your upcoming availability and BC residency status in the body of the email.

We thank all applicants in advance, but only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted.
8  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / July 24, 2011 - ZOIC STUDIOS VANCOUVER - Maya/Vray Generalists on: August 01, 2011, 06:18:16 PM
ZOIC STUDIOS VANCOUVER - Maya/Vray Generalists
ZOIC STUDIOS VANCOUVER is now recruiting for experienced Maya/Vray generalists (mid & senior levels). Candidates should be well-rounded and skilled in all areas of 3D production with prior production experience. Additional specialization in photo-real texturing-shading-lighting is a major plus.

ZOIC VANCOUVER provides an upbeat, well-managed work environment, competitive pay with overtime per BC Labour Standards, and a great new centrally located studio space in Gastown above Steamworks Restaurant, right next door to Waterfront Station.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY BC RESIDENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THESE POSITIONS.

If interested and qualified please email your resume with references and a link to your online reel to bcjobs@zoicstudios.com. Please use a subject line similar to the following: "Joe Smith – Senior CG Generalist – Vancouver", and indicate your upcoming availability and BC residency status in the body of the email.

We thank all applicants in advance, but only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted
9  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / July 5th, 2011 - Senior Nuke Compositors - Method Studios - Vancouver on: July 05, 2011, 08:52:50 PM
Method Studios Vancouver is now hiring for NUKE COMPOSITORS
Method Studios (formerly CIS) Vancouver is currently seeking strong Intermediate and Senior Nuke Compositors for work on a feature film project to start immediately, to the end of January 2012.

MUST HAVE A MINIMUM of 5 years experience compositing on major feature film projects.

Please e-mail your CV, demo reel link, and availability to: recruiting@cis-vancouver.com with the subject line "Compositor" along with your name, as in: "Compositor - Joe Smith".

We thank all candidates in advance for applying but only those selected will be contacted for an interview.
10  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / July 4th, 2011 - Lead/Sr 2D & 3D positions for TV - ZOIC STUDIOS, VANCOUVER on: July 05, 2011, 08:49:11 PM
ZOIC STUDIOS VANCOUVER - Lead/Sr 2D & 3D positions for Television
The episodic division at ZOIC STUDIOS delivers award-winning visual effects for many of television’s most notable series. With a track record that speaks for itself, and studios in both Los Angeles and Vancouver, clients and top visual effects artists consider ZOIC to be the company of choice for the creation of high-end visual effects for television. For more info visit: http://www.zoicstudios.com/#/creatio...levision-reel/

ZOIC STUDIOS VANCOUVER is now recruiting for key positions on upcoming television projects, with a variety of openings through July, August and September. Send in your applications so we can get you on our radar!

Openings will include:
Lead-level Nuke Artists
Senior-level Nuke Artists
Lead-level Maya/V-Ray Artists
Senior-level Maya/V-Ray Generalists
Senior-level FX artists (Maya particles, fluids; Fume FX; RealFlow)
Senior-level Lighting Artists

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY BC RESIDENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THESE POSITIONS. IF YOU WERE LIVING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA ON DEC 31, 2010 AND YOU HAVE FILED 2010 CANADIAN TAXES THEN YOU CAN LIKELY BE CONSIDERED A “BC RESIDENT”.

ZOIC VANCOUVER provides an upbeat, well-managed work environment, competitive pay with overtime per BC Labour Standards, and a great new centrally located studio space in Gastown above Steamworks Restaurant, right next door to Waterfront Station.

If interested and qualified please email your resume and a link to your online reel to bcjobs@zoicstudios.com. Please use a subject line similar to the following: "Joe Smith – Senior CG Generalist for Television – Vancouver", and indicate your upcoming availability and BC residency status in the body of the email.

We thank all applicants in advance, but only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted.
11  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / July 4th, 2011 - Match Move Artist - Gener8 - Vancouver on: July 05, 2011, 08:28:34 PM
Gener8 is Hiring a Match Move Artist! - Yesterday, 05:51 PM
Mathmove Artist
(Intermediate)

Location: Vancouver

Open Positions: 1

About G83D:

G83D is an industry leading developer of stereoscopic 3D solutions and technologies. We have developed advanced proprietary software and patented technologies, resulting in a highly economical and superior quality stereoscopic 3D solution. With endorsements from James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, we believe that converting existing 2D films into 3D versions will give movie lovers an enhanced experience viewing their favourite films.

Summary of the Role:

The Matchmove Artist is responsible for reproducing the geometry, camera movement and object movement of a live action shot in a 3D environment.

General Duties & Responsibilities:
Tracking both camera and objects to match live-action footage in a 3D environment.
Maintaining consistent shot quality.
Working with the Art Lead to define any specific matchmove tools required and identify any additions or modifications to our existing toolset.
Qualifications:
Proven Matchmove experience (2-5 years) in a large feature-film VFX production environment.
Must be proficient in Boujou. Experience with Maya and Silhouette is an asset.
Knowlege of Nuke and tracking in Nuke is an advantage.
Must be able to model and manipulate geometry for scene reconstruction and to aid tracking.
Candidates should demonstrate a good eye for detail and precision with strong problem-solving skill.
Must have a solid understanding of camera moves and filming techniques.
General understanding of Linux/Unix-based operating systems.
Submission Process:

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume , a link to your demo reel to recruiting@gener8.com. Demo reels attached directly to e-mails will not be accepted. Please use a website like Dropbox.
12  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / July 4th, 2011 - Intermediate/Senior Compositors - Gener8 - Vancouver on: July 05, 2011, 08:26:21 PM
Gener8 is Hiring Intermediate/Senior Compositors! - Yesterday, 05:44 PM
Stereo Compositors
(Intermediate/Senior)

Location: Vancouver
Open Positions: 3

About Gener8 3D:
G83D is an industry leading developer of stereoscopic 3D solutions and technologies. We have developed advanced proprietary software and patented technologies, resulting in a highly economical and superior quality stereoscopic 3D solution. With endorsements from James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, we believe that converting existing 2D films into 3D versions will give movie lovers an enhanced experience viewing their favourite films.

General Duties and Responsibilities:
· Strong interest in 3D stereography.
· Overall working knowledge of Nuke compositing techniques in motion picture pipelines.
· Developing time-saving, production-savvy techniques for the selection of difficult elements within 2D footage.
· Delivering stereo shots that are creatively converted under production timelines.
· Mentoring junior compositors.
· Attending daily scrum meetings.
· Working closely with the Stereo Production Manager to complete overall quality control requirements on finished shots.
· Work closely with the Stereo Compositing Art Lead on conversion of 2D plates.
· Troubleshoot production pipeline issues.

Qualifications:
· Education background in Digital Art or Technology.
· Previous production experience with node-based compositing.
· Proven special effects work using Nuke.
· Keen understanding of colour space and its relation to compositing.
· Open-mindedness and the ability to problem solve in a deadline driven environment.
· Able to communicate effectively with other digital artists.

Submission Process:
If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume and a link to your demo reel to recruiting@gener8.com. Demo reels attached directly to e-mails will not be accepted; please use a website like Dropbox
13  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / June 28th, 2011 - Senior level VFX Supervisor/Compositor - Vancouver on: July 05, 2011, 08:23:42 PM
Vancouver based Visual Effects studio seeking Senior level VFX Supervisor/Compositor - June 28th, 2011, 07:50 AM
Leviathan Studios Inc. is offering a permanent full time position to qualified candidates. Qualified candidates must have:

- a substantial industry contact and client base, and a proven track record in attracting and retaining VFX projects from studios in Canada and internationally;
- senior level experience in visual effects production and post-production supervision/management, including:
- on-set supervision for television, features and commercials;
- budgeting for television and feature film projects;
- resource scheduling;
- managing feature films, television and commercial projects;
- negotiation of visual effects contracts;
- supervision of visual effects productions; and
- advanced skills in compositing, including experience working with Nuke.

The successful candidate will have superior communication, creative and technical skills, the ability to work in a team environment, and a proven capacity to bring in projects on time and on budget.


If you meet the above qualifications, please submit your resume and sample reel to jobs@leviathan-studios.com

Please include “Senior VFX Supervisor” in the subject line
14  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / June 23nd, 2011 - Visual Effects TDs - Pixar Canada on: June 24, 2011, 02:42:36 PM
Visual Effects TDs

Summary of Position

Pixar Canada is looking for two Visual Effects TDs for its Vancouver studio for a 6 month contract commencing, August 2011.

In Pixar’s production process, the term “TD” means “Technical Artist”. The Visual Effects TD works with other crew members to create visual effects in an animated film. Visual effects work often includes aspects of modeling, simulation and animation, shading, lighting, rendering, and compositing for the visual effects elements of a shot.

General Duties and Responsibilities

The Visual Effects TD is responsible for creation, revision, maintenance and support of the effects elements in a shot, responding to guidance and review notes from the director as well as creative and technical supervisors. Visual Effects TDs work closely with other departments, especially with Lighting and Rendering, to make sure that the effects integrate properly with other elements. TDs often use reference footage of real world phenomena or film-library reference to guide their development of a particular effect.

Visual effects work typically includes simulation of dynamics and natural phenomena, as well as direct animation of effects elements by hand or using procedural techniques. At Pixar, simulation is done using a variety of tools including proprietary in-house software, Houdini, Maya, etc. The Visual Effects artist must be flexible and adaptable, with a wide range of skills from scripting or programming to a good eye and a good sense of weight and timing.

Background and Qualifications

Must have 3 or more years experience in CG visual effects production for animation, live-action film, or television.
Must have a good working knowledge of Houdini and Shake.
Must be comfortable working in a Linux environment.
Must have a good “eye” and a good understanding of light, color, illumination and shading. Must have a good sense of weight and timing, to judge whether motion appears natural and convincing.
Must have strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail and quality.
Must have good written and verbal communication skills, and be able to communicate clearly and effectively with both technical and non-technical users of the software.
Must be able to work alone and collaboratively, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressure.
Must be open to direction and able to embrace change.
Bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics, physics, or engineering is a plus.

Submission Process

If you are interested in and qualified for this position, please submit your cover letter, resume, and a link that points us directly to your demo reel and reel breakdown/shotlist. Enter your submission on our website www.pixarcanada.com. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL DEMO REELS. If you don’t have a website to showcase your work, you may be able to use a free service like Dropbox.
15  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / June 22nd, 2011 - CG Supervisor - Image Engine on: June 23, 2011, 04:57:12 PM
CG Supervisor opportunity at Image Engine
CG SUPERVISOR

RESPONSIBILITIES
Act as the primary technical leadership on the project
Determines technical approaches needed to achieve desired look and behaviors of the production's assets within agreed on technical pipeline
Identifies, defines, prioritizes and oversees the implementation of tools that automate production tasks
Assist the team in debugging problematic shots and assist in optimizing shots for efficiency
Deliver final shots that are creatively and technically excellent
Be actively involved in mentoring juniors throughout productions
Builds consensus among technology, creative and production management to create efficiencies
Serves as key technical expert on productions
Other duties and responsibilities consistent with your position as may be assigned to you from time to time
REQUIREMENTS
5 years of professional production experience in feature film or television work
Experience working with high-end CG creatures preferred
A strong combined technical and creative background
Is a proven leader in setting direction for a production and for inspiring and motivating production staff
Must have a positive, team approach and be able to work well with a wide range of personality types
Extensive knowledge of computer animation packages - Maya, 3Delight and Nuke preferred but not required
Experience with programming/scripting languages (such as python, C++, etc.) is a plus
DETAILS
· Company: Image Engine
· Location: Vancouver, BC
· Start date: September 12, 2011
· End date: October 26, 2012
· Project: Universal creature film
· Contract: Full-time, Temporary

COMPANY PROFILE: Image Engine was the lead effects house on District 9 and responsible for creating extensive visual effects sequences. We're a growing, award winning visual effects studio located in Vancouver, Canada, consistently rated as one of the most desirable and livable cities in the world, with incredible natural beauty, modern city convenience, and great skiing/snowboarding just 30 minutes away.

To apply for this position, please visit http://www.image-engine.com/ or contact Jimmy Ockey via email at jobs@image-engine.com with any questions.

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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