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Digital Domain

Los Angeles, California - United States
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FX Artist

Description

Purpose of the job:
         
The FX Artist works closely with the FX lead and FX TDs to create high quality effects including rigid body and particle dynamics, volume modeling and rendering, procedural geometry generation and fluid dynamics.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:
  • Design and animate high quality, photo-real effects (fire, smoke, explosions, debris, clouds, etc) that meet all technical and aesthetic standards for the project
  • Work within the show structure and production deadlines to complete all tasks
  • Work closely with Lighting Artist and Compositors to ensure all effects will work smoothly within the show pipeline
  • Produce look tests based on provided reference materials
  • Take direction from FX Leads and FX TDs as well as provide guidance and mentorship to other FX Artists 

Qualifications:
Education, Experience, and Skills Required:
  • 3+ years experience as an FX Artist creating photo-real effects elements for feature films and commercials
  • Degree in Animation, Arts, Fine Arts or equivalent production experience  
  • Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or Mathematics a plus
  • Expert knowledge of any/all of the following: rigid body and particle dynamics, volume modeling and rendering, procedural geometry generation and fluid dynamics
  • Strong understanding of physical dynamics and natural phenomena  
  • Production experience working in Houdini and/or Maya is required
  • Experience with one or more other professional software packages such as 3D Studio Max or Real Flow is a plus  
  • Requires strong technical and communication skills within a show structure
  • Firm understanding of effects production pipelines  
  • Python scripting is a plus  

Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands:  
  • Office working environment
  • Hours for this position are based on normal working hours but will require extra hours pending production needs  
  • Walking/bending/sitting