Position at Industrial Light & Magic
Lucasfilm Ltd. Job Description
The FX TD generates FX animation, procedural simulation, dynamic simulation, particle and fluid systems for feature film visual effects. They are r esponsible for lighting, rendering and moderate-level compositing of complex shots with guidance from their supervisors.
Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Designs and creates FX animation, procedural simulation, dynamic simulation, particle and fluid systems
Light complex/multiple creatures (hairy or furry creatures) and elements
Can set-up and wrangle heavy particle effects and enormous crowd shots
Excellent pipeline scripting ability
Solid compositing ability, can wrangle blue-screen extractions, working knowledge of Nuke
Can write plug-ins, debug simulations and write set up and surface shaders with proficiency
Can write/hack procedural surface shaders and volumetric shaders with proficiency
Can animate moderate objects with proficiency
Can pick-up new techniques quickly and easily and can debug just about anything
Sets a standard for all Technical Directors in continually raising the bar for speed, quality of work and adaptability
Create feature film quality effects using Houdini
Coaching and mentoring artists in new techniques and efficiencies
Key Peers or Relationships
Generalist Department, Production Manager , Compositing Department
Education / Experience :
Proven production experience or feature film experience with effects simulation work
Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering or computer graphics or equivalent work experience
Demo reel required
Required Skills / Competencies :
Ability to work with competency, energy and enthusiasm within a team environment with minimal supervision to complete a shot.
Exhibits excellent listening and communication skills, able to receive direction and criticism
Excellent presentation/communication skills in dailies/shot review by clearly and briefly outlining what has been accomplished and what next should be addressed in the shot
Engages in the creative process without ego, and accepts all final decisions with a positive and supportive attitude.
Demonstrates an excellent aesthetic eye, anticipating potential problems and using knowledge of how to use the tools to achieve the desired look.
Demonstrates superb problem-solving skills and takes the initiative to offer ideas and suggestions.
Prioritizes tasks and manages time very well
Preferred Skills / Competencies:
Linux and scripting ability in Python
E xperience in MEL
Advanced simulation experience with either Houdini, Maya, XSI, 3DS Max or other software, and the ability to write expressions