Senior FX Technical Director

 •  Lucas Film San Francisco, CA

5 - 7 years experience  •  Arts & Entertainment

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/20/17
San Francisco, CA
5 - 7 years experience
Arts & Entertainment
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/20/17

Senior FX Technical Directors are responsible for autonomously generating complex simulations, particle FX, lighting, rendering and moderate-level compositing of very complex shots, needing only initial direction and guidance from their supervisors.

  • Can design and create complicated 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
  • Can develop small scale, show specific tools for non-FX TDs and other FX TDs
  • Excellent pipeline scripting ability
  • Solid compositing ability
  • Can write plug-ins, set-up sequences and debug simulations
  • Can write/hack procedural, volumetric shaders and surface shaders with proficiency
  • Can animate moderate objects with proficiency
  • Excellent knowledge of 3D Studio Max, Maya, Houdini, Renderman, Arnold and Mental Ray, and the ability to quickly learn proprietary tools (including Zeno)
  • Can learn or develop new techniques quickly, and debug complicated problems
  • Set a standard for all Technical Directors by continually improving the speed, quality of our work and adaptability



Requirements Education / Experience:

  • 5+ years production experience or feature film experience with effects simulation work
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering or computer graphics
  • 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
  • Experience in MEL


Technical Skills:

  • Advanced simulation experience with either Houdini, Maya, XSI, 3DS Max or other software, and the ability to write expressions
  • C++ skills
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