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The Senior FX TD is responsible for creating photorealistic “FX,” (usually some natural phenomena such as fire, water, explosions, etc), using Maya and/or Houdini and any proprietary Method technology or third-party technology.  He or she should have an advanced understanding of how to manage large data sets and complex renders.  This person should also be comfortable managing teams of junior artists, (including scheduling artists, interviewing artists and mentoring artists).  He or she should also be familiar with the latest techniques and technologies, and have a deep understanding of one or more specialties.  He or she should be expert in one or more FX packages, as well as being able to develop entire tools or production pipelines, as required by the project.  The Senior FX TD is also required to develop a deep understanding of the Method pipeline, work within it, and ensure that his/her junior artists are doing the same.  

  • Managing junior artists, including scheduling where necessary
  • Managing software and tools developement 
  • Critiquing artists' work
  • Using tools and software developed in-house, proprietary tools, or off-the-shelf software, render photo-realistic FX for film
  • Must be adept at balancing the creation of final renders for shots with building/maintaining systems for creating shots
  • Must work within the Method pipeline and publish tools and scripts as prescribed
  • Must manage his or her disc space to fit within quota
  • Must create systems that minimize render times
  • Must follow the creative direction of the production communicated by his/her supervisors 
  • Will need to balance creative requests with the resources available
  • Ability to work in a team environment under tight deadlines
  • Minimum 4 year experience as a TD