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  • Senior Effects TD, Rising Sun Pictures, Australia

    Rising Sun Pictures is currently seeking an experienced Senior Effects TD to join our growing team.

    Employment periods: This is a long term position, with a September/October 2017 start.
    Location: Adelaide, Australia. These positions are open to Australian and international applicants. Visa and relocation assistance provided where applicable.

    Position Overview
    Reporting directly to the Head of Effects, you will be responsible for creating wide ranging natural phenomena for a variety of live action feature films. Applicants presenting highly realistic effects work in their portfolio, will be reviewed with priority. RSP is a Houdini based effects facility operating in a Linux system environment. As a Senior, all candidates must have extensive experience with Houdini and be comfortable working in Linux and using command line tools.

    You are a professional artist who works collaboratively with your team and those working in other departments. You are an excellent time manager and forward thinker who delivers to schedule and to brief. Using Houdini, you have previously been responsible for creating wide ranging naturalistic effects simulation including destruction, water, and fire.

    Your ability to own your delivery is highly regarded by your previous supervisors. As a professional effects artist and effects technical director, you provide confidence to the production team because you maintain absolute clarity in what is expected of you. You are the artist who seeks to understand and subsequently nail the brief.

    • Create and deliver effects; including effects simulation, and effects look development, that match the creative and technical brief.
    • Tightly adhere to production schedule and deliver to key milestones, presenting your work-in-progress daily.
    • Work with animation, lighting & compositing as necessary in order to meet FX animation objectives.
    • Adapt your effects as the brief evolves.
    • Diagnose and resolve issues with your own Houdini and Python scripts.
    • Review and QA your work for internal and external delivery ensuring it hits creative and technical notes.
    • Assemble and / or modify complex shaders.
    • Step into a lead position and lead other effects artists and/or sequences as required.
    • Create consistent caches & shaders of effects simulations for the lighting department.
    • Create consistent lighting and effects render passes for compositing.
    • Create effects composites in order to demonstrate the effect relative to the plate.
    • Work in a manner that allows other effects team members to pick up your work if necessary.
    • Contribute to creative and technical conversations, with a view to raising the quality level of the final image.
    • Actively mentor and develop less experienced team members.
    • Manage your workload. Advise the head of department of any obstacles which may affect delivery quality, timeliness or budget.
    • Promote a collaborative and enjoyable workplace influencing morale, fostering purposeful discussions and a positive work ethic.

    Required Skills and Experience
    • Minimum 5 years professional experience creating high-end effects for live-action feature films.
    • Expert user of Houdini, and Arnold. RSP operates in a Linux system environment.
    • Complex shading and render experience using Houdiniís Mantra.
    • Utilitarian knowledge of other discipline software such as Nuke and industry standard tracking software.
    • Strong scripting experience using Python.
    • Experience leading a team of effects artists for a sequence/show a plus.
    • Ability to create look development for effects from start to finish, that can be executed across many shots.
    • Real world understanding of physics, math, proportion, depth and colour.
    • Understanding of naturalistic light and motion with a focus on dynamics and natural phenomenon.
    • Superior level of attention to detail and strong eye for aesthetic composition.
    • Expert organisational skills.
    • Act as an example to others for professionalism and morale.
    • Maintain a calm and professional demeanour in a delivery focused work environment.
    • Technical and creative problem solving with a can-do mindset.
    • Visual Effects, Fine Art, Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics or related tertiary qualification may be required for international applicants.

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