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Character Finalling Lead - Super Pets | Animal Logic, Vancouver

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  • Character Finalling Lead - Super Pets | Animal Logic, Vancouver

    Are you a Character Finalling Lead interested in working with us in our Vancouver studio?! The Character Finalling Lead will motivate and lead of team of Character Finalling Artists, working closely with a variety of departments including; R&D, Modelling, Rigging, Animation, and Character FX to develop, implement character shot based clean-up and deformation effect post Animation.

    What you’ll get to do:
    • Understand the overall brief and goals of a project and communicates this clearly to each member of the team
    • Lead a team under the creative direction from the Animation Supervisor and production team; mentor less experienced digital artists
    • Prioritize and break down a project into organized parts; delegate work responsibly to ensure successful completion of shots across team members of all skill levels
    • Manage shot based deformation enhancements post Animation. This includes:
      • Deformation clean-up due to rigs pushed beyond capability
      • Adding deformation effects simulating interaction
      • Working with Animators and Riggers on how to best handle key deformation requirements
    • Drive team reviews and offer creative/technical feedback on reviewed shots
    • Support open communication between departments
    • Ensure conflict is identified early and work with Artist Management to put constructive solutions in place to resolve/diffuse
    • Communicate production information to both the artists group and Production Management
    • Document new techniques and distribute updates
    • Participate in brainstorming and problem solving to create and maintain production pipeline(s) and support AL’s overall technical goals as required
    • Work with the Animation Supervisor, Leads, and the production team to prepare bids and pitches as required
    • Participate in the recruiting and interview process for new employees as required
    • Assist Production Management in preparation of final show reports as required
    What you bring:
    • 7+ years’ experience in feature animation, VFX, and/or animated television with a focus in Character Finalling
    • Proven leadership experience within feature animation or VFX, extensive Senior Artist experience may be considered
    • Proficiency demonstrated through past project work and/or reel/portfolio
    • Strong and production proven knowledge of Character Finalling in either Maya, XSI, Houdini, or other relevant software
    • Expert knowledge of human/animal anatomy and form
    • Solid knowledge in pipeline, process, tools and techniques with a high level understanding of industry standards, conventions, formats and common practice
    • Proven ability to create and deliver high-level shot based deformation correction in a timely manner
    • Proven solid technical and visual skills, excellent attention to detail
    • Strong communication skills and the ability to efficiently organise and prioritise work across multiple areas
    • Ability to work well with others in a team environment and to pass knowledge to other staff members
    • Excellence in problem solving and balancing quick turnaround with long term quality
    • Ability to effectively work and communicate with all personality types
    • Ability to take direction and feedback and apply this to assets or shots
    • Ability to inspire, mentor, and motivate the team
    • Ability to coach and guide your team, working together to pass on knowledge and disseminate information
    The following would be considered a bonus:

    • Experience with sculpting package (i.e. Z-brush) helpful but not mandatory
    • Knowledge of both mechanical and organic type rigs in a production environment is a bonus
    • Software development experience using Python, and relevant application API is a plus
    If you are interested in applying for this role, please fill out our online application form via our website

    Animal Logic is currently in production on Peter Rabbit 2 and Super Pets. Recent productions include Captain Marvel, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Peter Rabbit, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant. Other film credits include: The LEGO Movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Great Gatsby, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, 300, Happy Feet and The Matrix.

    If you want to create GREAT WORK with GREAT PEOPLE then come and join us at Animal Logic, Vancouver.