Houdini FX TD - Senior - TV (LDN)

The Integrated Advertising division in London are looking for a senior level Houdini FX Technical Director. The department has work across high-end television, VR, Rides, Commercials and more. 

FX Technical Directors create CG renditions of naturalistic physical or magical phenomena such as fire, water, clouds, smoke, physical destruction and particulate.

Responsibilities:

  • Creating particle, rigid-body, fluid, cloth, fur and/or hair simulations or animations
  • Applying lighting and shaders to produce the final rendered image or passing the simulation on to a Lighting Technical Director
  • Using a variety of commercial and proprietary FX tools including Houdini & Maya
  • Working in partnership with other departments to ensure that shots are delivered to the highest possible standard
  • Working within the team to determine the various design solutions needed to create the effects
  • Designing and creating images, elements, effects, pipelines, tools and techniques
  • Helping to design solutions involving a more procedural approach in order to create the effects required
  • Producing reviewable composites of all FX elements for a shot. Sometimes FX TDs will be expected to produce final renders too

Essential Skills:

  • An excellent knowledge of Houdini
  • A thorough understanding of the techniques and technologies relating to FX simulation and procedural animation
  • Previous experience producing effects such as smoke, fire, clouds, water, steam and explosions in addition to simulation techniques for rigid-bodies, cloth and hair
  • A good understanding of animation and an eye for motion
  • A working knowledge of Mantra or HtoA
  • A good understanding of the entire visual effects process
  • A familiarity with pipeline issues, especially working between multiple packages
  • A working knowledge of at least one compositing application (preferably Nuke) and a solid understanding of the compositing process
  • Strong Vex, hscript, python and/or Mel scripting skills

Desirable Skills:

  • Knowledge in other simulation packages
  • Knowledge of the Houdini HDK
  • Experience with other render packages
  • Experience working on long-form or commercials projects

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