Environment TDs

Environment Technical Directors are responsible for creating photo-real digital environments for high end visual effects shots.

Responsibilities:
  • Assembling models, digital matte paintings, textures, projections and lights into a CG scene for rendering
  • Creating models, textures and photo-realistic digital matte paintings or collaborating with specialists in those disciplines as required
  • Troubleshooting technical issues with the CG scene and optimising the renders to work within the resources available
  • Working with a shot Compositor to assemble renders and projections in a compositing application
  • Working to develop the look of a shot, assets or sequence with the Visual Effects and CG Supervisors
  • Lighting and scene assembly for other shots or assets as required, including characters and animation
  • Identifying the best approach for matching the quality of the plate photography
  • Communicating with production on a regular basis in regards to schedules and deadlines
  • Working in partnership with other departments to ensure that shots are delivered to the highest possible standard

Essential Skills:
  • Previous experience working in a film VFX pipeline
  • Strong knowledge of Maya, Nuke and Photoshop
  • Modeling, UV layout and texturing skills
  • Previous experience with 2.5 D workflow
  • A strong understanding of the entire VFX process
  • Good communication and organisational skills
  • Creative problem solving abilities
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Able to take direction well and work as part of a team
  • Able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines while maintaining high quality results

Desirable Skills:
  • Experience with a wide range of specialist software used to create digital environments
  • Experience with volumetric rendering for clouds and atmosphere
  • A traditional arts background with an emphasis on photo-realism and environments
  • Artistic skills in digital matte painting
  • Previous experience working on a computer with the Linux operating system
  • An understanding of cutting edge technology in the field such as stereo photogrammetry and photo based 3D reconstruction
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