DreamWorks Feature - Effects Artist

Posted: 12/18/2019

Location: Glendale, California
Function: Production
Specialty: Art, Creative
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive


An FX Artist designs and creates elements and effects for the look of a film. An FX artist may also develop systems for use across the show or for specific sequences.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Design and create images, elements, and effects (such as fire, smoke, water, destruction, magic, etc).
  • Work with other artists, the FX head, VFX supervisor, and the director to achieve the art directed goals.
  • Efficiently execute systems developed by other FX Artists and propagate/improve them in production shots.
  • Offer solutions to meet production's creative and/or technical requirements.
  • Ability to multitask, understand priorities, and hit deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently on assignments and be proactive to show/department needs.
  • Mentor and assist other artists in effects work and other computer graphics techniques.
  • Stay abreast of current technologies and offer ideas to implement them effectively.
  • Strong communication skills, interact professionally with others, respectful and punctual in meetings.


  • Qualifications/Requirements:

    - 2+ years of production experience involving simulations of natural phenomenon, particle systems, procedural modeling, procedural animation, and other similar effects. Experience in feature-length animation or live-action VFX production pipeline desirable.
    - Solid understanding of software like Houdini, Nuke, or similar 3D packages for use in particle systems, fluid simulation, rigid bodies, procedural geometry and compositing.

    Desired Characteristics:

    - Education in animation/graphics/computer science/VFX (or equivalent) program; traditional artistic training a plus.
    - Must have strong visual and problem-solving skills.
    - A good visual understanding of physical dynamics and natural phenomena along with a strong artistic eye to create compelling natural simulation.
    - Ability to self-critique creative work, address notes, and expand upon the art direction given.
    - Work collaboratively and professionally in a high-end software and production environment.
    Experience scripting and/or programming a plus.

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