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DreamWorks TV - Effects Artist

NBCUniversal, LLC, Glendale, California

Create the extraordinary.

Level: Manager (Supervisor)


DreamWorks Animation is looking for more adventurous dreamers who shoot for the moon. We tell stories about the journeys our unconventional heroes take to make dreams come true. As a growth-minded studio, we pride ourselves on being one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, award-winning, animated films and series, reaching consumers around the globe. We push to feel more, laugh more, and build immersive new worlds.

DreamWorks creates a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats, delivering compelling stories with unique characters. We place tremendous value on the experiences our talent brings to the table from their own non-traditional paths to success. We believe in frequent communication and that transparency and trust yield the best work. We are a community of artists, technologists, innovators, and creators, who are passionate about animation and also happen to love eating lunch together.

An FX Artist crafts and builds 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.

If you are part of the fandom and believe teamwork makes the dream work, join us in #livingthedream and #doingyourdreamwork!

“What would you say you do here?”
  • Design and build 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 implement 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.
  • Keep abreast of current technologies and offer ideas to implement them effectively.
  • Strong communication skills, interact professionally with others, respectful and punctual in meetings.


“What do I need to have in order to do this job?”
• 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.
• Must be able to provide a reel/portfolio of work examples -- if available, include a web address when you submit your resume

“What can I offer?”
• 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.

From the award-winning storytellers, artist and innovators at DreamWorks Animation and DreamWorks Animation Television come the beloved characters and stories that come alive on the big and small screens. From films like Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls to original TV series including Trollhunters, Voltron and Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, DreamWorks Animation continues to bring home the laughter, fun and courage to dream.

Visit www.dreamworksanimation.com to see our latest animated film and television productions.

DreamWorks is a division of NBCUniversal. At NBCUniversal, we believe in the talent of our people. It’s our passion and commitment to excellence that drives NBCU’s vast portfolio of brands to succeed. From broadcast and cable networks, news and sports platforms, to film, world-renowned theme parks and a diverse suite of digital properties, we take pride in all that we do and all that we represent. It’s what makes us uniquely NBCU. Here you can create the extraordinary. Join us.

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NBCUniversal is an equal opportunity employer and will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws.

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NBCUniversal owns and operates over 20 different businesses across 30 countries including a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a premium ad-supported streaming service.

Here you can be your authentic self. As a company uniquely positioned to educate, entertain and empower through our platforms, Comcast NBCUniversal stands for including everyone. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive culture where our employees feel supported, embraced and heard. We believe that our workforce should represent the communities we live in, so that together, we can continue to create and deliver content that reflects the current and ever-changing face of the world. Learn more about Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment and how we are making an impact.

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