Lead FX Artist

Giant are seeking a Lead FX Artist for an iconic animation series.

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Position Overview

This is a full-time position. Ideally, artists will be based in Ireland. However, the role is open to international applicants, but applicants must be able to work remotely within a +-2 hour time difference from the Irish timezone to allow for daily interaction with the creative and production teams.

Starting date: July 2023

Position Responsibilities

  • Work with Art Director, CG Supervisors, and Senior FX artist to develop unique and imaginative concepts to help the production’s FX and look development run as smoothly as possible.
  • Creating robust FX visual standards and libraries, and establishing ideal methodologies, documenting processes, and pipelines for our FX team by working closely with Art Director, Lighting and Comp Supervisors and CG Supervisors. This also involves the ability to create custom setups and templates for the library as well as work off of pre-built existing workflows.
  • Managing the FX team and providing regular, insightful feedback for the work/task they are performing.
  • Driving FX dailies, reviewing individual shots as well as sequence (shots in continuity) from the team members and sending them for final approval to the Art Director, CG Supervisors and Lighting and Compositing Supervisor as required.
  • Actively partake in team/departmental meetings and plan daily and weekly targets with production management.
  • Demonstrate and produce a variety of hand-drawn FX as per the shot or sequence’s need in a team-based setting.
  • Generate a wide range of stylized (graphic) FX (hand drawn, particle simulations, presets, or otherwise) as per the project’s aesthetics, contributing to scenes including; water, wind, smoke/poofs, steam, splash, dust, lightning/glowing or sparkles, bubbles, fire, storms, shadows, blurring, explosions, etc.
  • Manipulate and use stock 2D FX elements or 2D FX plug-ins and simulate 3D FX if suitable to a shot/sequence.
  • Light and shade FX / Scenes as needed to integrate into pre-comps or final comps. 
  • Optimize, improve, and adjust FX scenes and relevant geometry to meet the project’s creative criteria.
  • Uphold and provide a thorough understanding of cutting-edge FX animation techniques.
  • Work within the show structure and production deadlines to complete all tasks and meet client notes. 
  • Reiterate the significance of dependencies, and deadlines and inform the Line Producer, Production Manager, Art Director, CG Supervisor, Lighting and Compositing Supervisor, and Production Coordinators of any emerging issues that may have an impact on the schedule.

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in CG/Animation as a Lead or Supervisor.
  • Excellent knowledge of 2D & 3D CG-based FX workflows.
  • Have a strong creative style and a deep understanding of light, colour, shading, and FX design.
  • Solid understanding of Animation, Lighting and Compositing Pipeline Steps. 
  • Good eye for composition, grading, and motion.
  • A team player with excellent communication skills, dependable and adaptable.
  • Good at taking directions and paying close attention to details. 
  • Experience with Shotgun/ShotGrid, Adobe Animate, After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Nuke, Maya and Redshift is a must.
  • Familiarity with open body ocean, CFD (fluid dynamic) systems and splashes, rigid body dynamics and destruction, pyro explosions, smoke, and fire, cloth simulations, particle systems, and procedural effects is nice to have.

How To Apply

If you would like to be considered for the Lead FX Artist position, please apply through our Workable platform by clicking the link below:

We will endeavour to respond to all applicants, but due to the high volume of applications we receive a reply might not always be possible.

Thank you for your interest in Giant Animation!

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