Senior Crowd Artist
Animal Logic
Sydney
2d ago

What you'll get to do

  • Setup crowd assets and HDAs within the existing Houdini pipeline, and test new procedures and workflows
  • Create a range of efficient crowd agents (bipeds / quadrupeds and vehicles) for efficient simulation
  • Work with Animation teams to identify and breakdown behaviours into cycles for artists to use
  • Work closely with FX Department Supervisor and Crowd Lead to implement efficient and effective ways to fill the sets and shots with life
  • Give feedback to the department TD’s to continue the development of tools and workflows associated with crowd simulation
  • Build templates that are highly geared towards automation
  • If required, work with the fellow artists on the show that have been assigned shot implementation, to make sure the scene files are being used efficiently
  • Evaluate any issues that may arise in the setup of crowd, and devise efficient solutions
  • Be willing to assist / mentor junior team members with any technical / artistic challenges they may have
  • What you bring :

  • 5+ years’ Houdini experience on feature films, TV and / or animated feature, with a focus in Houdini Crowds
  • Past experience, demonstrated via reel, of feature animation crowd or effects simulation
  • Strong understanding of Houdini crowd agent design & setup
  • Production experience using Houdini : SOPs / DOPs essential
  • Production experience using Houdini : Vex and Python knowledge desirable
  • Experience building Houdini digital assets
  • Solid understanding of motion and principles of rigging and animation
  • Good understanding of crowd shading and rendering procedurals
  • Attention to design and artistic detail
  • Ability to work solo, as well as collaboratively, within a team environment, and when necessary to pass knowledge to other staff members
  • Excellence in problem solving and balancing quick turnaround with long term quality and ability to meet deadlines with high quality output
  • Strong written and verbal English language skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to efficiently organise and prioritise work across multiple areas, and work under pressure
  • Ability to take direction and feedback and apply this to assets or shots moving forward; anticipating the supervisors and leads preference
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