Senior FX Artist, 3D

Job Locations CA-BC-Vancouver
Posted Date 1 month ago(8/20/2021 4:54 PM)
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WildBrain is looking for an experienced Senior FX Artist to join our exciting new animated Sonic the Hedgehog series, Sonic Prime, set to premiere worldwide in 2022.


In this role, you have exceptional skills and experience in surfacing and texturing in Substance. You create characters, props and set models that accurately represent the artistic goals and story concepts of the production. You test tools created by the pipeline team for modeling and provide feedback.


This 24-episode animated adventure for kids, families, and long-time fans draws upon the keystones of the brand and features the “Blue Blur” of video game fame in a high-octane adventure where the fate of a strange new multiverse rests in his gloved hands. Sonic’s adventure is about more than a race to save the universe, it’s a journey of self-discovery and redemption.


This feature quality episodic series will deliver the visually captivating, binge-worthy story that Sonic fans new and old are sure to love. We are on the hunt to find passionate and talented folks to join this team and help us really bring the blue blur to life!



In this role, you will be using Houdini, Arnold, Katana, and Maya to create high-calibre dynamic and riveting visual effects while meeting production deadlines. You provide guidance and mentorship to the FX team and report regularly to the FX Supervisor informing them of any concerns or new developments.


We are currently working virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time our hiring teams are ready to support interviews via video conferencing, and we are enabling artists to work from home until the studio can reopen. We’d love to hear from you! #stayhomestaysafe!


  • In collaboration with the FX supervisor, construct creative solutions for recurring visual effects in the production
  • Create and compose effects elements as assigned by the supervisor/director
  • Create and deliver effects for the series in a timely manner
  • Identify to the FX supervisor problems that could potentially affect timelines and delivery schedules
  • Ensure that all production deadlines are met while maintaining production quality level requirements
  • Participate in FX meetings and adjust/refine effects as indicated by FX supervisor or FX department head
  • Anticipate, communicate, and troubleshoot any creative or technical issues with assistance from key stakeholders
  • Assist with and complete production-related assignments
  • Keep current on effects techniques and technology
  • Ensure the FX supervisor/FX department head’s instructions are carried through
  • Recommend any team training needs to FX supervisor
  • Carry out duties in a professional and positive manner
  • Be a positive and creative force on the team



  • 3+ years of experience in animation or film
  • Proficiency in Houdini is a must
  • At least basic understanding of scripting and code
  • Experience with Shotgun is an asset
  • Ability to take direction, collaborate and be a team player
  • Ability to communicate in a professional and positive manner
  • Ability to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on a team, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressure
  • Openness to direction and ability to embrace change
  • Encouraging attitude towards feedback and new initiatives



  • Knowledge of Bifrost or similar FX package would be a plus
  • Experience using Niagara is a plus
  • Knowledge in Python is an asset



Why WildBrain?


At WildBrain Studios our teams dig into a diverse range of projects – from preschool and comedy to action-adventure, and work with international partners such as Apple, Netflix, LEGO, DreamWorks, BBC, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and more. We produce high quality Flash, Harmony, and Maya animated series. Aside from awesome projects and partners, WildBrain puts our people first, here are just a few of the ways:

  • Great benefits that make employees feel truly valued including a customizable extended health and dental plan
  • Generous RRSP matching
  • Bonus time off



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