Lead FX Artist (Maya), CG

Job Locations CA-BC-Vancouver
Posted Date 1 month ago(12/17/2021 1:36 PM)
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WildBrain Studios is looking for an Lead FX Artist to join our team!


In this role, you oversee the daily activities of the FX team to create high-caliber dynamic and riveting FX for our 3D episodic animated series. You will work closely with the Directors to achieve the look of the show. The ideal candidate is an experienced artist with a creative eye and the ability to guide and support their team. 


Find a job that let’s your imagination run wild!

WildBrain Studios produces fan-favorite animation and award-winning content that kids and families love in every corner of the globe. We love what we do and it shows in the quality content we produce! Our custom-built Vancouver studio in beautiful British Columbia is a wonderful backdrop for our artists, but it doesn’t end there, we have employees working remotely across BC, Canada, and the world!  Our artist-centric culture means we invest in our people, we provide training and growth opportunities, a healthy work-life balance, and fun activities throughout the year to meet, mingle and get creative with your team. If you like what you are reading so far, well buckle up, we’re just getting started.



What You'll Do:


  • Create and deliver FX for the series and each episode within scheduled timelines 
  • Ensure that all production deadlines are met while producing work at a quality level in keeping with production requirements 
  • Identify obstacles that could potentially affect the timelines and delivery schedules 
  • Research and develop efficient techniques to create unique FX, animator FX rigs, and proxy FX rigs for previs 
  • Work with FX team to ensure work gets communicated and executed in a timely manner 
  • Collaborate with Compositing and Lighting Supervisors to ensure efficiency between departments 
  • Construct creative solutions for recurring FX in the production to be implemented in animation 
  • Participate in FX meetings and adjust/refine FX as required 
  • Anticipate, communicate, and troubleshoot any creative or technical issues with assistance from key stakeholders 
  • Oversee the daily activities and capabilities of the FX team including all task assignments 
  • Partner with Production Management to guide artists’ overall professional development, providing performance feedback, mentoring, assist with resolving performance issues and maintaining positive morale amongst the crew 
  • Foster a healthy and creative work environment 
  • Create and maintain documentation for all FX assets 
  • Accurately estimate time and resource needs to ensure project deadlines are met 



What You’ll Bring:

  • 4+ years of experience in animation or film industry 
  • 1+ years of experience as a Senior FX Artist 
  • Proficiency in Maya’s particle and fluid systems is a must 
  • Proficiency in Nuke is a must 
  • Ability to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas 
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently 
  • Ability to work alone and collaboratively, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressure 
  • Encouraging attitude towards feedback and new initiatives 


Nice to Have:

  • Knowledge in Python is an asset 
  • Proficiency in Phoenix FD for Maya or Bifrost is a plus 


Why WildBrain?

We make sure to take care of all our hard-working Wild Brains by offering a comprehensive benefits package and a workplace culture that values our employees’ wellbeing.  Our staff enjoy RRSP matching, multi-tiered benefits so you can pick the coverage that’s best for you, free mental health resources, and additional perks like half-days in the summer, extra holidays in the winter and regular events to connect our teams virtually, and in-person.


In short – life is good on the Wild side!


Visit wildbrain.com/studios to learn more!


COVID-19 Update:

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!



" WildBrain Studio provides an atmosphere free from barriers to promote inclusion, equity and diversity. We demonstrate our commitment to this by providing a supportive work environment and a culture that welcomes and encourages equal opportunities for all employees. WildBrain Studio also accommodates people with disabilities throughout the selection process. Should you require accommodation, please let us know your requirements when contacted.”



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