Head of Production Tech

The candidate should have a broad base of knowledge of both systems administration and the visual effects production pipeline, along with experience of managing a department and budgets. The key focus of the role will be to support, develop and extend the existing pipeline while providing guidance to the hardware team. You will have a deep understanding how artists interface with their software, and how data flows through the production process.

Software/Tech:

  • Maya & Nuke API
  • Shotgun Toolkit
  • Python / tcsh / bash
  • Git / Perforce
  • Deadline
  • Linux / OSX / Windows
  • OCIO
  • GPFS
  • Redis
  • RV
  • DNS / DHCP / LDAP
  • VLAN/VPN
  • Layer 2/3 switches
  • Firewall configuration/Systems security
  • SQL

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Discussing pipeline requirements with other HODs and artists.
  • Developing new pipeline tools for both 2D and 3D.
  • Examining the existing pipeline and improve/re-develop where needed.
  • Maintaining existing pipeline tools.
  • Providing guidance to the hardware team.
  • Managing production tech budget and expenditure.
  • Ensuring security compliance with vendor requirements/recommendations.
  • Installation, support & maintenance of workstations, servers and file storage.
  • Ensuring infrastructure runs smoothly and reliably.
  • Planning for expansion and future technical requirements.

Key attributes:

  • 5 years experience in R&D within the VFX industry.
  • Excellent at solving problems, diligent and resourceful.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Good time management skills.
  • Experience leading a small team.
  • Knowledge of C++ is not required, but would be an advantage.
  • Experienced at configuring and managing Linux, Windows and OSX workstations/servers.
  • Able to work well and communicate effectively with others in a team

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Please send your CV to recruitment@nvizage.com specifying “Head of Production Tech” within the subject line.

Previs Animator

Nvizage is currently seeking freelance UK based Previs Animators to join our Previsualization team for film productions.

Previs animators work with the Previs supervisor and VFX supervisor  to design and create shots for action sequences. We are looking for talented animators, capable of working in a rapid environment with proven track records in the film production industry. Skills in layout, timing and great cinematography are essential, as well as excellent communication skills.

Job Description:

•  Mid to Senior Level
•  Must be happy to work at one of the major UK film studios. Work may be based in Soho (London) or at the UK studios - all based within the M25
•  Motions studies of keys assets, animation cycles, body mechanics, performance with a realistic style, keyframe posing - all finished to a high level
•  Scene layout with asset environments, position and timing of assets and camera layout
•  Referencing and importing assets in to Maya
•  Animating character rigs, camera rigs, and basic fx animation.

Skills:

•  Comprehensive knowledge of animation in Maya
•  Ability to clean up & accentuate mocap animation
•  Knowledge of animation layering
•  Excellent cinematic skills – colour, composition, framing, depth of field, motion blur and timings
•  Understanding of physical limits in real-world cinematography
•  Ability to visualise shots and understand screen direction
•  Experience of virtual camera systems
•  Knowledge of geometry caching
•  Basic particle animation skills useful
•  Understanding of basic lighting

Please send your CV to recruitment@nvizage.com specifying 'Previs Animator' within the subject line.

On-line showreels and links to websites are welcome.  Please also include a shot breakdown showing specifically what your role entailed per shot/sequence.

Previs Supervisor

Nvizage is seeking experienced previs supervisors who have a proven track record working on tent-pole film productions. A Previs Supervisor  has overall responsibility for the management of the previs team and is the direct point of contact with Directors, VFX supervisors, Production Designers and other HODs on film productions. Nvizage have an extensive history of working on some of the world's largest film productions and quality projects; this is an exciting role with rewarding opportunities. The Previs Supervisor will be working with a team of highly skilled and creative individuals who enjoy their craft and are proud of their work.

Key responsibilities include interpreting the clients’ briefs and delegating the creative tasks to the previs team members to implement the director’s vision.  The role entails managing the pace of the previs team work rate to ensure delivery of cinematic action sequences quickly and efficiently, whilst exercising quality control and meeting designated deadlines.

Successful candidates will be excellent communicators with expert layout, animation and digital cinematography skills and possess a thorough understanding of the filmmaking process, to create original and entertaining content.


Job Description:

• Liaising with HODs including Directors, Production Designers, Art Directors,  Cinematographers and VFX supervisors.
• Daily management of the previs team, including asset builders, previs animators, previs editor.
• Previs pipeline setup, configured to client specifications
• Management and implementation of proprietary tools
• Task delegation for the whole previs team
• Manage an assembly edit of all previs sequences in progress and QC the work
• Manage and direct the technical, artistic, and production personnel
• Collaborate on the bidding and negotiation processes
• Run daily reviews with previs artists, to critique work and manage sequence continuity
• Interactive sessions with the VFX supervisor or Director to block out staging and camera angles.
• Present work in progress to the production as requested
• Manage the  delivery of previs 3D scene files for post–production VFX vendors.
• Techviz management – technical drawings and the creation of diagrammatic animations


Requirements:

• 5+ years production experience.  Feature film experience is preferred.
• Applicants must be EU based.
• Prior experience as previs animator or shot creator essential.
• Expert knowledge of Autodesk Maya.
• Expert digital cinematic skills, including: shot creation, layout, directing realistic camera motion, colour, composition, depth of field, motion blur, screen direction and storytelling.
• Good knowledge of real-world film cameras, lenses and camera rigs.
• Core Editing skills with Premiere/Avid/Final Cut Pro.
• A strong creative eye, for quality control of all aspects of previs production.
• Good understanding of motion capture techniques including the use of virtual camera systems.
• Full understanding of Techviz requirements, camera statistics and shot setups.
• Understanding of virtual production techniques and virtual cinematography.
• Onset previs experience, including knowledge of encoded camera rigs, motion capture, simul-cam techniques for tracking cameras and providing augmented reality/live digital set extensions/previs animations.
• Excellent communication skills, the ability to work under pressure and react to the fluctuating demands of film productions in a fast paced environment.
• Team leadership qualities.
• Adaptable and flexible and accepting of changes.


Skills:

• Autodesk Maya
• Autodesk Motion Builder
• Photoshop
• Adobe After Effects
• Adobe Premiere
• Avid Media Composer
• Final Cut Pro


Please send your CV to recruitment@nvizage.com specifying Previs Supervisor within the subject line.

On-line showreels and links to websites are welcome.  Please also include a shot breakdown showing specifically what your role entailed per shot/sequence.

On-Set Visualisation Operator

Nvizage is looking for someone who has experience in working on a professional film set, and a working knowledge of VFX software for an exciting new opportunity.

This would be primarily working with Motion Builder at a basic level, so a knowledge of Maya or even Nuke's 3D tools would be transferrable.

Experience working on a film set and interfacing with other crew members is essential.


Job Description:

•  Experience working on a professional film set
•  Happy to work at one of the major UK film studios around the London area
•  Working knowledge of 3D interfaces (MotionBuilder a plus)


Please send your CV to recruitment@nvizage.com specifying 'On-Set Visualisation Operator' within the subject line.

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