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FX Trainee

Apply Now Apply Later Current 21CF Employees and Freelance / Contractors Apply Here Job ID R10010436 Location Greenwich, Connecticut, United States Business Blue Sky Studios Date posted Feb. 11, 2020


The Effects Department designs, develops and implements visual effects in a film (examples include: oceans, splashes, dust, snow, explosions, fire, rain, waterfalls, etc). An FX Artist is someone who has a great eye for composition, color, timing, as well as a solid problem solver with a reasonable understanding of math and physics. Often there are many unique effects that require one-off techniques. FX trainees should be recent graduates of either a BA or MFA in Computer Arts with FX emphasis, or a BS or MS in Computer Science with FX emphasis and a strong art background. Solid knowledge of Houdini software and Maya with some proficiency in Python, C++ and Object Oriented Programming is preferred.  Experience with Renderman is a plus.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement visual effects under the direction of a mentor.

  • Creation of unique physically based simulations that demonstrate an understanding of motion, weight, lighting, texture and form.

  • Produce tests based on provided artistic reference material that shows your working knowledge on a variety of complex elements.


Education, Skills, Abilities:

  • BS or MS in Animation, Fine Arts, Computer Science, Computer Visualization or related studies.

  • Open to graduates whose graduations dates fall within: Spring 2017 - Spring 2020

  • Experience in one or more: particle simulation, fluid dynamics, MEL.

  • Developed sense of basic animation principles, primarily timing and weight

  • Adept with one or more major animation/effects package (Maya, Houdini, XSI, or other).

  • Familiarity with other effects software packages  (Realflow, Syflex, or the like).

  • Knowledge of basic programming concepts and practices (C, C++, C-Shell, Python, Perl, .rib or similar).

  • Proficiency within a Unix/Linux operating system(navigation, shell scripting, etc).

  • Experience working in a production environment and/or achieving aesthetic goals on a schedule.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work.  This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it. Blue Sky Studio management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

About Blue Sky Studios:

One of the world's largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of 20th Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation. Blue Sky Studios is the animation studio behind the wildly successful ICE AGE and RIO franchises, along with this year's FERDINAND animated feature film!

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Blue Sky Studios, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Blue Sky Studios.

Blue Sky Studios, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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