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CFX Artist (Contract)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10070765 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Dec. 06, 2023

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Animation Studios has an exciting opportunity for experienced Character FX Technical Directors / Technical Animators to join the team at our Vancouver, BC studio. The Character FX TD has strong artistic skills built on top of a solid technical foundation. The Character FX TD is responsible for character effects for shot production. You will work closely with the industry’s top talent in fields to create the most appealing character simulation performances and bring our characters to life.



  • Character effects for shot production, including cloth and hair simulation, and final character polishing

  • Actively engage in and potentially be cast to other tasks that the department supports (Simulation setup, and CFX/technical animation)


  • Experience in hair and/or cloth simulation

  • Solid understanding of the principles of animation

  • Extensive knowledge of anatomy, kinematics, and physical behaviors

  • Experience with creating appealing performances through simulation

  • 3+ years of professional experience in cloth and hair simulation, with emphasis on CG features

  • Experience working in collaborative environments and taking direction

  • Strong problem-solving ability

  • Comfort with Linux environments

  • Bachelor's degree in Art, Illustration, Computer Graphics, Engineering, related field or equivalent experience

An applicant will benefit from having:

  • Previous leadership/mentoring experience

  • Solid understanding of Python scripting

  • Experience in modeling, grooming, rigging, and/or character fx

  • Prior experience using Houdini

A Note About Software:

Our department currently uses Autodesk Maya as our primary platform with proprietary solvers, hair instancing tools, and other authoring plugins. Applicants should be adept in Maya or an equivalent CG application or demonstrate an aptitude for learning software quickly. A strong skill set in packages like Marvelous Designer, XGen, and Houdini is an added plus.

The hiring range for this position in British Columbia, Canada is C$87,210 to C$145,420 per year. This hiring range covers candidates who are considered experienced to expert level. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A full range of medical, financial, and/or other variable pay or benefits, may be offered dependent on the level and position offered.

About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Disney Animation continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to our 62nd animated feature, Wish, releasing November 2023. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Encanto.

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 The Walt Disney Company (Canada) Ltd., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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