Head of Character Effects (CFX)Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10015712 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Aug. 12, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid
- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.
The Head of Character Effects plays an integral role in the production team. Supervising a team of artists, they are responsible for creating all Character Effects for shot production, including developing cloth and hair simulation assets, creating the best appealing simulation performances, and final character polishing. This is a regular, full-time, staff position that will be located at our Vancouver, BC studio. Please note that relocation eligibility may be determined based on role and individual circumstance.
Partner closely with their peers as well as the Art Director of Characters & Production Designer to achieve the artistic vision and technical requirements of the show.
Partner closely with the CG Supervisor - Characters in the development and integration of character cloth and hair.
Provide artistic and technical guidance to a team of artists in the creation of appealing, consumable, efficient and complete character cloth and hair simulations rigs.
Provide art direction for cloth and hair simulation performance.
This work will include new character sim builds for the show as well as conversion and reuse of existing data from past projects. Strategize with show leadership and help to implement ways to leverage this data as well as other techniques to achieve the goals of the show within the target resource allocation.
Engage in and support the creation of crowd characters, toolsets and their delivery throughout the asset and shot process.
Responsible for consumability and efficiency of deliverables into downstream departments.
Drives department processes, bidding, and reviews.
Determines resource needs and collaborates with studio, show, and department leadership in finding staffing solutions.
Analyzes and determines cost implications of requests and strategizes on solutions in partnership with show leadership.
Creates an inclusive and safe work environment by carefully managing sensitive information, making rooms feel open and comfortable, creating space for everyone to have a voice, and addressing bias when it occurs.
Sets the creative and technical vision/expectations for the supervisors, leads, and department. Responsible for seeing that vision through.
In tight conjunction with the Production Management and AM, inspires and motivates the supervisors, leads, and department. Responsible for the tone and morale of the department.
Contributes to the overall craft and Leadership development of supervisors, leads, and department through setting expectations, delivering consistent constructive feedback, recognition, and accountability.
Creates, models, and supports a collaborative work environment within their team and between departments on the show.
Identifies solutions and compromises in partnership with other department leaders utilizing a holistic view to meet show vision.
Provides regular updates to show leadership on the progress, health, and direction of the team.
Keeps the team informed with context for show related changes and updates.
Studio Culture-Actively fosters an inclusive, innovative, and collaborative environment so every employee can contribute at the highest levels.
Technology, Tools and Workflow-Engages in the creation and execution of technical standards, pipeline conventions, and workflows to support the department, show, and studio.
Department Stewardship-Partners closely with peers and Artist Manager to support an environment of creativity, trust, and innovation. Actively involved in assessment, casting, hiring, and overall growth of artists.
Minimum 4 years of leadership experience that demonstrates a strong ability to lead and mentor others.
Demonstrated history of problem solving and project management skills.
Ability to quickly learn and adapt to WDAS standards, pipeline, tools and workflows as they relate to discipline(s) you would be leading.
Understanding of the disciplines/craft which you would be leading.
Strong knowledge of the following areas:
Maya or other high-end animation DCC
Scripting proficiency in Python
USD composition structures
Animation or simulation rig building experience
Desirable areas of knowledge:
Tailoring, Grooming or other authorship toolsets
Anatomy, kinematics, physical/material behaviors
Traditional fine art skill sets (sculpture, painting, drawing, design, photography, etc)
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. WDAS 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 2019’s Frozen 2, the biggest animated film of all time, to our 60th animated feature, Encanto, releasing November 2021. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.
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 Walt Disney Animation Studios Vancouver Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.