Job Title: Crowd FX Lead
Reports to: CG Supervisor Status: Non-Exempt
Classification: Project, Fulltime Date: Immediately
Purpose of the job:
Under the direction of the CG Supervisor and Pipeline Supervisor, the Crowds FX Lead assists
in the creation and implementation of DD’s pipeline and shot production for the team to
establish workflow and procedures for the look and development of crowds/flocking and other
similar effects. This will be achieved using Houdini, as well as any new technology required to
meet the specific creative and technical needs of a show as assigned by the VFX Supervisor
and Production Management.
The Crowd FX Lead will also assist in the implementation of an efficient and effective approach
to Crowds that allows the Animation and FX Departments to focus on creating assets that will
allow the highest level of animation performance and fidelity, within a show’s budgetary and
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Assists in the design, architecture, scheduling and supervision of the studio crowd team
and the crowd pipeline development, ensuring that the techniques and that a proper QC
process is in place between all departments going into the show’s shot production
Use the software for crowd agent building, motion clip integration and management,
terrain optimizations, and plug-in development to accomplish specific effects and export
data, lighting and rendering.
Track tools development and provide a leadership presence in meetings on all things
Ensure on-time delivery of Crowd FX elements within an established production
schedule. If creative appetite is too large, present ideas and suggest creative
Document, assist and train other artists and departments during production on the use of
Houdini and any other crowd pipeline tools as required.
Troubleshoot creative/technical issues as they arise, as well as contributing to hands-on
shot production along with other Crowd FX Animators.
Ensure creative direction from CG Supervisor to the crew are heard and clarified.
Consistently look for a more efficient way of doing a character effect (i.e. reuse of
Appropriately elevate concerns to CG Supervisor.
Identify and utilize tools and techniques which improve productivity and the quality of the
work; avoid reinvention of the wheel or duplication of effort both within the show and
across the facility.
Participate in the bidding process and strategizes on creative approach for Creature Dev
work working with the Digital Producer to accurately estimate work-load and resources in
creating production budgets
Assist in leading department meetings, managing expectations and providing
communications during meetings, production.
Education and/or Experience Required:
Previous experience working with crowd pipelines as a lead or artist to the requirements
Strong knowledge of the entire post-production process relating to visual effects
At least 6+ years experience in a visual effects or animation environment, with at least
2+ years experience leading a team of artists on at least one completed production.
Demonstrated knowledge of multiple aspects of Houdini Software and pipeline
integration is a must.
Must have a sense of strong team dynamics and a positive morale generating style
Must have strong problem solving mentality and/or the ability to accurately place people
who can solve a particular problem
Strong knowledge of Houdini, Maya is a must.
Working experience with one or more other professional software packages such as
Massive is a plus
Requires strong technical and communication skills within a show structure
Firm understanding of crowd production pipelines
Python scripting is a plus
Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands:
Office working environment.
Hours for this position are based on normal working hours but will require extra hours
pending production needs.
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.
Digital Domain 3.0, Inc management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business
and organizational needs.
As an equal employment opportunity employer, Digital Domain commits to a work environment free from unlawful
discrimination where all employees are treated equally with dignity, respect and on the basis of individual
experience and potential, without regard to any personal classifications protected by applicable laws, regulations