NBC Universal DreamWorks - FX Artist in Glendale, California

Job Number 36028BR

Job Title DreamWorks - FX Artist

Business Segment Filmed Entertainment Group

Sub-Business Film Features Animation

Posting Category Artistic Animation Production

About Us From the award-winning storytellers, artist and innovators at DreamWorks Animation and DreamWorks Animation Television come the beloved characters and stories that come alive on the big and small screens. From films like Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls to original TV series including Trollhunters, Voltron and Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, DreamWorks Animation continues to bring home the laughter, fun and courage to dream.

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Career Level Experienced

Country United States

State/Province California

City Glendale


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designs and creates images, elements and effects (such as fire, smoke, crowds, water, hair, cloth, fur, etc.)

  • Responsible for coding and providing support and documentation for tools created

  • Solid understanding of Maya to be able to use it for particle systems, fields, expressions, MEL scripts, soft bodies, rigid bodies, cloth dynamics and particle instancing/flocking

  • Develop EFX system independently for production use

  • Effectively use in production an EFX system that another FX Animator developed (i.e. bubbles, ripples, etc)

  • Creatively solve problems and achieve art direction given to them for a shot

  • Work with other departments and other FX animators to achieve the goals of art direction given

  • Solve minor problems independently (i.e. can’t get shot to bake, figure out what the issues are and recognize who they should go to, debug their problems independently and come up with solution or narrow the problem)

  • Strong artistic vision and ability to be creative and expand upon the art direction given

  • Strong sense of design and composition

  • Strong understanding of Animation and how things should look, feel and move

  • Some experience writing scripts and/or programming is preferred

  • Ability to multi-task on multiple shots whether similar or different

  • Prioritize tasks

  • Work on shots independently and efficiently

  • Patient and willing to answer questions and mentor other artists

  • Stays abreast of current technologies and attempt to implement them effectively

  • Shows follow thru and is punctual at dailies


  • Must have strong visual and technical skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a high-end software and production environment

  • A strong background in computer programming, preferably in C or C++ and UNIX

  • An understanding of physical dynamics and natural phenomena is key

Desired Characteristics

  • 2 – 3 years preferred experience involving simulations of natural phenomenon, particle systems, procedural modeling, procedural animation, hard and soft body dynamics and other similar effects

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