Mavericks VFX is a three-time Emmy-nominated VFX firm based on Toronto, Canada. Working as a collection of filmmakers—drawn from a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and talents—we create outstanding visual effects for film and TV.
We are proud of our family-vibe, but rely on our strong pipeline and learning from our seasoned artists to produce world-class visual effects. An excellent health and dental plan, complimentary gym memberships to Hone Fitness (in our building), beautiful offices, Cocktail Thursdays, a Softball Team, Blue Jays games, and a multitude of (non-mandatory) company outings…these are some of the ways that Mavericks VFX tries to give back to our employees for their stellar work and dedication. If Mavericks’ culture resonates with you and you are seeking to be a part of an exciting team-based environment, we’d love to hear from you.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Work closely with VFX Supervisors and Leads to determine the best approach to solve fx challenges and develop final look in shot development
Work with other TDs, art directors and designers to create photo-real effects and physically accurate simulations
Accurately interpret concept art and design from the Art Department
Use and understand 3D / 2D applications such as Houdini, Maya, and Nuke
Provide input regarding tools and interfaces to improve throughput
Producing a final overall look that far exceeds client expectations.
Create dynamics and simulation effects using rigid body, particle, fluid, pyro, cloth, fur and hair systems.
Rendering FX elements or assisting in exporting to another renderer.
Work within a collaborative team environment, contributing efficient design approaches for challenging FX shots.
Regularly submit WIPs and take direction from CG and VFX Supervisors
Demonstrate a broad range of FX abilities in a collaborative environment to conceptualize and create the overall look, attitude and style of the FX
Interpret verbal direction and visual reference to understand the story context and aesthetic objectives of visual effects
R&D and implement FX, run shots: particles, rigid body, fluids, large and small scale destruction, smoke, dust, lightning, fire, storms, explosions, etc.
Support integration of effects into other department’s workflows and collaborate with them to ensure deliverables meet requirements
Meet project deadlines and milestones, as set by the Production department and the Supervisors
Provide suggestions and recommendations on technique and elements in the context of the scene
Actively promote and communicate sound solutions to technical and creative issues
Maintain and communicate a strong knowledge of innovative FX animation technologies
Participate in the development of department procedures: workflows, toolsets, best practices
Maintain positive, supportive and collaborative team dynamics
3+ years of production experience using Houdini in film/commercials (knowledge of Autodesk Maya is a plus)
Knowledge of particles, fluids (smoke, dust, water), fracturing, MEL/Python
Thorough knowledge of VRay (Mantra a plus)
Follow creative & technical briefs with regard to the production schedule and set milestones
Work with animation, lighting & compositing as necessary in order to meet FX animation objectives
A demo reel showing a strong sense of composition, light and colour
Excellent communication skills and technical knowledge
Must have the ability to work autonomously and meet tight deadlines
Strong communication skills are critical
Candidate must be able to work within a team environment
Ideally, the Candidate would be Toronto- based and legally allowed to work in Canada