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FX Animator

If you are qualified and interested please email Angela at ageier@laika.com with your reel and resume.

General Summary

The FX Animator is responsible for creating Character and Environment FX, and elements for lighting and compositing to support of the visual style and narrative of the film. They will also be involved in the collaboration of creative and technical tools and workflow.

Essential Job Functions

  • Design and create the look of computer generated FX and elements through shot production.
  • Under the supervision of the CG Supervisor, VFX Sup and/or Director help establish and follow the look of the film.
  • Troubleshoot creative and technical issues.
  • Partner with the Modeling, Texturing, Lighting and Compositing and help support each departments’ FX integration issues.
  • Maintain a high level of quality while working on multiple projects, both looks development and shot production under aggressive deadlines.
  • Perform technical work in support of shot production using various production tools.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Animation, Art or other relevant area of study and/or equivalent job experience.
  • 3+ years of high-end production experience in television or feature films as an FX artist and/or TD.
  • Experience in producing effects such as smoke, fire, clouds, water, steam and explosions.
  • Knowledge of applicable software and platforms including Maya, Renderman and Houdini REQUIRED.
  • Working knowledge of Digital Compositing in Nuke.
  • Experience with advanced lighting techniques such as Global Illumination, HDRI, subsurface scattering and real world lighting set ups, a plus.
  • Experience with 3D paint packages, a plus.
  • Modeling, Texturing and/or Lighting experience, a plus.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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