Full Time Job

Sr. TD Houdini

Mikros Animation

Montreal, QC 01-30-2024
  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description
Mikros Animation is a global CGI animation studio, part of Technicolor Creative Studios, located in Paris, Montreal, Los Angeles, Bangalore and London, dedicated to feature films and episodic content. Since its inception, Mikros Animation has always put creativity and CG artistry at the heart of its animation and production activities, allowing our artists to work across a great variety of stories with a high level of stylized craft. So far, Mikros Animation has contributed to ten released feature animations and to numerous high-quality animated series, for the world's best-known animation studios, either as creative studio, line producer or executive producer. Mikros Animation has also produced more than 250 hours of programming, broadcast by notable channels including Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, TF1, France TV, Gulli, M6, Gloob, and Super RTL. Our animated episodic content airs and streams globally, in over 180 countries.

At Mikros Animation, we believe great animation is about making real connections with real people. By partnering with filmmakers to unite their creative visions, with our industry-leading craftsmanship and artistry, we create characters that connect with audiences on an authentic and emotional level to bring powerful stories to life.

Under the supervision of the TD Supervisor, the Senior TD - Houdini manages a Team of TDs contributing to the animation of assets in shots. Working with teams of Animation, Character and Rig departments and collaborating with the supervisors of these departments (and their artists) in order to improve and maintain the tools used daily, and also creating new ones when necessary. The Senior TD is part of the Pipeline team and as in any teamwork, may be required to assist teammates on other tasks than those expected of the position. Also, in contact with the Software team, they participate in the good communication and collaboration between these 2 teams.   

• Lead and technically guide the team to establish a high level of quality in the tools delivered while respecting production deadlines 
• Implement effective strategies to meet project requirements 
• Provide creative ideas and solutions to improve visual and technical quality 
• Develop tools and procedures to support the creative process 
• Understand the visual requirements for the film, and design procedures, techniques and tools that will enable these to be met 
• Organize, priorities and support the Animation teams in resolving day-to-day issues through the correct communication channels 
• Ensure the maintenance and improvement of the Mikros Animation 'Tools Box' of the Animation department 
• Collaborate with other Lead TDs upstream and downstream to the Character department and provide him with the necessary assistance to guarantee the efficiency of the data flow 
• Work according to Mikros Animation coding style 
• Liaise with the software team to ensure compliance with internal practices 
• Ensure the follow-up and the relevance of the creation and update of the technical documentation of the developed tools 
• Test and validate new versions of pre-existing tools, both interactive ones (mainly Houdini) and in an active production environment 
• Optimize the workflow of the Look Dev department  

• Advanced knowledge in python coding language
• Experience of development in houdini pipeline integration, being comfortable manipulating hou api
• Strong understanding of hda manipulations
• Previous experience as a TD on animated feature film, animated television series and/or VFX feature film projects 
• Thorough understanding of Animation, Character and Rig designs 
• Knowledge of Houdini
• Advanced level of understanding of 3D packages, animation technologies and principles 
• Ability to code review and troubleshoot problems as they arise 
• Ability to quickly understand the use of commercially available and proprietary software tools 
• Be able to organize your work efficiently and prioritize the artists' requests while meeting the expected production deadlines. 
• Strong written and verbal English language skills 
• Ability to communicate in both a technical and artistic manner with various personality types 
• Ability to work collaboratively and share knowledge. 

Additional assets:   
• Coding in C++  
• Shotgrid knowledge
• Be familiar with Agile/Scrum methods

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gw32qn-34-239-154-201-42 in your application.

Company Profile
Mikros Animation

Technicolor is home to the world's premiere portfolio of visual effects brands, services, and creative innovations. With locations that span the globe, and service offerings tailored to the specific creative and storytelling needs of each project, we power premium content. Our diverse family of VFX brands includes: MPC, The Mill, MR. X, Mikros MPC Advertising, and Technicolor VFX. Each studio has their own unique approach to help storytellers create out of this world experiences.