Full Time Job

CG Technical Director

The Mill

Los Angeles, CA 04-14-2022
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
The Mill is a global creative partner for agencies, production companies and brands, working across all media channels and platforms.

We are trusted specialists in visual effects, creative technologies and content production Our projects include the creation of digital products and virtual experiences, as well as world class visual effects and video production.

We are a vibrant network of talented artists, producers, directors and creative technologists from multinational backgrounds. We nurture innovation, flexibility and diverse ideas across our studios in London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Berlin and Bangalore. We are all united by one single ambition: To create extraordinary and memorable work that captivates and excites audiences.

We are The Mill. We create the extraordinary.

The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty-eight years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.

The Mill is currently looking for a highly motivated CG Technical Director for our Los Angeles office.

This position will facilitate the support of various production departments focusing on Maya and Houdini workflows.  The CG Technical Director will work closely with our CG Leads, artists, and supervisors to design and develop tools to streamline active and future projects.  You should have a thorough knowledge of animation, modeling, lighting and layout tools used in the CG/VFX industry, as well as related cross pipeline workflows.  Maya tools with UIs, complex HDAs and tools inside of Houdini, tools that interact with our asset management pipeline and oftentimes basic scripts that artists can run to help with a repetitive task are all examples of what the CG Technical Director will be involved in.  The CG Technical Director will not only take direction but also offer up ideas for efficiency and innovation.  This candidate should work well with teams in a fast paced commercial environment, where daily proactive problem solving and artistry are expected as well as collaborate with the global pipeline team in order to implement tools, report current issues and workflow improvements.  Must be an excellent communicator.  The ideal candidate would also be able to take on shot production work from time to time within Maya or Houdini, ideally with a generalist set of skills. 

Qualifications

Responsibilities
• Responsible for the design, development, and deployment of scripts and GUIs for the CG production pipeline.
• Work with our CG Supervisors, leads and artists to develop show specific tools that help speed up our workflows.
• While working on shots in production, evaluate pain points in the workflow that could be improved and recommend/implement these improvements.
• Troubleshooting projects when they are challenged, working with the producers and supervisors to deliver projects on time and with high quality CG and motion graphics.
• Ongoing research and awareness of advancements in technology and software, striving to be up to date with the best tools for the team
• Collaborate with our global pipeline team in order to implement new tools and workflows within our current pipeline and use best practices.

Requirements
• 5+ years experience in working as a Generalist Technical Director or technical minded CG Generalist with a wide variety of styles and looks on the reel as well as a great eye and aesthetic
• Thorough understanding of techniques, and technologies relating to CG front end pipelines, and workflow.
• Advanced skills in Maya, Houdini
• Advanced scripting skills (Python, Pymel, Qt, PyQt, PySide)
• Familiarity with VEX, C are a plus
• A working knowledge of Arnold
• A working knowledge of Nuke
• Experience working with concept artists, designers, and VFX teams, in both 2D and 3D
• Strong communication skills are critical. Must be able to work within a team and communicate and articulate your ideas well
• Excellent collaboration skills, always striving to be a team player
• Ability to take direction and exercising attention to detail
• Must be self-motivated with the ability to prioritize tasks based on production needs
• Ability to work under tight deadlines, and have a strong desire to work in a fast paced global company, always looking to produce the best work across all areas

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-ropb71-44-200-74-241-42 in your application.

Company Profile
The Mill

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.