VFX Houdini Artists

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About the job

  • Responsible for effects works in Houdini and Maya.
  • Create either stylized or photorealistic effects based on the concept art.
  • Accurately interpret concept art and designs from the Art Department.
  • Work in partnership with effects specialists to ensure that shots are delivered to the highest possible standard.

Must have

  • A thorough understanding of Houdini and Maya
  • Previous experience creating FX elements and working with fluid & particle dynamics
  • Ability to quickly master custom in-house production tools

Nice to have

  • Basic knowledge of lighting and compositing (Nuke)
  • Basic knowledge of Python, Mel and Hscript
  • Feature film experience

About you

  • French and/or English fluency is required
  • Good communication skills and ability to take notes and directions.
  • Ability to work within a team, prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines.
  • Available or willing to relocate to Paris (remote work unavailable).
  • We favor European Union citizens or candidates with French work permit. The process of obtaining a visa being so complex and timeconsuming, only foreign candidates with a significative experience will be considered, for a selection of senior jobs.

About us

Illumination Mac Guff is the leading studio for animated films in Europe. Based in Paris, the studio is known for its blockbusters such as the franchise “Despicable Me”, “Minions”, “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing” – all produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures.

Layout Artist

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About the job

  • Interpret 2D storyboards or scripts and create 3D shots.
  • Block the posing and timing of the characters in a given environment.
  • Be responsible of the selection of cameras angles and camera moves.
  • Work with Layout Supervisor and Leads to find the best creative/technical problem solving approach for assigned sequences/shots.
  • Be able to help the Director(s) in a cinematic staging way.

Must have

  • Knowledge of lenses, positioning and camera movement.
  • Experience in character animation.
  • Strong eye for framing composition and perspective.
  • Capability to interpret a design and modify some modeling if needed.
  • Familiarity with pipeline issues.

Nice to have

  • Experience in editing.
  • Knowledge in lighting, compositing and VFX.

About you

  • French and/or English fluency is required.
  • Good communication skills and strong ability to take notes and direction.
  • Ability to work within a team, prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines.
  • Available or willing to relocate to Paris (remote work unavailable)
  • We favor European Union citizens or candidates with French work permit. We will not be able to obtain a visa for this position.

About us

Illumination Mac Guff is the leading studio for animated films in Europe. Based in Paris, the studio is known for its blockbusters such as the franchise “Despicable Me”, “Minions”, “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing” – all produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures.

Environment/Asset Artist Houdini

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About the job

  • Collaborate with Sets supervisors to create assets for sets and props
  • Create assets and modular kits for buildings,terrain ,foliage and vegetations
  • Procedural modeling /Set Assembly,set dressing and scattering
  • Create texture maps
  • Learn and adapt to new tools and pipeline processes

Must have

  • Expert knowledge of Houdini
  • Good technical knowledge of Maya,Substance Designer and Zbrush(or similar)
  • Strong understanding of UV layout and UDIM workflow
  • A technical understanding of colour space and PBR pipelines

Nice to have

  • HDA/OTLS and engine experience are a plus
  • TD skills (Python, C++) are a plus

About you

  • French and/or English fluency is required.
  • Good communication skills and strong ability to take notes and direction.
  • Ability to work within a team, prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines.
  • Available or willing to relocate to Paris
  • We favor European Union citizens or candidates with French work permit. We will not be able to obtain a visa for this position.

About us

Illumination Mac Guff is the leading studio for animated films in Europe. Based in Paris, the studio is known for its blockbusters such as the franchise “Despicable Me”, “Minions”, “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing” – all produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures.