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.

Animation Technical Lead

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About the job

  • Responsible of the satisfactory functioning of the animation department, you will offer a technical support to the animators on a daily basis.
  • Check on animation work in progress. Reporting all problems occurring at this stage of production.
  • Checking of “pre-anim” elements from rig.
  • Responsible for all “post-anim” elements for the following departments: animation fixing, CFX, VFX, lighting, editing.
  • Supervise the technical animation department.
  • Offering solutions to improve the process on challenging shots, to streamline the animation pipe.
  • Listen and analyze the requests of directors, animation directors and lead animators regarding rig alterations, issues on complex shots and development requests.

Must have

  • Thorough knowledge of Maya
  • Experience in character animation
  • Thorough understanding of rig and setup
  • Full Mastery of the animation films’ pipeline

Nice to have

  • Experience as team supervisor

About you

  • French and conversational English knowledge is required
  • Must communicate well and be able 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)
  • Our preference is for European Union citizens or candidates with French work permit. Because the process of obtaining a visa is so complex and timeconsuming, foreign candidates with a significative experience will be the only ones 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.

Hair&Fur Grooming Artist

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About the job

Grooming hair & fur, feathers and organic character elements using a proprietary software and Maya for NURBS modeling.

Must have

  • In-depth knowledge of Maya.
  • A good understanding of 3D computer graphics theory.
  • Ability to quickly master in-house production tools.
  • An artistic eye for styling and grooming.

Nice to have

  • Previous experience in animation, visual effects and/or video game production in hair&fur or modeling departments. We will accept junior artists if their demoreel shows work with excellent technical and artistic skills.
  • Experience in cartoon character grooming.

About you

  • French and/or English fluency is required.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team, to 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.

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.

Character Rigging Artist

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About the job

  • Création de rig pour les personnages à l’aide d’un autorig interne et de customisation en script.
  • Déformation des personnages en respectant leur morphologie et en travaillant dans une grande amplitude de mouvement.
  • Vérification puis intégration aux personnages des éléments livrés par les autres départements.
  • Identification et résolution des problèmes dans les scripts du pipeline.

Must have

  • Expertise en rigging et skinning sous Maya.
  • Capacité à maîtriser rapidement les outils de production développés en interne.

Nice to have

  • Maitrise des langages de programmation MEL, Python, Maya API
  • Expérience sur des longs métrages.
  • Connaissances anatomiques.
  • Connaissance de Shotgun.

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 Artist

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About the job

  • Collaborate with Environment and Set supervisor to create models for environments and props
  • Create assets and modular kits for terrain ,foliage and vegetations
  • Assembly,set dressing and scattering
  • Learn and adapt to new tools and pipeline processes

Must have

  • Modeling in maya and speedtree
  • Houdini experience
  • Knowledge of PBR pipelines

Nice to have

  • Texturing and shading in Substance Designer and Painter 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 (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.

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.

Character Surfacing Artists

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About the job

  • Work closely with the Character Surfacing Supervisor to develop the look and qualities of characters.
  • Accurately interpret texture, shading and photo references from the Art Department, creating a balance between cartoon shapes and realistic look.
  • Work with leads to find the best creative/technical problem solving approach for assigned sequences/shots.

Must have

  • Experience in realistic Character rendering
  • A strong understanding of volumes, shapes modeling, shading and more broadly rendering engine.
  • Knowledge of sculpt in Zbrush.
  • Knowledge of Maya.
  • Ability to quickly master custom in-house production tools

Nice to have

  • Experience of Character Surfacing in Animation, Visual effects and/or Game production.
  • Using UV layout is highly recommended.
  • Knowledge of Substance Painter and Designer.

About you

  • French and/or English knowledge is required
  • Must communicate well and be able 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.

3D Animator

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About the job

  • Responsible for expediting high quality character animation for feature films.
  • Work closely with Animation Supervisors and Leads to create skilled animation with strong acting performances and convincing motion.

Must have

  • Thorough knowledge of Maya.
  • Creativity!
  • Strong knowledge of posing, weight, timing, animal and human motion.

Nice to have

  • Previous experience on animated films.
  • Have a good technical understanding of models and rigs.

About you

  • French and/or English fluency is required.
  • Good communication skills and 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. 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.

Set Designer

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About the job

  • Design sets and props which will be used as references by 3D departments such as Modeling and Layout.
  • Accurately interpret 2D concepts from Production designer.
  • Work closely with Art Director and Directors.

Must have

  • Strong Artistic Skills in design, painting, perspective and composition.
  • Advanced skills in Photoshop and Maya required.

Nice to have

  • Background in art history and architecture.
  • Experience in a animated feature film.

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.
  • Remote work can be considered.
  • We favor European Union citizens or candidates with French work permit. Foreign candidates can be considered on a freelance basis.

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.