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CG Supervisor

Mainframe Studios has an opportunity for a CG Supervisor to join the team on an upcoming production! The CG Supervisor evaluates the technical requirements of a project in terms of the hardware/software pipeline identifying processes and procedures that improve and facilitate the end-to-end workflow.  He/she is responsible for developing the pipeline in accordance with the project’s creative goals and budgetary parameters.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Under the guidance of the Director and Art Director (pending production set up it may also include Production Designer and/or Visual Effects), the CG Supervisor is responsible for setting up a flexible and durable CG pipeline which can involve the creation of proprietary tools.
  • Facilitates technical aspects of animation production, including rigging, animation, lighting and FX.
  • Technically interprets the Director’s vision to the team.
  • Advises and supports the Director to ensure that the highest quality of animation is being achieved while adhering to the budget and schedule.
  • Works closely with the production management team to ensure all pipeline requirements are working efficiently in order to facilitate the artists’ and TDs’ needs and enable them to fulfill their quotas.
  • Collaborates with other Supervisors to facilitate and ensure that the various departmental requirements/needs are met in terms of technical, artistic, workflow, etc.
  • Oversees the daily activities of Technical Directors on the production and casts them based on their strengths and expertise.
  • Helps determine and schedules resource requirements with members of Production, Technical and Software departments in order to facilitate workflow efficiency.
  • Along with technical ability, they also have a strong aesthetic sense.
  • Provides additional technical support and training to production teams as needed.
  • Supervises the technical team leads, providing clear direction and leadership.
  • Evaluates and recommends relevant external shaders/plugins/scripts.
  • Attends regular production and department meetings.  Attends shot review sessions as needed.
  • Communicates with key stakeholders and team members any relevant information that assists in providing a clear strategy moving forward or helps with decision making.
  • Interacts with commercial vendors with respect to technical issues affecting proprietary tools, etc.
  • Maintains contacts with academia/industry to keep current on new research and industry trends.
  • Adheres to digital file management protocols.
  • Supports and integrates the values of Mainframe that being a commitment to innovation, creativity, professionalism and inspiration.
  • Interacts respectfully with colleagues, staff members and clients.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Degree in fine arts, computer science or equivalent experience required.
  • Advanced degree in mathematics, physics or related disciplines is an asset.
  • 6+ years of production experience, with prior experience managing and supervising a large group is required.
  • Prior experience as a CG Supervisor is an asset.
  • Expertise in Maya, Mental Ray, Nuke and CG production methodology.
  • Outstanding artistic skills; demonstrable ability to make creative and aesthetic judgment calls.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of colour theory and lighting techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of UNIX/Linux, procedural and object-oriented programming languages is an asset.
  • Ability to communicate creative and technical concerns and ideas to the Producer and/or the client.
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely.  Practices attentive and active listening.  Incorporates feedback and direction received from the Producer, Art Director and/or the Studio CG Supervisor.
  • Highly motivated. Solid work ethic and positive attitude. Able to work under pressure. Self motivated and pro-active.  Consistently strives to expand knowledge base.
  • Ability to inspire, mentor and support crew. Open to and encourages feedback and new initiatives.  Shares information and techniques with team members.
  • Makes decisions in a timely manner.  Accepts accountability for own actions. Creatively solves problems, eliminates roadblocks and focuses on issue at hand.
  • Adaptable to change, he/she can alter course of action quickly per production needs. Highly motivated, pro-active, solid work ethic and positive attitude.
  • Efficient and detail oriented.  Ability to deliver assignments on time and meet set performance objectives.
  • Encourages open communication between the team and other departments.
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