Facial Modeler

Facial Modeler

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Type: Full Time

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Reporting to the Modeling and/or Creature Supervisor, the Face Shape Modeler produces photo-realistic models from scratch for live action, major feature films and partners with team leadership to create high level milestones and task estimates. Working with the in-house modeling pipeline, the Face Shape Modeler is able to solve technical issues and assist in mentoring junior team members through their work and trouble shooting skills.

Creates high quality face shapes using FACS; implements improvements/changes based on review feedback and Supervisor/Lead direction
Proactively recommends and helps with testing and proper implementation of ongoing pipeline improvements; Identifies potential issues, provides solutions, and escalates
Maintains positive relationship with all stakeholders and departments; attend and fully participate in meetings
Trains, mentors and assists in overseeing junior modeling team members
Communicates with production with changes to scope, time and challenges to make adjustments to milestones if needed to achieve project and department goals

Minimum five (5) years of VFX experience modeling photorealistic characters for live action feature filmS
Expert Maya and wxcellent knowledge of Zbrush and/or Mudbox.
Mari and Wrap4D knowledge (a plus)
Excellent technical trouble shooting skills and problem solving abilities
Strong understanding of rigging process and displacement map work flow
Strong demonstrated understanding of facial anatomy and creating blend shapes for facial expressions using FACS
Understanding of FACS, Visemes, Phonemes blendshape methodology
Experience working on creatures, topology and blend shapes
Eye for detail and able to QA own work to ensure highest quality before handing off assets
Excellent time management and prioritization skills; experience working under tight deadlines with multiple priorities an asset
Able to breakdown large goals into achievable milestones with production support
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Team player and able to work independently with minimal supervision

We offer extended medical, disability and dental insurance.

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