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iCAD Apprentice - Houdini FX Artists

Sony Imageworks is seeking iCAD Apprentice - Houdini FX Artists

Apprenticeship overview:
Imageworks is offering an opportunity to recent grads and Junior artists that want to get their foot in the door of a top tier VFX & Animation company. It is a paid, 8 week training program with the intent of having successful graduates work on one of our many tentpole productions.

Job Description:
You will learn how to design, create and animate digital effects elements and methodology for computer generated FX animation. FX artists typically create elements, effects, pipelines, tools and techniques that reflect physical dynamics of natural phenomena (e.g., fire, smoke, water, bubbles, lava, dust, etc.) to create a believable world for the story. You will participate in dailies, rounds, team reviews of work in progress. Interact with production, supervisors and team/ peers in order to problem solve and share information related to show/ assigned tasks. You will be exposed to methodologies on how to decipher as well as follow through on shot turnovers, dailies, briefings/ notes and feedback. Successful candidates should be able to work efficiently as part of a team or independently to determine the various design solutions.

Requirements:
Must be Canadian citizens, have their permanent residency or possess a current 2 year work visa.

Knowledge of applicable software packages including Houdini and Maya required. Knowledge of Arnold shading, volume rendering and raytracing experience preferred. Linux and scripting ability in relevant languages including MEL, Perl and Python would be a definite plus.

To Apply:
Please submit a reel link, resume, and shot breakdown to icad-apprentice@imageworks.com for consideration.

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Qualified candidates should send their materials to:

Sony Pictures Imageworks
Attention: Human Resources
9050 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Fax: (310) 840-8888

You may also email your résumé to jobs@imageworks.com
For Production Services Technician positions: pst-recruit@imageworks.com

All artist submissions MUST contain the following:
- Cover Letter which states the position you are applying for and your availability
- Resume
- Demo Reel and/or Portfolio (if applicable to the position)
- Demo Reel and/or Portfolio Breakdown which describes your specific contributions to the work

**Please be sure NOT to send original materials, as submissions will not be returned.**

Submission Tips & Guidelines

Reel Submissions
- Reels should be on DVD or VHS (NTSC) - Beta or PAL will not be accepted
- Do not send CD ROMS or refer us to a website - hardcopy submissions only
- Reels should be clearly labeled with your name and contact information
- The length of your reel should be limited to 5 minutes and consist of the work you're most proud of beginning with your most recent work
- Music should not contain vocals unless lip-syncing skills are illustrated
- Please include a credit list explaining what you did on your reel and what software (if applicable) was used to achieve the effects
- Demo reels should be well edited and concise (less than 5 minutes).
- ANIMATORS NOTE: Please include all traditional work (life drawings, pencil tests, etc.) either on your reel or with your portfolio

Portfolio Submissions
Please be sure your portfolio is clearly labeled with your name, address and telephone number on both the inside and outside.

All portfolios should contain the following:
- Samples of your recent work
- Life Drawings
- Rough Sketches of animals and humans in movement
- Samples of your color and design sense
- We prefer artists to limit their portfolios to 20 pieces representing their strongest current work.
- Do not send original copies of your work as it will not be returned

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