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Lead FX Artist - Contract (Remote options)

Rooster Teeth, Austin, TX

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Rooster Teeth Animation is looking for a Lead FX Artist to support the growth of our animation department! The ideal candidate has experience collaboratively guiding artists through the development of FX assets based on storyboards and instructions from the show director. A strong candidate will have a proven track record of creative leadership, interpersonal skills, and production experience to help the company fulfill its objectives.

  • Responsibilities:
  • Provide guidance to artists in creation of FX based on storyboards and instructions from director
  • Work with art and show director to develop FX that fit project’s stylistic guidelines
  • Seek out creative, design-led solutions to challenging problems
  • Support the development of tools that optimize FX production processes
  • Look ahead to forecast potential technical, production or schedule issues and recommend solutions.
  • Motivate the FX team and act as a mentor in terms of technical/artistic growth
  • Innovate on current pipeline procedures as new techniques and software become available as well as to enhance currently existing workflows in conjunction with show/department production staff.
  • Follow proper document management requirements, according to the production’s guidelines.
  • Collaborate with leadership to properly document production disciplines for our pipeline.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully.

  • Requirements:
  • 4+ years working in a production environment
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
  • Expert understanding of Houdini for creating FX assets, includes particle systems and fluid simulation
  • Demonstrated expertise in FX principles including composition, physical motion, weight balance, texture, form, and appeal
  • Passion and ability to work as a positive, collaborative, enthusiastic, ambitious and contributing team member with a real desire to work with the team to find solutions
  • Strong proficiency in technical problem solving
  • Compositing experience is a plus
  • Familiarity with Shotgun or other shot management software is a plus
Who We Are 
Rooster Teeth is a fan-driven, community-built entertainment company in Austin, TX. From humble origins in a spare bedroom, Rooster Teeth created the web series Red vs. Blue, an innovative form of entertainment for a changing media landscape that sparked the growth of a passionate global fandom. From that foundation, Rooster Teeth pioneered a direct-to-consumer lifestyle brand for its growing online following with subscriptions, advertising, e-commerce, and live events. Rooster Teeth produces several original content series including RWBY, the most popular western-style anime series today, The Rooster Teeth podcast network, and a daily video series featuring an in-house cast of influential talent. With broadcast and live-action production capabilities and an animation studio, Rooster Teeth engages industry-leading networks, streaming entertainment services and creative talent to develop projects that reach global audiences through its Studios division. Rooster Teeth cultivates the gaming lifestyle it helped define with partnerships through its industry-leading video-first podcast network, The Roost. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of more than 45 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 5 million unique weekly viewers across its RoosterTeeth.com hub and more than 4 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003, and is a subsidiary of Otter Media, a WarnerMedia company.

About Rooster Teeth

Rooster Teeth is a pioneering studio responsible for some of the biggest online series in history, such as the award-winning and longest-running web series, Red vs. Blue. They also produce the globally acclaimed animated series RWBY, the first western anime series to be distributed in Japan; the award-winning Rooster Teeth Podcast; and Immersion, a reality format that brings video game theory to the real world. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of more than 35 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 5 million unique monthly visitors to its RoosterTeeth.com hub, and 2 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003, and is now a subsidiary of Fullscreen Media, a global youth media company that develops online creators and produces multi-platform entertainment experiences. Discover more at RoosterTeeth.com.

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