Sr. FX Animator

The Senior FX Animator works collaboratively in a high-end software and production team environment using dynamic and procedural systems to create natural phenomenon (smoke, fire, cloth, etc.) and other visual effects.   This role partners with the VFX Supervisor and CG Supervisor to help determine and design the FX needs for the studio as well as specific projects.


The below list describes only the essential functions of this job. Other duties may be assigned, as necessary.

  • Creates effects that reflect physical dynamics of natural phenomena and other visual effects to create a believable world for the story while working within a deadline-driven environment.
  • Works closely with the CG Supervisor to identify inefficiencies in the FX Animation pipeline, and assist with designing more efficient solutions.
  • Collaborates with the VFX Supervisor, CG Supervisor and FX team to determine the FX needs of the studio and/or a specific project. 
  • Develops techniques and tools to produce elements for rendering and compositing, and provides applicable support/assistance to artists during shot production.
  • Documents tools and techniques that are developed within the FX department.
  • Works with Production and FX Animation teams to execute the desired look of the effect, within applicable deadlines.
  • Participates as a team member in determining various design and technical solutions.
  • Participates in dailies and other meetings as required by production and management.
  • Works with developers and/or R&D on new tools, while providing feedback in a timely manner.
  • Consistently meets production, management and FX Animation team goals and deadlines in an expedient and efficient manner.


  • Experience with designing and implementing the following:  dynamic systems, including destruction techniques; particle systems, rigid body dynamics, volume rendering, cloth, fluid dynamics and other advanced techniques for the creation of natural phenomenon and other visual effects.
  • Strong application scripting skills, with solid programming skills in Python.  Knowledge with one or more additional scripting languages required: Maya Mel, C++, HScript, VEX, HDK, Maya API.  Linux experience required. 
  • Proficient in Maya and/or Houdini.  
  • Experience in designing effects assets/systems.
  • Ability to approach work with critical thought, analytical skills and solution-based focus.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team and take direction professionally.
  • Ability to work with minimal direction, and must be self-motivated. 
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Four or more years of production experience with strong working knowledge of Houdini.
  • Background in Art and traditional animation strongly preferred.
  • Renderman and Katana experience preferred.  


Must be eligible to work in the United States.

To be considered for this position, please include links to your resume and reel. You may contact us at:

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Resume: Your Name, Sr. FX Animator

If your skills and abilities are a good match for the job opening, you will be contacted in the near future. We will make every attempt to contact all qualified candidates, but due to the high volume of interest on our job openings, we may not be able to contact every individual. We will not be returning phone calls or emails seeking further information about the opening or to confirm that we have received your resume.