Crowd Lead (Feature Animation Division)

Cinesite Montreal is seeking a Crowd Lead to further build and manage our Crowd Team within the Feature Animation Department. The ideal candidate would have experience in creating crowds for Animated projects and a flair for both creative and technical problem solving.

The Role:

Work with the Producer and VFX Supervisor to plan the Crowd strategy in advance, for a movie based on script or animatics;
Breakdown individual shots and plan the best methodology for tackling them given the options of our Crowd Tool (based around the Atoms system), Houdini, propriety cached character tools in Maya and hero animation;
Lead the Crowd Department to execute the shots using the tools listed above;
Work on the box to create shots, as well as debug or plus shots created by the team;
Direct the crowd animators in terms of cycles, hero animation and character promotions to achieve the most creative options in a sequence;
Work with Animation, Rigging, Character FX, and Lighting to organize Crowd shots to ensure they are attainable throughout the pipeline;
Work with the CG Supervisors to solve issues as they arise;
Help with the design and building of generic characters to ensure the style of the movie is consistent and that we get the most variation possible within the budget;
Work with the Development and pipeline team to improve our crowds process;
Continually advance our crowds workflow to improve the quality of shots in our movies.

We’d like to contact you if you are/have:

Excellent knowledge of Crowd systems like Atoms, Houdini, Golaem, or Massive;
Experience creating crowds for Animated movies;
Ability to lead and inspire a diverse team of artists;
Strong technical problem-solving skills including the ability to troubleshoot pipeline issues and the capacity to resolve shot-specific technical challenges independently;
Strong creative problem-solving skills with the ability to brainstorm solutions for the highest quality result within a given budget;
Solid understanding of the complete CG pipeline from assets through to lighting;
The ability to be self-directed and work independently.

What can we offer?

Cinesite offers a positive, creative environment where the world’s leading animation and effects artists are encouraged and supported to develop and produce challenging, cutting-edge, award-winning work.

We work as a collective, where excellence, expertise and expression are valued by all; where we collaborate with some of the world’s leading creative thinkers and produce work to which we are proud to put our name.

If you want to be part of the Cinesite story, please submit your application as an online submission via this website. If your candidacy is successful, you will be contacted shortly. If your application is not retained for this position, it will stay on file for future opportunities.