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Generalist Technical Artist

Ōtautahi | Christchurch, New Zealand

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About the Role

We are looking for artists and technicians who immerse themselves in storytelling, who have an inquisitive and innovative spirit and who thrive in a collaborative environment.

We are in need of creative and technically proficient artists who are excited to build and deliver key technologies and workflows that enable artists and designers to quickly implement visual content. Someone who is keen to help us build the tools and stories of the future!

You will deliver assets, processes, and workflows that empower storytellers. The ideal candidate will have a strong eye for art quality as well as knowledge of real-time requirements and constraints.

What You’ll Do
• Prepare scenes and content ahead of client reviews and virtual scouting sessions.
• Facilitate and observe daily reviews and working sessions to identify bottlenecks or issues.
• Debug technical issues promptly and efficiently, escalating to our Virtual Production Pipeline Supervisor who is responsible for our technical pipeline.
• Support strategic direction for the content pipeline and tools, and provide a product-owner level of expertise as a key pipeline customer.
• Standardise and improve content creation, review processes and best practices for production of real-time assets, materials, shaders and LODs.
• Contribute to look-development of the highest-calibre real-time art by creating material networks, lighting, and particle effects, and partner with other artists on asset look development.
• Profile real-time scenes to provide leadership with content strategies on how to best accomplish creative vision.
• Mentor Apprentice and Jr. Technical Artists and assist them with their shots.


What We’re Looking For

  • Previous experience working in a real-time/virtual production environment, preferably at a VFX or animation studio, OR experience working in previsualisation, virtual art department, virtual production or motion capture production environment

  • Production experience using real-time game engines such as Unreal Engine, Unity or others, and can exhibit your knowledge of game engine and editor best practices

  • Strong understanding of visual scripting systems like the Unreal Engine’s Blueprint system

  • Working experience with the Perforce version control system

  • Demonstrated knowledge in some or all of these software packages: Maya, 3DS Max, Houdini, Substance Painter, Blender, etc

  • Working knowledge of computer graphics interchange files formats like FBX, USD, MaterialX and Alembic

  • Exceptional communicator, able to implement feedback from key creatives, production and technical supervisors

  • Relevant professional VFX, Animation or Games experience and higher education qualification in Computer Science, Programming, or Fine Arts; OR At least relevant professional experience in lieu of education.

*A portfolio / reel submission - including a detailed breakdown of your work in each section - is required with all artist applications*

About the Company

At The Granary, our goal is to tell incredibly creative stories with incredibly creative people.

We are proud to put our people first in all aspects of the storytelling process, from our writers and artists, to our operators, engineers and production development teams.

We are always looking for talented people to enrich our work and our community.

We believe it’s important that our studio reflects the diversity of the society we live within and for the local and global audiences for whom we craft our stories. We foster a culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate and create. We are an equal opportunity employer, we believe in creating a safe place where you can bring your full amazing, bold, dazzling self to work.

We are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment for all our people, regardless of their age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship, family status, disability, race, ethnicity, nationality, religious and/or political beliefs.

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