Houdini Generalist TD

  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL
  • 02/02/2023


Salary or Budget: Competitive
Experience required: 1+ years

Framestore’s Chicago studio is expanding our staff CG team, and are looking for a Houdini Generalist Technical Director to join our busy facility working across a diverse range and high-end creative content.

The Houdini Generalist TD requires a broad knowledge and experience of the entire 3D pipeline. With a lot of our teams growing, artists who also have experience across different disciplines and can oversee multiple areas of the project are particularly valuable.

Strong technical skills and equally strong look/visual skills are essential.

This is a full-time staff role with benefits and working on a hybrid work model with some days in office and some days remote, ideal candidates will be based locally in Chicago, but open to discussing a fully remote agreement for the right individual.


  • Working in a generalist capacity to solve creative problems and develop tools and techniques to drive the style and look of projects under the direction and supervision of department leadership
  • Blend creative execution with technical know-how ranging from look development to FX simulation and Compositing
  • Troubleshooting projects when they are challenged, working with the Creative Director, producers, supervisors and fellow artists to deliver projects on time and with superior quality
  • Able to manage time effectively and give accurate assessments of the workload and the time required to complete tasks

Job requirements

  • A thorough working knowledge of Houdini
  • Demonstrable experience of look development, lighting and rendering, procedural modeling and animation, fur, feathers, fluids and dynamics
  • An excellent working knowledge of Arnold and additionally Mantra
  • Knowledge & understanding of CG related mathematics & rendering implementation/optimization
  • Ability to manage complex scenes and large data sets
  • Scripting experience – VEX and Python. Knowledge of C++ and the HDK a plus
  • Familiarity with pipeline issues and Linux
  • High level ability to produce great looking imagery across a range of styles; from photo real CG composited against live action through to stylized fully CG work
  • Working knowledge of at least one compositing application (ideally Nuke) and a solid understanding of the compositing process
  • Basic knowledge of Maya (advanced knowledge considered a plus)
  • Mari, Photoshop, PfTrack or 3DEqualizer experience a plus
  • On set supervision and data capture experience a plus
  • Commercial experience including being able to quote timescale and bid for projects appropriately would be an advantage
  • Ability to lead a commercial/team
  • Strong communication skills are critical. Must be able to work within a team, taking direction and exercising attention to detail in a fast-paced production environment
  • Must be self-motivated, a team player and organized
  • Ability to problem solve and predict potential problems with assigned tasks
  • Able and willing to follow direction and openly collaborate with others
  • Ability to work well under pressure and open to working flexible hours

Framestore is proud to employ extraordinary talent across all genders, races, nationalities, religions, ages, abilities and sexual preferences. We aim to encourage and support all of our current and future employees to achieve their potential. No job applicant will receive less favourable treatment on any basis when applying for a career with us. 

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