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Head of Effects | FX


Head of Effects | FX

• Expert Level


Moving Picture Company: An HOD is responsible for ensuring the smooth and effective running of their department from a creative, technical and workflow perspective.

Category Project Manager  Special Effects 
Location Toronto, ON, Canada
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date May 15, 2023
Start Date N/A
End Date N/A

Job Description

An HOD is responsible for ensuring the smooth and effective running of their department from a creative, technical and workflow perspective. They are responsible and held accountable in 5 key areas:

Department planning and maintenance:    
  • Create good communication channels with other departments, show production and senior management to ensure complex information is disseminated appropriately  
  • Manage the recruitment and casting of Leads in accordance with the global needs of the business 
  • Assign appropriate artists to the various projects, balancing the financial, technical and creative considerations of the task  
  • Report crew assessment to DM (Department Manager) 
  Show planning and maintenance: 
  • Work with the lead artists, supervisors and show production to bid or plan shots, and ensure the project methodologies, quality and schedule expectations are consistent and achievable  
  • Ensure that work is delivered to MR. X’s global standards, on time and on budget  
  • Assist other artists, departments and supervisors' issues as they arise during production, delegating work where necessary  
  • Work with CG supervisors to plan for future challenges and problem solve current issues 
  • Work with Department Developers and R&D to address software issues on a show 
  • Communicate to the up and downstream departments to ease ingest and handoff challenges 
  • Work with VFX and DFX supervisors to enable the best creative output from the team 
  Mentoring and supporting:   
  • Nurture creative vision and technical ability, while ensuring a balanced, personal and professional development  
  • Have a compelling strategy and vision for the future of the department  
  • Regular 1:1s with key members of the team. (High potentials, Leads, Core) 
  • Encouraging and supporting leads to delegate and support their teams  
  • Pairing up team members to enable learning  
  • Supporting or delegating support to employees under performance management  
  Training and documentation:  
  • The HOD is responsible for their team to be trained to a level in which they can perform their duties.  
  • Manage the integration of new artists into the existing team and ensure they receive proper training either by providing the training or delegating to leads and other team members 
  • Ensure training documentation is up to date and coordinate with team members to create the training material when necessary 
  Standardized workflows: 
  • Implement the products and services as needed to ensure department efficiency 
  • Keep up to date with industry developments and tools 
  • Ensure the department remains relevant in an ever-changing global industry 
  • Propose and oversee the development of new tools, workflows or techniques as required for successful and efficient delivery of shows 
  • Monitor workflow and techniques used in the team 
  • Collaborate with other Heads of Departments to design workflows between their teams 
  • Be the visionaries for their department  
  • Report on workflows to the Head of Creative Officers  
Skills and Experience
Technical Knowledge/Skills:
  • Varies by discipline
  • 6-7 years of proven leadership and management experience in a leading VFX company or associated industry
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Exercise patience, problem-solving and mediation skills
  • Ability to cope with stressful situations and conflict with composure
  • Ability to work in an inclusive and diverse organization
  • Strong creative ability and flair
  • Strong sense of aesthetic
  • Excellent team building skills
  • Strong business acumen
  • Understanding of financial impacts of business decisions

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit N/A
Shift Day
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