A FX Artist for animation production is someone with a excellent knowledge of 3D and compositing software as well as the application of 3D effects such as Particles, fluids, collision dynamics and compositing.
The FX artist ensure that all shots are complete, FX are optimised and organised so that they are ready for use in production. The FX artist also creates any necessary documentation for the overseas lighting launch for the production.
To succeed at this job, you need:
Several years production experience as a FX artist. Entry level can be gained through junior status and a good portfolio.
You have to have a high level of attention to detail with strong problem solving skills. You need technical skills as well as an artistic eye for colour, animation and FX.
Great organizational skills and ability to manage a very busy team with, while meeting production timetables and budgets.
Career Path to Lighting Artist: Several years experience in the look development department, or generalist knowledge across the pipeline with FX knowledge.
Career Path from Lighting Artist: Head of Department, Lead FX, VFX Supervisor, CG Supervisor, CG Asset Lead.
Education Routes: FX artists often have a degree in Animation, Film or Visual Effects.
Entry-level role available at Junior FX Artist. Show reel and experience are very important.Art 3D FX Artist