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Houdini Technical Artist

Halon - Virtual Art Department (VAD) · Full-time · Senior

About The Position

NEP Virtual Studios combines Prysm Stages, Lux Machina, and Halon Entertainment under one banner to provide best-in-class virtual production services around the world. Lux Machina and Prysm stages design, build, and operate state of the art Virtual Production facilities while Halon Entertainment provides Game cinematic creation, visualization, and virtual art department services from concept to final pixel. 

Halon Entertainment is the premier visualization company with credits on some of Hollywood’s most celebrated films. We are seeking talented and enthusiastic Unreal Engine Artists for exciting, high profile feature film, television, commercial, and video game cinematic projects. This is a remote-work opportunity. 


Job Summary: 

The Houdini Technical Artist in the Halon Virtual Art Department is responsible for coordinating with project teams to create, maintain, and document useable procedural world-building and asset building tools for use in Unreal Engine via Houdini Engine on a range of projects from stylized to photoreal. They’ll also be responsible for testing and debugging Houdini and Unreal Engine issues. 


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain environment and asset tools in Houdini for world-building and asset-building 
  • Develop and maintain the VAD pipeline between Houdini, Unreal Engine, and Houdini Engine 
  • Lead the charge on researching Houdini procedural solutions 
  • Document tools and processes as they are built 
  • Houdini, Houdini Engine, and Unreal Engine problem solving and troubleshooting 

Requirements

  • 4+ years of games industry or entertainment industry experience or an extraordinary demo reel 
  • A web portfolio that demonstrates a range of tools and utilities in Houdini, Houdini Engine, and Unreal Engine 
  • Fluent knowledge of VEX or VOPs, Python, and the Hou Module 
  • Experience with PDG, RBD’s, Vellum, Pyro 
  • An understanding of the material editor in Unreal Engine, as well as an understanding of new features coming in UE5 
  • Ability to work within the technical constraints of Unreal engine and optimize procedural content 
  • A passion for film, television, and games 
  • Samples, demonstrations, or documentation of tools pipelines developed to overcome past challenges 
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively collaborate with team members 
  • Willingness to accept direction, works well under pressure on multiple tasks, and flexible to changes 
  • Must be efficient, reliable, self-motivated and passionate about your work, requiring minimal supervision 
  • Strong organizational, planning, and prioritization skills 
  • Strong storytelling skills with the ability to work on the fly in a fast paced environment 
  • Must have reasonable internet speed at home and be able to remote in from a personal PC to a company-owned PC 
  • (Bonus) Understanding of Photogrammetry and Reality Capture a plus 
  • (Bonus) Experience with Gaea, World Creator, World Machine, or equivalent terrain software 
  • (Bonus) Experience with Virtual Production and LED volume filmmaking 



Due to the requirements of this position, NEP requires as a condition of employment for this position that a candidate be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If a candidate is offered this position with NEP, such offer is contingent on the candidate providing proof of full vaccination status by his or her start date. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, NEP will consider reasonable accommodations to a candidate’s inability to vaccinate due to disability or religious belief, but NEP’s consideration of potential reasonable accommodations does not guarantee commencement of employment. 



Note:

The job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individual with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Due to the requirements of this position, NEP requires as a condition of employment for this position that a candidate be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If a candidate is offered this position with NEP, such offer is contingent on the candidate providing proof of full vaccination status by his or her start date. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, NEP will consider reasonable accommodations to a candidate’s inability to vaccinate due to disability or religious belief, but NEP’s consideration of potential reasonable accommodations does not guarantee commencement of employment.


Benefits:

We are proud of our culture. We believe in treating people with respect and supporting their artistic and professional goals. In addition to working with some of the most talented people on big budget, feature films and AAA games, being a member of NEP Virtual Studios Entertainment entitles you to participation in our Employer Sponsored Benefits: 401k Plan (with matching), Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance (with employer contributions), Group Term Life Insurance, Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Pay, and Employee Assistance Program as well as a number of Voluntary Benefits. NEP Virtual Studios also supports your continued education, training (Studio Arts classes, online training, industry partner events), and career growth opportunities.

At NEP Virtual Studios we celebrate diversity and inclusion. We are committed to an environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Please let us know if you require any accommodation in your application. We believe our success as a company is built on the diversity of our teammates.

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