Fulltime Jobs
Freelance Opportunities
Internships
Optimus is a special place. Working here full-time is a privilege. It is rare that we have job openings to post, but if we do they are below.

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CHICAGO
Our "home base" in Chicago is where it all started. Now home to over 70 full-time employees with creative services from soup to nuts, we are the literal interpretation of an "under-one-roof" model.

We are always on the lookout for creative talent who want to do the best work of their careers in the greatest city in America.

Today's creative community requires flexibility. Dependable freelance talent allows us to take on jobs when we are already busy, and take on jobs that demand extra help beyond what we have available. We love building relationships with talented creatives and we are happy to bring in people who help us deliver amazing work to our clients.
  • Flame Artist
  • Optimus is looking for a motivated, enthusiastic, and experienced Flame artist to take on a leadership role doing Finishing and VFX work in Chicago. We are an established company with full production and post services including editorial, color, VFX, finishing and design.

    Responsibilities:
    • Finishing high-end commercial work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced, client-supervised environment
    • Collaborating and working closely with producers, agency creatives, editors and other Optimus departments
    • Overseeing VFX projects from initial client meetings and bidding through on-set supervision and final compositing

    Skills and Experience:
    • Hands-on finishing and compositing
    • Visually creative, organized, strong problem-solving skills
    • Can engage and communicate effectively with clients
    • Knowledge of and experience with color grading techniques
    • Excellent understanding of techniques related to CG rendering and compositing

    Ideal candidates should possess skills in the 3 C's: Conform, Composite, & Color with a minimum of 3 years experience in commercial post-production.

    This is a freelance opening with the potential for a full-time staff position, based on performance and integration into our culture and workflow.

    Email Resume to:

     

  • 2D/3D Motion Designer
  • Applicants with 2-5 years of professional experience in design and animation are preferred. Students and entry-level artists should steer their portfolios to our internship program.

    Proficiency in After Effects and/or Cinema 4D is a must. Maya, Real Flow or Final Cut experience is a bonus. Show us your talents by sharing your [required] online reel. Don't be shy about your specific strengths - alert us to your prowess in character animation, typography, photo-real CGI, etc. You must be able to work quickly and take direction from Optimus leaders and clients. While we love meeting new people, we'd much rather rely on (and continue to call on) people we like and trust. Divas need not apply. Please include your general day rate and any other considerations you think may apply.

  • Styleframe Artist
  • Applicants with 2-5 years of professional experience in concept art and storyboarding are preferred.

    We are looking for people who are able to help tell a "story" with a single image or a short series of images. An online portfolio is required. Because many of our clients are telling "brand" stories, you must be able to find creative ways to showcase the artistic side of a brand. Artists should be able to work independently or remotely, but on occasion on-site work might be required. Please be specific about how you prefer to work, about when you are comfortable showing works-in-progress, and your general pace for turning around work. Artists should be expected to work quickly and to take direction from Optimus leaders. Please include your rates and any other considerations you think may apply.

  • Assistant Editors
  • Applicants with 2-3 years of professional experience working as an Assistant Editor within a commercial post-production facility are preferred. Students and entry-level editors should steer their inquiries to our internship program.

    We are looking for creative, smart and highly motivated aspiring Editors. Proficiency in both Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro is a must, while familiarity with Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Adobe Premiere is a big plus.

    Duties include assisting Offline Editors, and other Assistant Editors, on all manner of creative editorial projects, primarily for agency clients. Responsibilities include transcoding multiple HD file formats, logging and loading of dailies footage, rough cutting, graphic creation and integration, music and sound design acquisition, web encoding/posting, finish prep, and fostering close communication with post producers and other post operators regarding project workflow, schedule and priorities. Client service and rapport is also crucial part of the job.

    In sum, the position requires the ability to multi-task, deliver under pressure, communicate effectively and to play well with others. A positive attitude and a sense of humor go a long way too.

    Please note: Freelance terms vary greatly depending on the current project workload and staffing needs.

For over 15 years, Optimus has provided paid internships to college students, recent grads and anyone interested in learning more on the ground floor. Many of these interns have used this early education as a first step to a career, including quite a few who have stayed with us and have worked nowhere else. Current opportunities are below:
  • General Internship
  • Optimus has three internship sessions a year, each lasting about 4 months. Interns are here anywhere from 2-5 days a week (depending on their schedule and ours--we're flexible). Interns work 8 hours a day with 1/2 hour for lunch. We typically have 3-4 interns here each day. Internships are a paid position and in addition can also be performed for credit.

    We will begin accepting resumes for the SESSION (which runs - in CHICAGO ONLY) on . Check this site for specific updates about the application process.

    We will accept submissions for two weeks only.




    Please Note: Unfortunately, due to the large demand for internship positions each session, we are not able to offer every applicant an interview or a position.

    About half of an intern's day (non-consecutive) is spent performing various client service and technical support tasks. This includes stocking client refrigerators, picking up lunches for clients, running errands to agencies and other post houses, and generally being available and willing to take care of whatever comes up. Their contributions are invaluable to the smooth operation of our facility.

    The remaining half of the day may be used however an intern desires. We encourage interns to observe edit sessions, ask questions and when possible, shadow assistant editors as they perform their tasks. Unfortunately, due to equipment and personnel constraints there are few opportunities for actual hands-on learning.

    By the end of an internship, interns should have received a very good overview of the workings of a full service production/post-production facility. This includes exposure to all of our departments: Production, Off-Line, Color Transfer, Graphics, Audio, On-Line, as well as Interactive, Producing, Shipping and the Tape Library. This conceptual understanding includes not only the technical aspects of postproduction, but also a look at the equally important interpersonal dimensions and business operations of the field. In short, interns get as much out of the experience as they put in to it.

    Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

    General Internship Coordinator
  • Engineering Internship
  • Optimus is currently accepting applications to an Engineering Internship program.

    We're looking for someone with a serious interest in the behind-the-scenes technical design, development, and support of a post-production environment. This intern will work side-by-side with our engineering and IT staff.

    Applicants should be available 3 or more days a week and work 8 hours a day with 1/2 hour for lunch. Internships are a paid position and in addition can also be performed for credit.

    As an engineering intern, daily tasks will change depending on ongoing projects. These include the planning and installation of new equipment, computer hardware and software support, maintenance of video and audio gear, IT networking, and general troubleshooting alongside our editors and artists.




    Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

    Ken Winke
    Engineering Internship Coordinator