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.
• 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
• 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.
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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.
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.
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 always looking for creative, smart and highly motivated aspiring Editors. Proficiency in Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and After Effects is a must.
Duties include assisting 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.