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VFX Producer - Expression of Interest


We are currently taking VFX Producer expressions of interest for future opportunities in 2020.

Job Purpose:
Responsible, alongside the VFX Supervisor, for strategising, implementing and managing targets and relationships specific to the VFX delivery of a feature film project. Responsible for managing project budget and overseeing the schedule and workflow of the Show Production team. This is a client facing role. Reports to the Executive Producer.

Needs to Do
Key Responsibilities:

Bidding / Client Liaison / Project Delivery
  • Ensure all VFX show deliverables are determined, built into the contracted schedule and delivered on time
  • Liaise directly with the client to ensure work is progressing as per contracted
  • schedule and manage all change orders
  • Generate payment and key milestone schedules
  • Manage client expectations
  • Budget
  • Manage the contracted VFX budget for a feature film project
  • Monitor overall Bid vs Actuals
  • Reports
  • Provide weekly cost and schedule reports to Executive VFX Producer and Head of Production
  • Tracking:
  • Track all turnovers, assets, shots, finals, editorial updates, marketing requests and change orders
  • Internal Communications & Reporting
  • Manage internal communication between the VFX Supervisors, Leads, Heads of Departments and Show Production; and anticipate and communicate issues in order to resolve problems quickly
  • Maintain weekly internal client status reports
  • Scheduling / Resource Management:
  • Maintain oversight of Production Manager’s schedule according to the scope of VFX work required on the show
  • Ensure scheduled targets are being hit; and, if not, troubleshoot and resolve any scheduling conflicts, issues or delays
  • Forecast resource requirements with the VFX Production Manager, VFX Supervisor and Resource Manager to plan an effective and efficient approach to completing the show within contractually agreed deadlines.
  • Manage Show Production Team
  • Set up and maintain best-practice methodology typical of a television VFX pipeline; including client relations, internal communications, scheduling, budgeting, database maintenance, reporting and tracking.
  • Above and Beyond:
  • Positive, upbeat and professional
  • Pro-active and solution-orientated

  • Needs to know and have

    Essential Skills:
    • Good flair for dealing with clients – knows the right tone and urgency without leading to misunderstandings
    • Highly organised and detail-oriented; with first-class time/project management skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • The ability to remain calm and confident in a fast-paced environment
    • Capable of motivating and leading teams on various projects with confidence and clarity
    • Lateral thinking skills
    • Proficient in production database tools e.g. Shotgun

    Essential Experience:

    • Proven experience with VFX workflows, pipelines and turnarounds
    • A minimum of 2 years of experience at a VFX Line Producer level or in a similar senior production role at a VFX facility
    • An in-depth understanding of live-action and CG based VFX workflows, pipeline and schedule
    • Proven track record of client-facing project management and scheduling
    • Responsible for the efficient running of a show through all departments within budget and to contracted deadlines.

    Needs to:

    • Bid the Show
    • Forecast resources for the show using inhouse Forecasting Tools.
    • Schedule & plan resource requirements with the Executive VFX Producer, VFX Supervisor & Head of Production
    • Provide weekly cost and schedule reports to Executive VFX Producer and Head of Production
    • Ensure the VFX team understands the goals and deadlines for assets, shots, sequences and any R&D projects required.
    • Ensure scheduled targets are being met by troubleshooting and resolving any scheduling conflicts, issues or delays.
    • Track turnovers and ensure we are tracking to contract and budget.
    • Track editorial updates & changes ensuring the production database is current and aligned with change orders.
    • Track client change orders and ensure the VFX team are aware of budget changes approved to progress.
    • Ensure the production team is running efficiently by attending reviews, rounds & meetings.
    • Arrange and/or attend senior VFX Supervisor reviews & Director reviews.
    • Ensure artist schedules are being managed efficiently.
    • Approve requested overtime as necessary. Ensure the Production team are managing the amount of overtime pre-approved.
    • Approve artist timesheets and leave

    Requirements are:

    • A minimum of 5 years experience as a Producer in Feature Film VFX.
    • Proven experience successfully Producing large projects within a facility.
    • Onset experience preferred.
    • Excellent knowledge of database systems (preferably Filemaker), Excel & Word.
    • Proven experience managing artists and working with clients.
    • Organized and methodical in approach to work.
    • Clear planning with artists, supervisors & clients.
    • Capable of motivating and leading teams with enthusiasm.
    • Able to troubleshoot & solve problems.
    • Calm and personable under pressure and when working to tight deadlines.

    If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!
    Please register your interest at