Since it’s the beginning of the year and people tend to dust off their cv’s we took to the polls to find out what you wanted to know about the mysterious mystical picking procedures MD’s and Studios go through when interviewing a creative.
The following studios and houses are contributing to this series:
So a BIG thank you to each and everyone of them!
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All right let’s get to these questions first one up.
We typically look for artists with very specific skill-sets and very seldom look for generalists. If it’s animators we’re looking for, we look at animation-skills. If it’s riggers we’re looking for, we look specifically at their rigging skill-set. And so it goes…
Yes. Any other software skills tell me more about the person’s interests and proficiency. Equally, hobbies, like photography, also tell me more.
High degree of self motivation and initiative, ability to collaborate within a team, and strong communications skills are really critical.
Anything that shows a person is creative or the opposite and is technically inclined.
We look for a variety of candidates and other skills like photography, painting or coding is beneficial to the applicant as it shows creativity beyond pushing buttons and how to use a toolset.
Resourcefulness and initiative are probably the biggest factor when considering an employee, what will this candidate bring to the company over the others that are being interviewed.
– Mostly about attitude, with skills secondary
– Always need production , admin skills
– Also new business development, and ability to sell, interact with customers
– Should have 2 or 3 general skill and 1 deep speciality
Drawing prowess, the ability to take instruction and problem-solve.
The Ability to create photo real 3D and Matte paintings. We look for freelance artist that can hold their own as we are independent and self employed and Voodoo is a hub for collaborations of artist and a VFX boutique who renders services to and from suppliers.
It’s not a deal-breaker, but in our experience, most of the talented artists that we’ve employed have come from tertiary institutions. Very few of our CG staff are exclusively self-taught.
It depends on the job. I’m happy to have a self taught artist if their work is good.
We find the portfolio or showreel is a much better indicator of an artist’s skill and potential than a certificate.
It really depends on what you learn or are taught during the diploma or degree. Other areas separate to the tool specific and general animation or vfx principles which can be learnt online like time management, project preparation and project delivery are valuable lessons used in a career.
Working on team projects at a tertiary education institute teaches applicants more than production skills it also aids in bettering soft skills like dealing with decision making and how to approach problems and arguments.
– Important to have solid grounding
– Self taught is also fine, but standards are high
– Schools often mis aligned so yes go to one, but also interact with industry
– Passion for ongoing learning is key
Qualifications are unreliable indicators because course content and instructors change over time, along with their focus, which may not be relevant to the job.
Well when recruiting I judge the ability and skill and not whether the artist knows how to theoretically know how to create but tertiary education is a great way of understanding whether an artist has the ability to handle tasks and understand briefs / instructions.
A good showreel is absolutely key; we will not employ someone without a reel.
This is crucial. The bulk of my decision will be based on work/reel/art/portfolio.
Very important! We look for exceptional skills in the particular position we’re trying to fill, and some evidence of good general skills outside of that.
This has been dealt with on numerous occasions on numerous platforms and websites so not to repeat what is well known but it is very important and should always feature ONLY your best work. Quality over quantity and avoid fluffing out your reel with mediocre work.
– For some positions very, and only way to gauge skill
– Be bright, be brief, no long intros, pans
– Show specific things clearly, and concept sketches, anything that shows talent is useful, even roughs
This is your resume’ if you’re an artist – ditch the paperwork. We look for an understanding of the 12 basic principles and range and depth of skill sets.
– EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. Your reel is your Judgment Day to getting the Job or Not. VFX is a visually creative industry so words means very little.
– When I recruit I look for multi skilled individuals that might have mastered a certain niche or many preferably.
– E.G. If a client calls and asked for buildings that needs to be realistically created according to their designs and these building should evolve from building into cars according to their brand. The Supervisor will do a break down treatment that may imply we need previsualization architectural designers with immaculate 3D designing skills and is impeccably amazing with Nuke, Mudbox, Maya, Arnold rendering and After effects. Visually I will need to vet hence the reel, there after I will look at the resume which should imply 4 plus years of experience in commercial or long form films. Because we a commercial service provider we look for artists that provide speed, efficiency and quality.
For certain disciplines in CG, we require applicants to perform a test.
If your showreel/portfolio is weak it will be hard to overcome it with anything else.
Completing and submitting work for competitions or festivals, getting involved in industry workshops, posting articles, tutorials or videos to help other people.
This is almost impossible if you mean that a showreel and portfolio is the same thing. An online portfolio showing still images is almost as good as the moving picture version but without either I would say there is no way to prove you are capable. We look at a CV to gather information about the artist in more ways than just the education background, work experience and software knowledge but at the end of the day we view the showreel to look at skill.
– Yes show up, make an effort, think of ways to stand out and cut through the noise
– Understand our company and show where you can add value
– Work experience and references
– Taking on jobs to survive shows determination
Offer to reproduce pre-existing animation or animate a new shot.
Team players that have a mature sense of interdependence.
I look for people that have a good work ethic and who are friendly. You do not have to be an extrovert but conducting yourself in an approachable manner goes a long way. Good communication skills and the ability to stay calm under pressure are also necessary.
We look for people who are highly motivated by the work we do at Triggerfish, who hold themselves to high standards of quality in their work and who are able to work well with other people.
We look for traits that are beneficial to employment. An applicant must be able to take direction and accept direction as well as numerous changes to a task. But we also have an array of artists at BlackGinger that range from the most introverted to the most extroverted. If they fit in with the culture and vibe of BlackGinger then they will be successful.
– Ability to take feedback
– Willing to do the hard work x repeat
– Passion and energy
Upbeat attitude, attentiveness and diligence.
Linked in is totally useless. I’m happy for a CV as a document. I’d like to mention that files without names, poor intro emails etc, do frustrate me. I’ve gotten CVs praising our feature films (we haven’t made any), addressed to different companies and other pretty shocking mails.
We have a website where applicants can send in applications or update their details and links to their reels. This helps us a lot to keep track of each individual’s information. We also look at Linkedin profiles, and portfolio sites such as ArtStation and Behance.
LinkedIn is beneficial when it comes to previous work experience as linked companies and previous employers can be referenced easily and even ones own connections can be contacted for referrals. As a student applying for work it doesn’t have any advantages over a simple online CV. The simpler the ingestion of information for the viewer the better and some online portfolio sites have buttons and links that need to be clicked to gather the information. Show more buttons are my biggest annoyance, just show me the information in a way you want me to ingest it.
– Yes but make it easy of us to access
– Put extra effort into polishing all your profiles
Professional spam. A personalized approach is more likely to receive a response.
– Sure it has helped when we are really desperate but mostly pending on what we need we call up other producers for recommendations or call up artists we have worked with previously.
– At the moment I prefer www.pixelsmithstudios.com
Not really. I might give a quick glance at social media just to see if you’re on trial for armed robbery.
We might look for a person’s profile on facebook, especially if we haven’t worked with them before, in order to get an idea of what interests them.
I will have a quick look at an applicants profile to get a general feel of his/her character if it is even possible with their privacy settings but I won’t go out of my way to “friend” an applicant to look at every event since their birth.
– We do check people out and can get a sense of who they are so be careful
Binge-drinking and online drama are anything but deal-breakers in our studio.
It does help, since it is valuable to have a person who can do more than one role. Its important to indicate what role you played on what clips in your reel.
Only after first demonstrating the specific skills required for the position.
I wouldn’t say an advantage but having a few examples of work that the applicant has an understanding for the entire pipeline goes a long way.
Just remember the golden rule. DO NOT put anything on the showreel that might imply you do not care for quality. Including a below average model to show that you know how to use Maya is worse for your reel than not including it. Everything on your reel is a reflection of what you consider quality. In your application make sure the specific position you are applying for has the most examples showing your ability in that skill set.
– ( As above) We do check people out and can get a sense of who they are so be careful
Showcasing proficiency in numerous techniques broadens your employment opportunity for other gigs, but promote yourself by your primary skill set, especially if it’s related to the position.
I’m not so sure about actual demand within the wider context of the local industry, but we’re more or less always looking for experienced riggers, lighters and FX artists and it’s been quite challenging to find them
Yes, VFX and Lighting in Houdini is in very high demand. I get tons and tons of mails from people who want to do character design, but I’m usually looking for Houdini artists…
It depends from year to year, but in general people with both creative and technical abilities are always at an advantage. We find good Zbrush artists, Riggers, Lighters, Compositors are less common, and so they are often in demand.
Compositing – at BlackGinger we are always in demand of good compositors. We use Nuke but have had a few AE artists that transitioned well due to the fact they knew about the art of compositing and not just how to push the buttons. This is mostly due to the fact we currently have a high volume of 2D comp work and most of our feature film work is comp based.
– Low poly 3D
– 2d Toon Boom
– Game design / concept development
– Production management
– Business development
The demand for specialist trades fluctuate within and between studios.
A big thank you again to all the MD’s, Studios and Production houses, go have a look at their websites and profiles below.
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