The FX TD is responsible for creating photorealistic “FX,” (usually some natural phenomena such as fire, water, explosions, etc), using Maya and/or Houdini and any proprietary Method technology or third-party technology. They should have a good understanding of how to manage large data sets and complex renders. They should be familiar with the latest techniques and technologies, and have a deep understanding of one or more specialties. They should be adept in one or more FX packages, as well as being able to develop entire tools or production pipelines, as required by the project. The FX TD is also required to develop a deep understanding of the Method pipeline and work within it.


  • Managing software and tools development
  • Using tools and software developed in-house, proprietary tools, or off-the-shelf software, render photo-realistic FX for film
  • Must be adept at balancing the creation of final renders for shots with building/maintaining systems for creating shots
  • Must work within the Method pipeline and publish tools and scripts as prescribed
  • Must manage his or her disc space to fit within quota
  • Must create systems that minimize render times
  • Must follow the creative direction of the production communicated by his/her leads and supervisors
  • Will need to balance creative requests with the resources available
  • Ability to work in a team environment under tight deadlines


  • Minimum two-year experience as a TD
  • Strong knowledge of Houdini or Maya
  • Tool building and scripting knowledge an asset
  • Knowledge of other “dynamics” packages/tools such as DMM, Realflow, Nyaid, etc., an asset
  • Knowledge of Nuke and Photoshop an asset
  • Good artistic skills
  • Some scripting skills an asset
  • Python
  • hscript, mel, bash
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
  • Able to take directions and adaptable to change
  • Good at improvising and problem-solving
  • Linux experience preferred
  • Computer science degree or some other advanced training an asset

About Method Studios

Method Studios is an award-winning international visual effects group with facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, London, Sydney and Melbourne. As an artist-driven company known for its creativity, we service high-end feature film, commercial, television, games and motion graphics clients in the global marketplace.