Environment Lead

  • Film
  • Melbourne, Australia

Environment Lead

Job description

Framestore Melbourne has an exciting opportunity for an Environment Lead! 

The Environment Lead will lead a team responsible for creating photo-real digital environments for high end visual effects shots through the use of 3D CGI techniques which include: modeling, procedural geometry and scene assemblies, texturing, shading and lookdev, lighting, rendering and matte painting. 


  • Manage and mentor a team

  • Creating photo-realistic digital matte paintings, textures and models or collaborating with specialists in those disciplines as required

  • Assembling models, digital matte paintings, textures, projections and lights into a CG scene for rendering

  • Troubleshooting technical issues with the CG scene and optimising the renders to work within the resources available

  • Working with a shot Compositor to assemble renders and projections in a compositing application

  • Working to develop the look of a shot, assets or sequence with the Visual Effects and CG Supervisors

  • Lighting and scene assembly for other shots or assets as required, including characters and animation

  • Identifying the best approach for matching the quality of the plate photography

  • Communicating with production on a regular basis in regards to schedules and deadlines

  • Working in partnership with other departments to ensure that shots are delivered to the highest possible standard

Job requirements

  • Qualifications: Degree / Diploma aligning to the position
  • 5 years full time work experience will substitute formal qualifications if none are available
  • At least 4 years previous experience working in a film VFX pipeline
  • Experience providing leadership and feedback to other artists
  • 3D Generalist skills
  • Strong knowledge of Photoshop, Nuke
  • Strong knowledge of Maya, Houdini or other comparable DCC packages
  • Modeling, UV layout and texturing skills
  • Look development and Lighting with emphasis on environment scenes
  • A strong understanding of the entire VFX process
  • Good communication and organisational skills
  • Creative problem solving abilities
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Able to take direction well and work as part of a team
  • Able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines while maintaining high quality results

Desirable Skills:

  • Previous experience as a Lead
  • Experience with a wide range of generalist software used to create digital environments and matte paintings
  • Previous experience with 2.5 D workflow
  • Artistic skills in digital matte painting
  • Experience with volumetric rendering for clouds and atmosphere
  • A traditional arts background with an emphasis on photo-realism and environments
  • Previous experience working on a computer with the Linux operating system
  • An understanding of cutting edge technology in the field such as photogrammetry and photo based 3D reconstruction