VFX Producer

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!

Location: New Zealand

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