What does an FX TD do?
FX TDs make it easier for visual effects (VFX) artists to use effects like explosions, billowing smoke and rushing water. They create these effects for the VFX artists to use in their sequences; they write the computer language scripts that generate the effects. FX TDs build and test software tools for the VFX artists to use and then they incorporate them into a VFX studio’s production pipeline.
All TDs are problem-solvers. Each project presents its own complex obstacles. They stay up-to-date with the latest research and techniques and push software technological boundaries to find ways the make directors’ creative vision a reality on screen. They make sure the effects look consistent and convincing. Effects need to blend in seamlessly with the other VFX and live action components of the film or TV programme.
What’s an FX TD good at?
- Art: have a good eye for detail, know how to make a sequence look good
- Science: have a good understanding of physics, be able to create accurate and believable movement of particles
- Problem-solving: overcome obstacles, use current technology to find new ways to achieve a creative vision
- Knowledge of VFX production pipelines: have a strong understanding of other roles within VFX studios and ensure that FX sequences will fit into the rest of the process and the finished product
- Programming and coding skills: have a high level of technical ability using a variety of relevant software
- Leadership: communicate well with a team of VFX artists, offer support, take direction from a VFX supervisor