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Of course, at The Mill we are biased, but we think that the visual effects industry is one of the most dynamic you can work in. It's fun, creative, hard work, rewarding and full of very clever and talented people.  You get to work across an incredible range of diverse projects and create moving image for commercials, television programmes, movies and online virals - in fact for any screen you can think of. The only limitation is your imagination.

Right now the VFX industry needs new and young talent, so if you are creative and tech-savvy, it could be the career for you.

The skill set you need to work in visual effects combines various disciplines: you'll need to have a problem-solving mind; enjoy technologies - computer and engineering; have a strong affinity with maths and science, and finally, an artistic and creative aptitude.

 

Open Evenings

We are continuously looking for new talent with the desire to work in the VFX industry and are always on the hunt to encourage new talent into the industry.

Our Open Evenings are aimed at those who are passionate about the VFX industry, but are unsure of how to get that foot in the door. We can help!

The evening will be a chance for you to meet like-minded people as well as some of The Mill's leading talent who will be able to guide you through what to put in your showreels (and what not!), what entry level positions are available as well as lots of their own work which you can pick their brains about.

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter, your CV and any relevant work via email to runners.recruitment@themill.com with 'Open Evening' in the tagline.

 

Learning News

We have been working alongside Skillset, an independent UK-wide organisation that works with both industry and government to identify and tackle the skills and productivity needs of creative industries throughout the UK.

A successful collaboration with Skillset, Archer's Mark, UK Screen Association and various UK VFX companies has resulted in these two films which explain more about our industry, what it needs and how you can be a part of it:

Click here to view the Skillset VFX Careers film for 10 year olds plus

Click here to view the Skillset VFX Careers film for 15 year olds plus

 

 

 

The Mill London

We are always interested in hearing from people across all disciplines and levels who are keen to work at The Mill.  Please send through your CV and URL to recruitment@themill.com

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Flame Assist

We are currently looking for 2D Flame Assists to join our 2D team in our London office. We are ideally looking for Assists specialising in Flame. 

Please attach CV, show reels with an accompanying shot breakdown and your current availability.

Apply for Flame Assist

Senior Producer

We are looking for a Senior Producer within a post-production environment and with proven people skills.

The main areas of responsibility for this role will first and foremost be client service and client retention. It is the producer's function and responsibility to enable clients to get the best service from The Mill in preparation to post-production, in post-production, and in the follow up to post-production. In addition, the Smoke Producer will have responsibility for quoting, negotiation, billing, line production and managing resources.

Apply for Senior Producer

The Mill New York

We are always interested in hearing from people across all disciplines and levels who are keen to work at The Mill.  Please send through your CV and URL to recruitment.ny@themill.com

Apply for The Mill New York

Runner

We are looking for a highly motivated runner for our NY office.

The position of runner exposes you to every department and best equips you for choosing your own career path. Runners hold a key client service role, providing the highest standards of assistance and support to both internal and external clients, and ensuring first-rate hospitality. We are very keen to hear from you if you are an enthusiastic, hard-working, talented individual with a passion for creative digital media and visual effects. Our preference would be for media graduates or candidates with relevant experience in other areas of the industry.

Due to the volume of applications we receive we regret that only those shortlisted will be contacted.

Apply for Runner

Compositing TD

We are currently seeking a Compositing TD to join our 2D Department.  The role requires strong technical and communication skills, as well as a firm understanding of compositing, color theory and production workflows, within Nuke and the 2D deparment. The ideal candidate will be an excellent compositor with a solid technical background.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the Heads of 2D and Lead Artists to Develop tools for the 2D department
  • Design and create custom Nuke Gizmos and tools
  • Create and maintain documentation of compositing tools for compositors
  • Troubleshoot problem scripts and render difficulties
  • Analyse and design systems and practices to develop and improve the 2D Department
Requirements
  • At least 5+ years of experience of Compositing with Nuke in a Linux environment
  • A strong creative eye and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to understand how an artist thinks
  • Strong coding experience in Nuke's Python
  • Solid understanding of color management
  • Strong technical and communication skills
  • Knowledge of C++ and other languages is a plus
  • Knowledge of other software such as Maya, and Softimage a plus

Apply for Compositing TD

VFX Producer

We are currently looking for an experienced Producer to join our commercials production department.

The ideal candidate for this varied and customer-focused role will have several years of experience in VFX post production for commercials.

Responsibilities include quoting and advising on high end VFX work, along with maintaining our current excellent client relationships.  An understanding of, and interest in, new trends and developments in the wider field is essential.

Apply for VFX Producer

VFX Supervisor

The NY office is currently looking for Lead VFX Supervisors with at least 7-10 years experience.  CG Lead artists are key elements of our creative team, and the ideal candidates will possess the following skills and capabilities. 

Responsibilities
·         Is able to manage large projects and coordinate the VFX output and quality control, from initial conception to completion of the project.
·         Must work closely with other departments, such as 2D, design and production.
·         Must work closely with the client to ensure the clients' requirements are met and that the client is guided effectively through the creative process.
·         Works as a shoot attend, advising production and clients on set and all areas of on-set supervision.
·         Liaise with the London and Los Angeles offices to encourage knowledge sharing, planning and cohesion.
·         Must continually research, develop and adapt new and current ideas and techniques to ensure they remain innovative and at the forefront of our industry.
·         Must represent The Mill within and externally such as industry events.
 
Skills and Experience:
·         Minimum 7 years experience, preferably in commercials
·         Must be client facing.
·         Degree in computer graphics preferred
·         Advanced knowledge of Maya or XSI crucial
·         Mental Ray and Arnold preferred
·         Linux operating systems knowledge as well as experience of OSX and Windows.
·         Advanced knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, and ideally Nuke
·         An understanding of all facets of 3D, i.e. hair dynamics, animation rigging/set-up and CG character animation, modelling, texturing and lighting.

Apply for VFX Supervisor

Receptionist

The Receptionist will answer phones, greet clients and visitors and sort incoming and outgoing mail.  He or she will also perform a number of other administrative duties such as appointment scheduling, preparing documents and letters and managing conference room calendars.  The receptionist also assists other employees in handling overflow work, and may be called on to stand in for absent employees in an administrative capacity.

Responsibilities:

Reception:

  • Operate a heavy switchboard to provide professional reception cover at all times
  • Welcome and direct all callers/clients in a professional and friendly manner
  • Notify appropriate staff members of client arrivals
  • Keep up with the fast pace of a post house
  • Ensure reception area is tidy and well presented at all times
  • Suggest ways to improve reception procedures
  • Channel all internal and external client needs to appropriate department

 Administration:

  • Provide front line security by ensuring all individuals are permitted onsite and immediately report issues to management
  • Help prepare and book travel for staff - includes car and accommodation bookings
  • Assist with preparation of job worksheets
  • Schedule conference rooms and call lines
  • Track artist hours on a daily basis
  • Help prepare and or execute catering orders
  • Update online company directory with US employee demographics
  • Assist in ordering and setting up of office events
  • Help decorate office for in house events
  • Provide assistance to other departments on clerical projects, as requested

 Required skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Strong ability to multitask
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Experience of working with teams and colleagues to achieve team objectives
  • Be a role model and ambassador for the team both internally and externally
  • Demonstrate strong problems solving skill, i.e. identify issues, recommend and implement solutions
  • Take direction well and communicate guidance effectively throughout team
  • Ability to sustain a polite and helpful approach
  • Demonstrate own initiative for success
  • Previous experience working in a reception role with customer service

Enthusiastic, bright and sunny personality a must!

Apply for Receptionist

Senior Nuke Compositor

We are currently looking for talented Senior Nuke Compositors for immediate start.  We require someone who is able to work both in a team and on their own in a fast paced environment.  You will have a keen eye for detail, excellent communication skills and technical knowledge and have relevant experience in a commercial, film or TV environment.

Key Responsibilities:

•     Work closely with the VFX Supervisor, VFX Producer, and lead CG artists.

•     Problem-solve complex compositing issues using Nuke within a VFX pipeline.

•     Work with clients to help visualize and create their shots.

•     Research, develop and adapt new and current ideas and techniques.

 

Qualifications:

•     Senior Level Lead Nuke Compositor.  Minimum 5 years compositing experience.

•     Advanced level of knowledge compositing 3D elements.

•     Understanding of VFX pipeline

•     Shoot experience a plus

•     Stereoscopic experience a plus

•     Flame experience a major plus

Apply for Senior Nuke Compositor

R&D Generalist

C/C++, Python, MEL, PyQt.

Use and specification: Development Tools, Build systems, Repositories.

API experience: Maya, Softimage, Houdini, Massive, Mental-Ray, Arnold, Nuke.

Pipeline experience at shot and system level, Plugin/Shader authoring,
Linux friendly. Database experience an asset.

Apply for R&D Generalist

The Mill LA

We are always interested in hearing from people across all disciplines and levels who are keen to work at The Mill.  Please send through your CV and URL to recruitment.la@themill.com

Apply for The Mill LA

Runner

We are looking for a highly motivated runner for our LA office.

The position of runner exposes you to every department and best equips you for choosing your own career path. Runners hold a key client service role, providing the highest standards of assistance and support to both internal and external clients, and ensuring first-rate hospitality. We are very keen to hear from you if you are an enthusiastic, hard-working, talented individual with a passion for creative digital media and visual effects. Our preference would be for media graduates or candidates with relevant experience in other areas of the industry.

 

Due to the volume of applications we receive we regret that only those shortlisted will be contacted.

Apply for Runner

Flame Assist

The Mill LA is looking for a Flame Assist to support our busy commercials studio.

A 2D Assist for Flame acts as the right hand person to a Flame Artist, often literally working side by side with them.  They require the same attributes as a senior artist, which is to be highly visually creative and organised with an excellent knowledge of visual effects techniques and the corresponding software and hardware used in support of the same.

Apply for Flame Assist

Matte Painter

The Mill LA is looking for an experienced, talented Digital Matte Painter to work across various projects in the department.

Successful applicants must have expert working knowledge of photoshop along with experience of working in the VFX industry experience as a digital matte painter in a feature film, tv or commercials environment

You must have experience creating digital paintings of photo realistic environments based on concept art and/or photo reference, with demonstrable experience integrating matte painting's into 3D environments using Maya and/or Nuke.

Apply for Matte Painter

VFX Producer

We are currently looking for an experienced Producer to join our commercials production department.

The ideal candidate for this varied and customer-focused role will have several years of experience in VFX post production for commercials and have an understanding of international versioning as well as high end visual effects origination.

The duties include:

  • Quoting and advising on high end VFX work
  • Quoting and advising on multiple fast turnaround adaptation work
  • Ensuring correct scheduling of sessions
  • Keeping abreast of new techniques and equipment available on-site and managing facility resources to ensure use is to the fullest. 
  • Understanding of, and interest in, new trends and developments in the wider field is essential.
  • Reconciling and billing all costs as per client requirements and internal standards.
  • Answering client technical queries or liaising with operators or technical staff to obtain and provide requested information
  • Maintaining our current excellent client relationships

Apply for VFX Producer

The Mill Chicago

We are always interested in hearing from people across all disciplines and levels who are keen to work at The Mill. Please send through your CV and URL to recruitment.chi@themill.com

VFX Producer

We are currently looking for an experienced Producer to join our commercials production department.

The ideal candidate for this varied and customer-focused role will have several years of experience in VFX post production for commercials and have an understanding of international versioning as well as high end visual effects origination.

The duties include:

  • Quoting and advising on high end VFX work
  • Quoting and advising on multiple fast turnaround adaptation work
  • Ensuring correct scheduling of sessions
  • Keeping abreast of new techniques and equipment available on-site and managing facility resources to ensure use is to the fullest. 
  • Understanding of, and interest in, new trends and developments in the wider field is essential.
  • Reconciling and billing all costs as per client requirements and internal standards.
  • Answering client technical queries or liaising with operators or technical staff to obtain and provide requested information
  • Maintaining our current excellent client relationships

Apply for VFX Producer

Runner

We are looking for a highly motivated runner for our Chicago office.

The position of runner exposes you to every department and best equips you for choosing your own career path. Runners hold a key client service role, providing the highest standards of assistance and support to both internal and external clients, and ensuring first-rate hospitality. We are very keen to hear from you if you are an enthusiastic, hard-working, talented individual with a passion for creative digital media and visual effects. Our preference would be for media graduates or candidates with relevant experience in other areas of the industry.

Due to the volume of applications we receive we regret that only those shortlisted will be contacted.

Apply for Runner

Art Director

The role of The Mill Art Director is one of leadership, team building, and creative ingenuity. The AD is someone who can build on our already beautiful aesthetic by creating engaging, thoughtful commercial advertisements.

  • The Art Director will help provide direction to generate inspirational, conceptual and creative ideas through the design team.
  • Working with the CD and existing Design and After Effects department, the AD will create a solid, productive and award winning creative team, constantly improving and refining creative output.
  • The role will involve project leadership, and will include conceptualizing and origination of design briefs, and execution of the work, be it 2D/3D animation and Motion Graphics.
  • He or she will work with the CD to provide & develop design solutions.
  • He or she will also create, design and animate where necessary, in collaboration with others or individually to suit the task at hand.
  • Review and evaluate all creative output with CD.
  • Supervise and inspire the creative team to produce outstanding work.
  • Help to motivate, manage and produce effective results across the design department alongside the CD, providing senior support where necessary.
  • Be involved throughout the project, ensuring a reliable contact with clients and the team to deliver results that meets and exceeds expectations. 
  • Present concepts and design ideas to clients, listening to feedback and making recommendations where appropriate.
  • Stay ahead and up-to-date with current trends, wants and needs of the consumer, clients, and help coordinate deliverables using the best resources and talent available.

REQUIREMENTS      

  • Minimum 3-5 years of Art Direction
  • Ability to work with directors, modelers, producers and designers
  • Capability to lead projects from concept to completion
  • Clear presentations skills to inspire the creative team and to present company goals and creative vision
  • Ability to translate concepts into creative design
  • Ability to mentor junior staff
  • Flawless presentation skills
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Affect Effects
  • Experience with teams of 2D and 3D

Apply for Art Director

Facilities Manager

The Facilities Manager services both internal and external Mill clients to the highest standard ensuring a top quality facility experience.  Key responsibilities will be to ensure the entire facility is running like clockwork, and kept looking premium at all times. They will be responsible for managing the day to day purchasing and inventory operations at the Mill.

This individual will be responsible for The Mill's building infrastructure and will manage and set the cost of these services with a designated budget.  Working had in hand with the Engineering team, along with the Client Service, and Marketing team will also be a key component in helping execute projects, events, and any other logistical task that may arise.


Responsibilities:

Building Infrastructure and Facilities
• Undertake projects as assigned - e.g. internal office moves, repairs to facility, purchasing of equipment
• Project management, supervising and coordinating work of contractors
• Responsible for the Mill's infrastructure - maintaining the installation, plumbing, fixtures, furniture, and fittings
• Inventory and purchasing control of all items from F&B to office supplies
• Deliver brand innovation and concept execution from cycle of service to enhancements
• Liaising with, and maintaining relationships with specialist consultants and vendors
• Health and safety management, be proactive member of H&S committee
• Maintain and Manage security of equipment, property and employees
• Single point of contact for building management representatives
• Maintain all office equipment - including copiers, printers and fax
• Coordinating work of all external contractors

Required skills, knowledge and experience:
• A hands on collaborative management style with a calm approach
• Provide direction and guidance to ensure company goals are being met
• Ability to act as a liaison between key service areas and departments
• Adopt a helpful, flexible and adaptable style to maintain relationships
• Functional understanding of mechanical and non mechanical building services
• Recommend creative ways to problem solve issue and encourage team cohesion
• Proactive approach to making decisions and communicating these effectively
• Strong leadership qualities to promote direction in a highly motivated team
• Ability to manage a team of client focused individuals with a view to high end customer service, internally and externally
• Experience in catering and facility management
• Service industry/boutique hotel experience
• Maintain and monitor costs and budgets

Apply for Facilities Manager

Our Runners are our future talent.

The position of runner exposes you to every department and best equips you for choosing your own career path. Runners hold a key client service role, providing the highest standards of assistance and support to both internal and external clients, and ensuring first-rate hospitality.

We are very keen to hear from you if you are an enthusiastic, hard-working, talented individual with a passion for creative digital media and visual effects. Our preference would be for media graduates or candidates with relevant experience in other areas of the industry.

To apply for the position of runner, please send a covering letter and CV outlining your experience and strengths to:

runners.recruitment@themill.com

Due to the volume of applications we receive we regret that only those shortlisted will be contacted.

We are able to offer a select few talented individuals a two-month internship programme to gain invaluable experience working in our world-class digital media and visual effects environment prior to the completion of a degree course. The programme is available in London, New York and Los Angeles on presentation of a valid work permit or visa.

For a place on the programme you must be entering your final year of study at college or university in one of the following fields:

  • 3D & Animation
  • Compositing, Roto-scoping, Matte Painting, etc.
  • Digital Interactive
  • Design and Illustration
  • Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry

Our internships run throughout the year, and encompass Design, Digital Interactive, Animation, 2D, 3D, Colour Grading and Production. If successful, you will be assigned a mentor who will provide support, guidance and training and you will be given the opportunity to work on fast-paced, creatively challenging projects across all media.

Please apply via email to: internship@themill.com with a CV and covering letter outlining the area in which you are most interested and why you have chosen The Mill. If applicable, include your current showreel and shot breakdown.

We regret that due to the volume of applications we receive only those shortlisted will be contacted.

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London

11-14 Windmill Street,
London, W1T 2JG

Tel: +44 20 7287 4041

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New York

451 Broadway, 4th/5th/6th Floor,
New York, NY, 10013

Tel: +1 212 337 3210
Fax: +1 646 432 8958

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Los Angeles

3233 S. La Cienega Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA, 90016

Tel: +1 310 566 3111
Fax: +1 310 566 3144

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Chicago

54 West Hubbard Street, Suite 502,
Chicago, IL, 60654

Tel: +1 312 605 8900
Fax: +1 312 822 0882

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