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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 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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Senior Modeller - Freelance

We are looking for a Senior Modeler to join our team here on a freelance basis at The Mill. Idealy you will have been in a similar role giving direction to a team for around 5 years or more. We are pretty open as to whether that is in film, game, feature animation or TV - so long as you have the right skills that we are looking for.

You will have a clear understanding of the modelling process and you will have the ability to interpret designs and accurately match reference material. You will be confident enough in your technical ability to be able to troubleshoot problems. As you would probably expect we need someone with excellant polygon and subdivision surface modeling skills and the ability to manage UV's. On top of this you will also have the ability to create blendshapes.

You will be used to creating charecters (organic and hard surface digital models). We will also expect you to have strong anatomy knowledge for both humans and creatures with a good level of sculpting organic forms. A solid understanding of posing in motion will also be required. We are really looking for someone with a strong artistic eye.

We tend to use Zbrush and Mudbox here at The Mill - so ideally you will be up to scratch on both. We expect that as a Senior Modeler you will also have an excellant understanding of texturing, topology and meshflow including basic rigging techniques. 

Apply for Senior Modeller - Freelance

Rigging TD - Freelance

We are currently looking for freelance Rigging TD's to join our 3D team in our London office. 

Experience rigging characters and creatures in Maya is essential.

Strong python-scripting skills are required, and good modelling-skills are a plus. 

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

Apply for Rigging TD - Freelance

Freelance FX Artist

We are currently looking for a experienced FX artist for our London office.

We require someone able to work autonomously in a fast paced environment to deliver an extremely high level of work. You will have a keen eye for detail, excellent communication skills and technical knowledge and have relevant experience in a commercials environment.

Please attach CV and show reels with an accompanying shot breakdown.

We can only consider applicants who have current work permits/visas for the UK

Apply for Freelance FX Artist

3D Modeller - Freelance

We are currently looking for a freelance Modeller to join our 3D team. 

We are looking for someone who has experience working in a fast paced environment, who's comfortable working with clients and has a keen eye for detail. Experience working on commercials is preferred.

Please attach your CV and showreel. 

Apply for 3D Modeller - Freelance

Cinema 4D Artist

The Mill is looking for a Cinema 4D Artist to join our Motion Design Studio.

Experience working on commercials is preferred but not essential.

If you would like to find out more please submit your CV and link to your portfolio below.  

Apply for Cinema 4D Artist

Animator - Freelance

We are currently looking for freelance Animators to join our 3D team in our London office.

Experience in commercials is preferred and you must have atleast 3 years experience working as an Animator in a professional environment. 

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

Apply for Animator - Freelance

Nuke Compositors - Freelance

We are currently looking for Mid and Senior level Nuke Compositors to join our London office.

We require someone who is able to work autonomously in a fast paced environment to deliver an extremely high level of work. You should be comfortable working with clients, have a keen eye for detail, excellent communication skills and technical knowledge and also have relevant experience in a commercial, film or TV environment. 

Please attach your CV and showreel. Reels must be accompanied with a detailed shot breakdown.

Apply for Nuke Compositors - Freelance

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

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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.

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Dynamics and Particles FX TD

We are looking for a Dynamics and Particles FX Specialist to work on challenging effects for our commercials department in New York.

With a constant throughput of different FX, we require an artist who can rise to the challenge of complex problem solving within a team environment using a variety of commercial software tools.

The position of Dynamics and Particles FX Specialist requires someone with a thorough knowledge of 3D Computer Graphics, with several years of experience in a similar role in commercials.

The successful applicant will be adaptable and thrive in a team atmosphere.

Requirements:

  • Good knowledge of Houdini, Real Flow, Maya fluid dynamics, Fume FX, and FX scripting
  • Effects animation experience
  • Familiarity with Mental Ray preferred
  • Experience in producing effects such as smoke, fire, clouds, water, steam, dust and explosions
  • A good general TD BG is desirable
  • Pro-active
  • Technically adept

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Matte Painter

The Mill New York 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

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

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

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Nuke artist

We are currently looking for a freelance Nuke Compositor for immediate start.

We require someone who is able to work both in a team and on their own in a fast paced environment, delivering a high level of compositing predominantly for our commercials department. 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.

Apply for Nuke artist

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

Lighting TD

We are currently looking for an experienced Lighting TD for immediate start.

We require someone who is able to work both in a team and on their own in a fast paced environment, delivering a high level of work for our commercials department. 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.

Apply for Lighting 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 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

Flame Artist

The Mill Chicago office is recruiting a Flame Artist. The successful candidate should be highly visually creative with an excellent knowledge of visual effects techniques and the software and hardware they operate. 

Responsibilities include simple conforms through to managing complete jobs involving numerous complex compositions using both 2D and 3D elements, attending pre-production meetings and managing large workloads to be delivered on tight deadlines.  A Mill Flame Artist is also expected to have a detailed knowledge of complex visual effects to the extent that they can attend shoots and advise upon the most effective ways to shoot for special effects. 

Ideal candidates must also have the confidence and ability to lead meetings with clients, co-coordinating and guiding them through a group creative process, often with a great deal of diplomacy to achieve a result which is satisfactory to all.

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CG Generalist

Our new studio in Chicago is looking for a motivated and skilled CG generalist.


The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years experience in the advertising industry with an in-depth understanding of modelling, texturing, and lighting.

We are looking for people with the ability to problem solve on one's own, while similarly able to work in and lead a team.

Apply for CG Generalist

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.

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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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