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C4D Artist C4D Artistfull-time
The C4D Artist must have in-depth 3D knowledge and the ability to devise and create complex models and effects to an exceptional standard. They must demonstrate a true understanding of the subtleties of modelling, the texture of surfaces, the lighting of 3D creations, the ability to seamlessly bed an effect into a scene and a talent for creating the appropriate pace and character for the narrative.



The Mill covers a broad range of creative output so the C4D Artist will work in context for broadcast, film media, installations and digital creative simultaneously. He/she will lead meetings with clients and attend shoots to advise upon the most effective ways to shoot for high-end motion graphics.



The C4D Artist will represent The Mill at international VFX and 3DI conferences networking with potential clients to procure new business and sourcing and advising potential talent regarding future work opportunities at The Mill.



The C4D Artist must be able to assess the essential needs of the Creative staff, project specific direction, multi-disciplinary approach to creative output.







Responsibilities:



Work in coordination with Senior artists, under the supervision of the Head of Motion Design, to grow and develop the business, as well as implement working methodologies, manage large projects and coordinate the Motion Design output and quality control
Work closely with the New York, Los Angeles and Chicago offices to encourage intra-office marketing, knowledge sharing, planning and cohesion
Determine production requirements and advise on budgets
Create and maintain client networks to provide new business opportunities.
Coach and lead other Animators/Artists and train them in methods of modelling, texturing, lighting and the creation of special effects elements in Cinema 4D
Work with external agencies to implement creative solutions to interface issues with external and internal techniques and technologies.
Pushing the Cinema 4D offering at The Mill LDN to the cutting edge, both technically and creatively.
Be involved in group-wide conversations re: the advancement of C4D and related packages alongside the Head of Motion Design & Studio Manager

Requirements:

Required skills, knowledge and experience:



Minimum 5 years’ experience as a Motion Design Artist
A degree in animation, design or computer graphics. (or equivalent)
Advanced knowledge of specific Motion Design packages Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects, along with render systems i.e. VRay and Arnold.
Window & OSX operating systems.
Highly developed knowledge of the software and hardware used in every aspect of the post-production process.
Highly developed knowledge of the Visual Effects and associated pipelines
A C4D Artist will regularly invent, imagine and perform work requiring advanced knowledge which is predominantly intellectual in character.
Discretion and independent judgment is often required.
Systems Engineer Systems Engineerfull-time
The Mill’s engineering team are responsible for ensuring all the technical systems and equipment are implemented and working to their optimum to underpin the successful operation of the business.

The Engineer will work closely with the PE and Engineering team to deliver excellent client service and a strong research & development, planning, implementation and maintenance plan for all video equipment at The Mill’s main office in Windmill Street . The Mill’s departments include Flame suites, Colour Grading suites, AFX, Studio, Nuke, 3D workstations, Tech Ops and Beam suites.

The Engineer will maintain, support and upgrade onsite and offsite equipment, software and cabling and provide advice and support to Clients, Producers, creative artists, technical staff and senior management with regard to technical issues.

Where appropriate the Engineer will carry out technical research of current technologies including work stations, broadcast equipment, colour imagery and software and recommend appropriate action ie. upgrade, replace, rewire, reconfigure etc to the PE or Chief Engineer. They will also make recommendations to the PE and Chief Engineer on solutions and capabilities for both on-site and current/new equipment in the broader post production field.


Requirements:

● Experience as an Engineer within professional film and video, television environment

● Specialist knowledge and working experience of:

• Current and legacy tape technology such as HDCam SR and Digital Betacam
• Linux/MacOS/Windows and various office packages.
• Autodesk Flame/Flare/Smoke, Baselight, AFX, Adobe CC, Nuke, 3D workstations, Tech Ops and Beam pipeline components.
• Video wiring, Video Routing, Audio wiring, Audio routing, System design
• Fault diagnosis to component level,
• Non -linear editing devices, FCP, Adobe CC
• Disk based storage,
• Broadcast quality monitoring,
• Television standards, both regional and international.
• First line support of workstation, network and server infrastructure.
• System admin including Active Directory, Quest, NIS and DNS.
• Installation using Kickstart, Casper and Puppet
• Support of Microsoft Office systems and laptops
• Specialist support of studio systems inc. AFX, Premiere and Photoshop
• Mitel phone system provisioning
• Support and licensing of Nuke, Maya etc plus associated plugins
FX Artist FX Artistfreelance
We are currently looking to hear from freelance FX Artists to join our 3D team here in London.
Knowledge of Houdini and Maya are essential.
Please forward a copy of your CV or LinkedIn profile together with a recent showreel of your work.

Requirements:

Unreal Technical Artist Unreal Technical Artistfull-time
The Mill is looking for an experienced Technical Artist. The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of art and animation pipelines in general and of the content creation pipeline and Blueprints system in Unreal. A high level of technical knowledge combined with strong creative and visual instincts is critical. The Technical Artist will assist teams of artists in tackling projects and be equipped to provide support on complicated technical issues within Unreal.

Role Responsibilities:

• Work with the CG Lead and Creative Director to design interactive experiences using Unreal.
• Pipeline Management - Design, manage and maintain the pipeline from the artists through to deployment.
• Experience/Gameplay Creation - Create interaction and functionality using Unreal’s Blueprints system.
• Material Creation - Design complex materials in Unreal and instruct artists on best practices for material creation.
• Lighting - Be well versed in the various lighting techniques in Unreal and instruct the artists in lighting best practices.
• Optimization - Optimise content through profiling and enhancing performance with the help of diagnostic tools and instructing the artists on modelling and texturing best practices.
• Collaborate with programmers to develop and test new features, prototype shader code, and provide useful feedback during R&D phases.

Requirements:

Technical Requirements:

• Extensive experience working with Unreal Engine.
• Advance experience of Unreal’s Blueprints system.
• Advanced experience with Maya (3dsMax considered).
• Comfortable in a range of content creation software including Photoshop, Zbrush/Mudbox, Substance Painter.

Beneficial Additional Skills (not essential to the role but would help differentiate candidates):

• Experience with VR/AR authoring in Unreal
• Maya Rigging experience.
• Shader programming experience.
• Scripting skills with MEL, Python, C#, Javascript and C++.
Lead Unreal Developer Lead Unreal Developerfull-time
The Mill are looking for a Lead Developer for its team working in VR, AR and interactive experiences. You'll join a multi-disciplinary company of artists and technologists who have made beautiful, award-winning, moving image for film, TV and experiential spaces for 25 years.

Role Responsibilities:

• Develop tools, pipeline and workflows for utilizing game engine technology for VR, AR and other interactive platforms.
• Work closely with the R&D and CG teams to integrate game engine tools into existing VFX pipeline.
• Collaborate with in house live-action & VFX teams to solve for unique issues around building successful real-time effects for custom platforms, e.g. stereo VR, experiential spaces, etc.
• Work closely with artists and production to help scope and bid upcoming projects.
Provide technical supervision and support on multiple projects to hit deadlines.

Requirements:

• High level experience with Unreal Engine and/or Unity3D with proven lead role on 2 or more shipped titles.
• Fluency in C++ and/or C#.
• Computer Science, Computer Graphics based degree or commensurate years of professional experience.
• Deep understanding of content & technical pipeline.
• Excellent physics and mathematics skills.
• Solid software engineering skills; ability to write maintainable and robust code.
• Experience using version control systems.
• Able to self-direct and comfortable with rapid prototyping and iteration.
• Able to think creatively outside the box.
• Experience of working in interdisciplinary teams.
• Ability to collaborate and communicate under tight deadlines.
Strong time management & organization skills.
3D Generalist 3D Generalistfull-time
The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty-four years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.

We are currently looking for experienced 3D Generalists to join us in our London studio.

Requirements:

Skills & Experienced:

Demonstrative experience and knowledge of advanced 3D modeling and texturing for VFX.
Expert level modeling and texturing in Maya, ZBrush and Mari
Advanced rendering skills
Skills in Tracking
Familiarity with pipeline issues and a typical post production environment
Expertise in general compositing principles
Strong aesthetic sensibility, good use of color
Confident in the visual exploration of abstract concepts
Creative and design oriented, excellent communicator, good with teamwork
Self-motivated problem solver
Systems Software Developer Systems Software Developerfull-time


The Systems Software team is responsible for the development and maintenance of a wide range of in-house tools used across the group by artists, producers and technical staff to successfully deliver high-end commercials.



Key to this is an efficient post-production pipeline for managing projects from the initial quote to the final delivery of a commercial.



You will be expected to work with producers and creative artists as well as technical staff and management, liaising with them to help develop the tools they need.



As part of the Systems Software team you will be responsible for the development and support of various in-house tools including:



Project management tools used by producers and artists, including interfacing with 3rd party software such as Ceta and FTrack.The Mill’s Tapeless delivery system (utilising 3rd party workflow management and encoding software).
Plugins for 2D and 3D applications such as Autodesk Flame, C4D, Adobe Animate.
Employee management system (Active directory integration).
Asset management across various storage architectures (SAN, NAS & Cloud)



Many tools are web based and interact with a variety of backend systems. This often means utilising 3rd party APIs or writing your own. Experience in writing web tools and backend web services are therefore essential.

Requirements:

Essential skills:

PHP

MySQL

Apache

Python

Javascript



Required experience:

Linux System administration



Desirable skills:

Perl

jQuery

Storage management

Cloud computing

Active directory

Encoding system
Designer Designerfull-time
The Experienced Designer is multi-disciplinary to fit within our expanding design department. They will bring concept to life with style frames, animation, layouts and graphic design. The Mill covers a broad range of creative output so the Experienced Designer will work in context for broadcast, film media, installations and digital creative simultaneously. The Experienced Designer must be ideas-driven who follows current trends, technologies and techniques without having a dominating style to their work. They must be able to lead projects from start to finish, pitch work directly to Clients, manage teams of Creatives, Animators and liaise with Production and Scheduling to ensure realistic project delivery. The Experienced Designer must be able to assess the essential needs of the Creative staff, project specific direction, multi-disciplinary approach to creative output.

Key areas of responsibility: Supporting the Creative Director, internal and external Directors with the design department on main projects. This includes understanding and interpreting briefs, producing relevant creative solutions to a wide variety of Clients, and outputs, from video bumpers through to large scale creative campaigns. Supporting Art Directors, Creative Directors and Lead Artists on pitches. Maintaining a clear creative voice throughout a project's lifespan. Work closely with the head of Motion Design, Creative Directors and the Studio Manager, as well as other departments, to resource and develop the design department to become an award winning creative studio.

Requirements:

Key skills, knowledge and experience
A multidisciplinary, experienced and considered portfolio of work.
Adobe creative suite proficiency - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects.
Strong communication skills.
Excellent presentation skills.
Strong, proven management and team leading skills.
A desire to continually develop and discover new techniques and to work collaboratively with fellow colleagues.
Experience in film, animation, 3D, Cinema 4D and general moving image.
MEET THE MILL @ ANNECY 2016 MEET THE MILL @ ANNECY 2016freelance
MEET THE MILL @ ANNECY 2016

The Mill Animation and Rigging team will be attending Annecy 2016 next month and would like to meet new and established animators, directors, riggers and 3D artists to discuss the studios upcoming projects and possible future collaborations.

If you are interested in sitting down for an informal conversation please register your details below and the Talent team will be in touch to meet the senior team at the festival.

Requirements:

Senior Lighting Artist Senior Lighting Artistfull-time
The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty-four years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.



Requirements:

Required Skills & Experience:

At least 5 years previous experience in Lighting and Rendering for advertising, feature film or animation production.
Extensive experience Lighting photo-real CG in Houdini, Maya and Arnold.
Solid understanding of a VFX lighting production pipeline.
Good communication skills to enable you to work well in a team and take direction from clients, directors etc.
Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems independently.
Some more generalist VFX skills would be a benefit but not essential.

To be considered please send across a copy of your CV/Resume and a link to your showreel.
Production Assistant Production Assistantfull-time
Our CG Production team are looking for a Production Assistant. To be eligible to apply for the position we will expect that you will have a year or more experience in a Post-Production or Media environment.

The main duties of the PA role will include:

Assisting with the day-to-day running of the Team’s varied projects, including line producing smaller projects.
Liaising with clients for the team, including dealing with queries, bookings and deliverables.
Managing the teams scheduling requests, beam requests and general archive admin.
Responsible for reconciliation, billing and administration of the teams projects when required.



Requirements:

We are looking for someone who has a keen interest in all areas of VFX but especially heavy CG work and the emerging field of VR & experiential opportunities. Experience with using and scheduling with CETA would be an advantage.
DataLab Assist DataLab Assistfull-time
DataLab is responsible for liaising directly with our Colour team, in-house Producers and 2D Artists as well as dealing directly with film editors and clients.



Requirements:

The applicant will be diligent and able to demonstrate proficiency with our key tools - Baselight and Baselight Assist - and have a keen eye for images. An understanding of the post production process, including a working knowledge of the current popular data cameras, would be an advantage.
Technical Operator Technical Operatorfull-time
Due to further internal promotions, The Mill’s office in London is looking for an experienced Technical Operator to join our busy team.

The Technical Operations department provides specialist support for all areas of The Mill with regards to tapeless workflows, data, 2D Support, transmission and encoding.

They operate a shift-based team who react quickly and precisely under pressure for fast turnaround deadlines.

The ideal applicant will have at least 2 years' experience in a busy MCR / encoding environment. They will have a positive and pro-active approach to operations.

In depth knowledge of bespoke transcoding is essential and some experience of international broadcast QC would be a distinct advantage.

The successful applicant will join us in our new state of the art offices in Fitzrovia and work with some of the latest software solutions and technology.

Requirements:

Core Skills
• Proficient in transcode systems such as Episode, Vantage, Final Cut, Adobe Creative Suite and Amberfin iCR
• Excellent QC skills on a file-based, and a base-band, level
• Conceptual understanding of systems such as Alchemist, eFF & Cerify
• Keen knowledge of post production technology
• Passion for producing excellent work
• Strong sense of customer service
• Attention to detail
Animator Animatorfreelance
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 at least 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.

Requirements:

Nuke Compositors Nuke Compositorsfreelance
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.

Requirements:

Senior Nuke Compositor Senior Nuke Compositorfull-time
We are currently looking for an freelance Senior 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.

Whilst we are currently only considering applications from those who are residents or who have current work permits/visas for the country of application, we encourage everyone to apply.

Requirements:

Senior Modeller 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 excellent 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 blend shapes.

You will be used to creating characters (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 excellent understanding of texturing, topology and mesh flow including basic rigging techniques.

Requirements:

Scheduler Schedulerfull-time
The Mill New York is looking for a Scheduler to join the team. Schedulers are responsible for
working closely with the Producers, Executive Producers and Head of Production in order to maximize the resources of the company and ensure that the job is scheduled with the appropriate talent in a timely manner. The scheduler must set up every team so that each has enough time to effectively complete all work as per the producers’ notes and instruction.

By working with Production and Heads of respective department, they are accountable for securing the appropriate talent to facilitate the efficient workflow to satisfy client requirements.

Requirements:

• 2- 3 years experience in Production, VFX, and/or agency
• Knowledge of VFX disciplines & pipelines a plus
• Strong project planning skills
• Capacity to manage a busy workload with high productivity
• Must be able to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment
• Familiarity working with and using scheduling software
• Responsive and flexible to ever changing needs and environment
• Experience with Microsoft Outlook is a plus
Unreal Technical Artist Unreal Technical Artistfull-time
The Mill NY is looking for an experienced Technical Artist. The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of art and animation pipelines in general and of the content creation pipeline and Blueprints system in Unreal. A high level of technical knowledge combined with strong creative and visual instincts is critical. The Technical Artist will assist teams of artists in tackling projects and be equipped to provide support on complicated technical issues within Unreal.

Role Responsibilities:

• Work with the CG Lead and Creative Director to design interactive experiences using Unreal.
• Pipeline Management - Design, manage and maintain the pipeline from the artists through to deployment.
• Experience/Gameplay Creation - Create interaction and functionality using Unreal’s Blueprints system.
• Material Creation - Design complex materials in Unreal and instruct artists on best practices for material creation.
• Lighting - Be well versed in the various lighting techniques in Unreal and instruct the artists in lighting best practices.
• Optimization - Optimise content through profiling and enhancing performance with the help of diagnostic tools and instructing the artists on modelling and texturing best practices.
• Collaborate with programmers to develop and test new features, prototype shader code, and provide useful feedback during R&D phases.

Requirements:

Technical Requirements:

• Extensive experience working with Unreal Engine.
• Advance experience of Unreal’s Blueprints system.
• Advanced experience with Maya (3dsMax considered).
• Comfortable in a range of content creation software including Photoshop, Zbrush/Mudbox, Substance Painter.

Beneficial Additional Skills (not essential to the role but would help differentiate candidates):

• Experience with VR/AR authoring in Unreal
• Maya Rigging experience.
• Shader programming experience.
• Scripting skills with MEL, Python, C#, Javascript and C++.
Unreal Lead Developer Unreal Lead Developerfull-time
The Mill are looking for a Lead Developer for its team working in VR, AR and interactive experiences. You'll join a multi-disciplinary company of artists and technologists who have made beautiful, award-winning, moving image for film, TV and experiential spaces for 25 years.

Role Responsibilities:

• Develop tools, pipeline and workflows for utilizing game engine technology for VR, AR and other interactive platforms.
• Work closely with the R&D and CG teams to integrate game engine tools into existing VFX pipeline.
• Collaborate with in house live-action & VFX teams to solve for unique issues around building successful real-time effects for custom platforms, e.g. stereo VR, experiential spaces, etc.
• Work closely with artists and production to help scope and bid upcoming projects.
Provide technical supervision and support on multiple projects to hit deadlines.

Requirements:

• High level experience with Unreal Engine and/or Unity3D with proven lead role on 2 or more shipped titles.
• Fluency in C++ and/or C#.
• Computer Science, Computer Graphics based degree or commensurate years of professional experience.
• Deep understanding of content & technical pipeline.
• Excellent physics and mathematics skills.
• Solid software engineering skills; ability to write maintainable and robust code.
• Experience using version control systems.
• Able to self-direct and comfortable with rapid prototyping and iteration.
• Able to think creatively outside the box.
• Experience of working in interdisciplinary teams.
• Ability to collaborate and communicate under tight deadlines.
Strong time management & organization skills.
HR Coordinator HR Coordinatorfull-time
The Human Resources Coordinator must possess the basics of Human Resources knowledge and possess the skills to deliver an efficient and professional personnel service within a creative media environment. This service must fully support and respond to the business requirements of the group while championing the welfare of its most important asset, the employees.

This role will primarily focus on processing payroll for Temporary Employees in the New York and Chicago office. The HR Assistant must have an excellent ability to react and adapt to a very fast-paced working environment. This will require a perceptive nature as well as exceptional analytical skills and attention to details.

Responsibilities:

• Liaise with the scheduling department and Creative Resources Managers on the recruiting status for temporary employees.
• Prepare offer letters for all New York and Chicago based temporary employees.
• Provide orientation and hiring packet for all New York and Chicago based temporary employees.
• Coordinate with the engineering department on the administration of systems access.
• Partner with the finance department to provide relevant information for temporary employee payroll. i.e. offer letters, time sheets and other payroll support.
• Maintain and manage online database of all New York and Chicago based temporary employee data.
• Prepare monthly and weekly reports on temporary and full time employees.
• Facilitate termination and exit processes as needed.
• Manage all unemployment claims received on all New York and Chicago based temporary employees.
• Provide support on various company initiatives as it relates to our people.
• Filing and administrative tasks as needed




Requirements:

• Minimum of 2 years experience working in Human Resources or related field.
• Bachelor’s degree in HR Management or related field.
• Knowledge and experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and.
• Basic knowledge of US Labor Laws.
• Experience working with web based HRIS or Payroll systems.
• Experience working with multiple benefit plans and multi-state payroll.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Team player with a proactive attitude and ability to work in a fast paced environment.
Facilities Manager Facilities Managerfull-time
Facilities Manager – The Mill New York

Role Overview

The Facilities Manager is responsible for preserving the infrastructure of The Mill, along with overseeing and maintaining all equipment and supplies. The right candidate will ensure that the entire facility is running efficiently, and this will be achieved through regular cleaning, safety inspection and renovation projects.

Some of the responsibilities for the role will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Undertaking projects as assigned – e.g. internal office moves, repairs to facility, purchasing of equipment.
• Overseeing the Mill’s infrastructure – maintaining the installation, fixtures and fittings.
• Project management of all building work, repairs and development to property.
• Refurbishment of premises.
• Liaising with, and maintaining relationships with specialist consultants and vendors.
• Health and safety management, along with being a proactive member of H&S committee.
• Maintenance and management of security of equipment, property and employees.
• Being the single point of contact for building management representatives.
• Maintaining all office equipment – including copiers, printers and fax.
• Coordinating work of all external contractors.

Key Skills
The right candidate will have the following skills:

• A collaborative management style, with a calm approach under high pressure situations;
• Effective communication skills, with an ability to act as a liaison between key service areas and departments.
• The ability to creatively recommend ways to problem-solve issues and encourage team cohesion.
He or she will act as an ambassador for the team, both internally and externally, with a knack for sharing information to achieve team and company objectives.

Requirements:

Requirements
• 3+ years’ experience in a property management role;
• Background in food and beverage, housekeeping and/or events planning preferred.
• Ability to read and understand architectural blueprints, with previous experience in building/hotel renovation a plus.
• Understanding of space utilization a plus.
• An understanding of the process that related to equipment repair, building maintenance and purchasing of supplies.
• Strong attention to detail an absolute must.
Hospitality Manager Hospitality Managerfull-time
Hospitality Manager -- The Mill New York

Role Overview

The Front of House Manager is required to oversee our client service offering.
This includes managing our Runners and Receptionists, the catering of our clients, assuring regular maintenance of the suites, and additionally, providing suggestions and ideas for development.
The right candidate must have excellent communication skills and sound judgment, and be able to work well with employees and clients at all levels. The role requires strong organisational skills and the ability to react and adapt to a very fast-paced working environment.
This is a key client service role designed to ensure we are providing a bespoke experience and the highest level of service to all of our clients across the whole business.

Key responsibilities:

Client and Staff Services
• Practical delivery of internal and external client events (these happen on a monthly basis of varying size and scale).
• Managing the in-house client experience from arrival to the building, experience whilst in suites, refreshment offering, additional gestures upon delivery of jobs, etc.
• Overseeing daily suite presentation for any maintenance required.
• Suggesting areas of improvement for the Client Service function, and ensuring these processes are implemented and delivered.
• Working alongside our Marketing Team to assure an ever growing Client Database of information, so that that client gifting and spontaneous gestures can be identified and expanded upon.
• Working alongside our Facilities Manager to ensure our studio is set up for the best client experience.

Catering
• Managing day to day catering operations – ensuring that clients enjoy a first rate, Front of House service.
• Continuously planning and monitoring the anticipated business level for clients.
• Identifying and purchasing catering equipment as required.
• Ordering relevant supplies and establishing suppliers to negotiate favourable terms.
• Managing all aspects of food and beverage provisions.
• Maintaining and monitoring catering costs and budgets.

Runners and Reception
• Management and oversight over team of Runners and Receptionists, assuring the team meets a continued standard of excellence and professionalism.
• Ensuring The Mill provides a high standard of Reception to its clients and employees at all times.
• Working alongside Recruiter for recruitment and selection of Running and Reception staff; additionally, working with Talent Manager to help provide guidance, training and support towards career development.

Key Skills
The right candidate will have the following skills:
• Experience managing and motivating a team.
• A collaborative management style, with a calm approach under high pressure situations;
• Effective communication skills, with an ability to act as a liaison between key service areas and departments.
• The ability to creatively recommend ways to problem-solve issues and encourage team cohesion.

He or she will act as an ambassador for the team, both internally and externally, with a knack for sharing information to achieve team and company objectives.

Requirements:

Requirements
• 4+ years experience in onw or more of the following: catering, hospitality industry, event planning, or a service industry.
• Experience working in a creative agency environment or boutique hotel is an advantage.
Compositing TD Compositing TD full-time
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
Matte Painter Matte Painterfull-time
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.

Requirements:

Nuke Compositor Nuke Compositorfull-time
We are currently looking for Senior level Nuke Compositors to join our New York 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; all reels must be accompanied with a detailed shot breakdown.

Requirements:

Runner Runner full-time
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.

Requirements:

VFX Producer VFX Producerfull-time
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.

Requirements:

Creative Resources Manager Creative Resources Managerfull-time
This position oversees creative resources for the 2D department. Excellent communication skill is required as the Creative Resources Manager is responsible for mentoring their team and fostering strong relationships with artists along with being their advocates, 2D board, Creative Directors, production, engineering, and operational departments.

The Creative Resources Manager should also have an excellent understanding of The Mill’s work and creative history, strong organizational, tracking and planning skills and a commitment to providing our clients an unrivaled experience.

The Creative Resources Manager should not only be responsible for the safeguarding and development of our artist’s talents/careers, but also show continuous improvement in working with all departments, especially Production and Engineering, in order to optimize operations efficiency.


Requirements:

Responsibilities:
• Work closely with CG and Design schedulers to ensure that Creative Resources are acting as a single cohesive unit.
• Work conjunctively with the 3D CRM to ensure unilateral decision-making is taking place and to optimize scheduling as a whole.
• Engage in early bidding and planning with producers to identify talent needs, scheduling and strategies.
• Works with scheduling teams in Chicago, New York and London.
• Work with artists, leads, producers and senior schedulers to ensure jobs are on track and efficient whilst continuously measuring bid resources against budgets.
• Intimate understanding of capacity, internal resources as well as an ability to flag challenges and opportunities and problem solve.
• Guarantee excellent client service from all members of the team to maximize repeat business.
• Maintains an accurate Freelance & Rental forecast.
• Ensure Freelance Artists are utilized appropriately – on the right projects, at the right price, with attention paid to controlling cost whilst maintaining quality.
• Provide support for artists by monitoring working hours, artist satisfaction and managing holiday requests and DOILs.
• Manage DOILs and holidays while ensuring smooth running of the department and facility
• Pro-active liaison with all HODs to ensure technology and resources (artists, machines, suites) are being optimized to the fullest.
• Pro-active Liaison with Talent/HR on talent recruitment, freelance payroll, etc.
• Represent 2D Creative Resources in any high level conversations with Production.
• Schedule large jobs that require intricate planning or big picture foresight. Work with producers and schedulers to ensure the right talent is on the right job.
• Develop Creative Resources protocol and best practices.
• Maintain a structure for multiple schedulers to work together in the same area.
• Problem solve autonomously and escalate when necessary.
• Work alongside Sr. EP to understand, maintain and develop director, client and artist relationships.

Required skills, knowledge and experience:
• 3 - 5 years creative resources management experience
• Production and/or agency experience preferred
• Excellent project planning and scoping skills
• Ability to manage, develop and retain talent
• Capacity to manage a busy workload with high productivity
• Experience working with and using scheduling software
• Responsive and flexible to ever changing needs and environment


Senior Scheduler Senior Schedulerfull-time
The scheduler is responsible for scheduling the jobs provided by the in-house producers and various external clients when requested. Their responsibility is to work closely with the Producers, Executive Producers and Head of Production in order to maximize the resources of the company and ensure that the job is scheduled in a timely manner and with enough time to effectively complete all work as per the producers notes and instruction. By working with Production and Heads of Department, they are accountable for the securing the appropriate talent to facilitate the efficient workflow to satisfy client requirements. Their role also involves artist development, but ensuring that key creative talent is nurtured internally through project allocation and team selection.

Responsibilities:

Working within a team to schedule the needs of the producer and client
Maximizing revenue by scheduling work between the flame, smoke and Telecine suites effectively. Balance freelance needs as well.
Chasing unconfirmed pencils in a timely manner to allow old bookings to fall away and new business to be scheduled appropriately.
Reading and checking quotes according to the suite time booked and keeping the boards up to date with any changes to either the quote or work flow.
Highlighting if a clash of schedules arises and working with colleagues and producers to find a successful solution while maximizing revenue.
Knowledge of the technical capabilities of particular suites to effectively schedule work projects and advise clients and producers of any new working methods.
Meticulous attention to detail when entering new information into CETA. Sharing information evenly between your work colleagues to maximize work flow of the scheduling department.
Relaying important information between the Library, MCR and Support to allow projects to reach the desired department quickly.
Creating and updating worksheets for each suite to allow the jobs to be tracked and operators to know where and what they will be doing on a daily basis
Highlighting any issues to your manager quickly which may affect work flow and or hinder the effective allocation of resources for that day.
A responsibility to report and monitor extreme working hours of Operation and along with the Creative Resources Manager to allocate appropriate rest time or days in lieu.
Manage Artist vacation and time off to ensure creative teams are efficiently deployed and allocated
Secure/Confirm freelancers on as needed basis.
Run weekly scheduling meetings - one of which is a status update for MD, COO, EPs, & HOP and one of which is for the production team to assess team needs on a
Required skills, knowledge and experience:



Requirements:

- At least 2 years experience in a production and/or agency environment
- Strong project planning skills
- Capacity to manage a busy workload with high productivity
- Must be able to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.
- Professional and assertive personality is a must
- Familiarity working with and using scheduling software
- Responsive and flexible to ever changing needs and environment
Marketing Intern - College Credit Marketing Intern - College Creditfreelance
This is a wonderful opportunity for a bright and ambitious university student looking to develop their skillset in the Creative/TV/Design sector.

This is a hands-on Marketing and PR role across our entire business in Los Angeles. The individual will have great written and communication skills along with the ability to build and nurture relationships with the people around them.

It’s about being interested in what is interesting, absorbing The Mill’s culture and understanding its beliefs, abilities and ambitions.


Responsibilities in supporting the Marketing Manager:

• Writing website copy
• Idea curation and seeking out artist blog posts
• Gathering credits for all work projects
• Award submissions (including creating all submission material) and award calendar upkeep
• Collating local office press coverage on a monthly basis
• Maintaining and updating a weekly office status and calendar of all internal/external events
• Uploading website content using back end web management (training will be provided)


Requirements:

• A passion for TV/Design/Advertising/Art/Music essential
• Excellent written, verbal and copy-editing skills
• Outgoing, self-starter attitude with initiative and ‘common-sense’
• Demonstrates good interpersonal skills and ability to build strong internal relationships across departments
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work within a fast-paced environment working to deadlines
• Solid understanding of social and digital media channels
Rigger Riggerfull-time
The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty-four years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.

We are currently looking for a Rigger to join our staff in our Los Angeles studio.

Requirements:

-Strong team communication skills
-Strong scripting and debugging skills
-5 years or more as a full time senior creature TD/rigging TD/lead on feature films
-Experience in writing modules for creatures and mechanical rigs
-Experience with skinning and deformation of photo realistic characters and/or creatures
-Poweruser in Maya
-Poweruser in Python scripting
-Linux experience
-C++ experience
Client Service & Facilities Manager Client Service & Facilities Managerfull-time

The Client Service and Facilities Manager provides for both internal and external Mill clients to the highest standard ensuring a first rate service. To achieve this, the Client Service and Facilities Manager must inspire and motivate the team and apply excellent logistical and problem solving skills. Key responsibilities include ensuring the entire facility is running like clockwork. This person is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at The Mill LA and manages two Receptionists and a team of Runners. This individual is responsible for The Mill’s building infrastructure, maintenance and renovation projects, and carefully manages the costs of these services within a designated budget.


Requirements:

Client Services
• Inspire and manage front of house and client service teams
• Oversee daily studio presentation for any maintenance required
• Ensure we represent the Mill as a highly creative, top drawer operation
• Suggest areas of improvement for the client service function and ensure they are implemented
• Work closely with PR/Marketing team to plan and execute staff and client events

Building infrastructure and Facilities:
• Undertake projects as assigned e.g. internal office moves, repairs to facility, purchasing of equipment
• Responsible for The Mill’s physical infrastructure – maintaining the installation, fixtures and fittings
• Plan, oversee and manage all refurbishment of premises
• Liaise with and maintain relationships with specialists and vendors
• Health & Safety and Security management, be a proactive member of H&S committee
• Maintain all office equipment – including copiers, printers and fax
• Coordinate work of all external contractors

Catering
• Manage day to day catering – ensuring that clients enjoy a first rate front of house service
• Continuously plan and monitor the anticipated business levels and clients
• Ensure that customer satisfaction is maintained
• Have up to date knowledge of health and safety food hygiene
• Identify and purchase catering equipment as required
• Order relevant supplies and establish suppliers to negotiate favorable terms
• Responsible for managing all aspects of food and beverage provision with Hospitality Manager
• Maintain and monitor costs and budgets
Color Assistant Color Assistantfull-time
A Color Assistant acts as the right hand person to the Colorists and Color Producer and so they must develop a very close working relationship which is only possible if the Color Assistant has an innate understanding of the Senior Colorist’s technical and creative methods. Although an Assistant defaults to the Senior Colorist, the Assistant must also have the confidence and ability to deal with clients and their requests and to work on jobs without supervision. Assistants are not expected to have their own client base; they are expected to build one by developing and working in tandem with young and upcoming creative talent. Many of these are music videos, which allow a greater experimentation in creative and visual approach, allowing the assistant to apply the skills learnt whilst working with the Senior Colorist.

The Colorists and Assistant Colorists must develop a highly developed sense of color imagery coupled with a strong creative and aesthetic sensibility and an in-depth knowledge of the whole post-production process including current technical specifications of film, video and data formats.

They support the Colorists in communicating ideas to the Director and advise on the effects that can be achieved either in-camera or through the Color process whilst ensuring the final grade remains within the required technical specifications – if the grade is too dark, at the next stage of the post process the Flame Operator will be unable to add special effects or remove/add people and backgrounds. Once they have mastered the techniques and have found their own client base they can go on to become a Colorist.


Requirements:

• Communicating with the Producer to ensure the correct film, data and video and the EDL relating to this material (Edit List) is delivered for each job
• Loading in the EDL, scanning the required film or importing video/data, conforming all the required material as per the EDL. Ensuring that the Colorists can work with the specified media.
• Ensure the right Gates are on the Scanner for the type of job being undertaken (e.g. for 35mm or 16mm film) and following grading
• Transferring the graded images to video-tape or exporting them as data on a hard-drive or any format the client requires
• Have an in-depth technical knowledge of the Scanner as they are responsible for its maintenance, fault-finding and repair.
• With reference to the Senior Colorist the assistant is also responsible for keeping the software up to date and ensuring they are proficient with this and any new hardware.
• Scanning negative to data using the Spirit 2K or Scannity
• Preparation of data for the Color Grading suite
• Export graded data from the Color Grading suites
• General assist duties for all Colorists and Producer
• Color correction on additional shots for completed projects
• Projects fully prepared in readiness for the Colorists session with clients
• Successful completion of tasks within the set timeframe and within 100% accuracy
• Projects assisted by the Color Assistant are delivered on budget and on time

• The Color Assistant must have an understanding of the principles of film, video and data production
• At least three years as a junior in the post production industry
• They must be diligent and exhibit good attention to detail
• Previous experience of MCR operation is required and a knowledge of the principals of post production is expected.
• Photographic interest and experience desirable.
• A very solid understanding of operating systems and codecs is required.
• Flexibility and adaptability in working hours is expected
Senior C4D Animator Senior C4D Animatorfull-time
The Mill LA is looking for a committed and passionate individual to join our collaborative, creative team. This person works well with teams as well as on his/her own. We are looking for a person with a can do attitude who has a strong eye for design. The right person will have a strong understanding of composition and layout. We are looking for a creative problem solver to join our team and create beautiful visual storytelling.



Requirements:

• Senior C4D Animator / Generalist
• Expertise in C4D for motion graphics and VFX.
• Work with designers and internal team
• Manage and distribute shots
• Lead teams internally
• Detail Oriented, proactive & organized.
• Knowledge of Arnold, X-Particles, or Turbulence FD a plus.
• Ability to handle a job solo and good troubleshooting skills.
• Added bonus for technical skills for R&D, Xpresso, Python, etc
• Ability to work efficiently, handling a vast variety of problems at the same time.
• Experience preparing presentations with strict deadlines.
Systems Administrator Systems Administratorfull-time
The Mill in Los Angeles is looking for a Systems Administrator to join our Engineering team.

The Systems Administrator is responsible for
Implementing/maintaining new networks as well as continually monitoring and improving existing network design

Installation, backing up and maintenance of Storage and File Servers, Network Switches, Web Servers and Email Servers

Design and implementation of Disaster Recovery processes and procedures

Managing day to day operations by monitoring system performance, configuration, maintenance and repairs

Scheduling and executing planned outages during hours with least possible effect on the business, for upgrades and maintenance

Creating guidelines and methods for installation and management of disk arrays, fiber channel switches, tape libraries and other components

Programming IP Telephone System and configuring IP telephones

Deploying computer and software installs


Requirements:

A Degree in Technology or equivalent professional Experience
Experience as a System Administrator within a post production facility preferred
Approachable personality with strong communication skills
Linux (Centos and RedHat) a must
Media Archivist Media Archivistfull-time
The Mill is a world-leading, global visual effects studio based in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. For over 26 years we have created brave and innovative work, collaborating with our clients to bring their ideas to life; ensuring their stories are beautifully told across all media and spaces. We are now one of the most awarded visual effects studios in the world, crafting seamless moving image for the advertising, design, digital & immersive, games and music industries.
Role Overview:
The Media Archivist is primarily a data management position. Working closely with Producers and Lead 2D artists it will be the responsibility of the Media Archivist to ensure all autodesk framestores, and servers are secure and up to date.


Requirements:

• 
Execute daily In Progress (IP) archives for all Autodesk machines
• Execute daily archives for TK Department
• Execute archives for Editorial Department
• 
Create and maintain all Final Archives
• 
Ensure all Framestores and servers are consistently up to date and clean.
• 
Work with 2D Leads, TK Support, Editors, Scheduling, Engineering and Head of Operations to maintain best practices and efficiencies in our archiving process.
Flame Assist Flame Assistfull-time
The Mill LA is looking for Flame Assists 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 organized with an excellent knowledge of visual effects techniques and the corresponding software and hardware used in support of the same.

Requirements:

Senior Lighting Artist Senior Lighting Artistfull-time
The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty-four years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.

We are currently looking for an experienced Senior Lighting Artist to join our LA studio.

Requirements:

Required Skills & Experience:

At least 5 years previous experience in Lighting and Rendering for advertising, feature film or animation production.
Extensive experience Lighting photo-real CG in Houdini, Maya and Arnold.
Solid understanding of a VFX lighting production pipeline.
Good communication skills to enable you to work well in a team and take direction from clients, directors etc.
Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems independently.
Some more generalist VFX skills would be a benefit but not essential.

To be considered please send across a copy of your CV/Resume and a link to your showreel.
Lighting Artist Lighting Artistfull-time
The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty-four years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.

We are currently looking for experienced Lighter/renderers to help us out on upcoming projects in our LA studio.


Requirements:

Required Skills & Experience:

Previous experience in Lighting and Rendering for advertising, feature film or animation production.
Extensive experience Lighting photo-real CG in Houdini, Maya and Arnold.
Solid understanding of a VFX lighting production pipeline.
Good communication skills to enable you to work well in a team and take direction from clients, directors etc.
Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems independently.
Some more generalist VFX skills would be a benefit but not essential.

To be considered please send across a copy of your CV/Resume and a link to your showreel.
FX Artist FX Artistfull-time
The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty-four years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.

We are currently looking for experienced Houdini FX Artists to join us in our LA studio.

Requirements:

Experience and Skills:

Proven and demonstrable experience in high-end CG.
In-depth knowledge of FX techniques, workflow and software (Houdini, Maya, RealFlow etc).
Thorough understanding of most CG techniques and technologies.
Proactive in picking up proprietary FX tools.
Excellent communication skills with both clients and colleagues.

To be considered please send across a copy of your CV/Resume and a link to your showreel.
3D Generalist 3D Generalistfull-time
The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty-four years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.

We are currently looking for experienced 3D Generalists to join us in our LA studio.

Requirements:

Skills & Experienced:

Demonstrative experience and knowledge of advanced 3D modeling and texturing for VFX.
Expert level modeling and texturing in Maya, ZBrush and Mari
Advanced rendering skills
Skills in Tracking
Familiarity with pipeline issues and a typical post production environment
Expertise in general compositing principles
Strong aesthetic sensibility, good use of color
Confident in the visual exploration of abstract concepts
Creative and design oriented, excellent communicator, good with teamwork
Self-motivated problem solver

To be considered please send across a copy of your CV/Resume and a link to your showreel.
Nuke Compositor Nuke Compositorfull-time
We are currently looking for Mid and Senior level Nuke Compositors to join our Los Angeles office.



Requirements:

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. Experience with photorealistic compositing in a commercial, film or TV environment is required.
Please attach your CV and showreel. Please provide a detailed shot breakdown.
Model/Texture Artist Model/Texture Artistfull-time
The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty-four years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.

We are currently looking for freelance Hard Surface and Organic Model/ Texture Artists for upcoming projects.


Requirements:

2-3 years experience
Maya
ZBrush
Mari
Runner Runner full-time
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.

Requirements:

Junior Designer Junior Designerfull-time
Entry-level Designer

Mill Chicago is looking for a smart, adaptive, conceptual designer who is passionate about current trends, technology and techniques. The ideal candidate will be from a traditional design background and is able to bring concepts and scripts to life with style-frames, animation and treatments.
Our work demands a broad range of creative output, and so experience in working in context for broadcast, film media, installations and digital creative is favourable as is proficiency in Adobe CS and a working knowledge of In-Design, After Effects and Cinema 4D.


Requirements:

A Degree in Design or Similar.
Working knowledge of the following:
In Design
After Effects
Cinema 4D
Senior Lighting Artist Senior Lighting Artistfull-time
The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty-four years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.

We are currently looking for an experienced Senior Lighting Artist to join our Chicago studio.

Requirements:

Required Skills & Experience:

At least 5 years previous experience in Lighting and Rendering for advertising, feature film or animation production.
Extensive experience Lighting photo-real CG in Houdini, Maya and Arnold.
Solid understanding of a VFX lighting production pipeline.
Good communication skills to enable you to work well in a team and take direction from clients, directors etc.
Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems independently.
Some more generalist VFX skills would be a benefit but not essential.

To be considered please send across a copy of your CV/Resume and a link to your showreel.
3D Generalist 3D Generalistfull-time
The Mill has been creating world-class visual effects built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies for over twenty-four years. We believe in creating work that touches people emotionally, that becomes popular culture and that people love, talk about and want to share. We believe in great ideas beautifully told.

We are currently looking for experienced 3D Generalists to join us in our Chicago studio.

Requirements:

Skills & Experienced:

Demonstrative experience and knowledge of advanced 3D modeling and texturing for VFX.
Expert level modeling and texturing in Maya, ZBrush and Mari
Advanced rendering skills
Skills in Tracking
Familiarity with pipeline issues and a typical post production environment
Expertise in general compositing principles
Strong aesthetic sensibility, good use of color
Confident in the visual exploration of abstract concepts
Creative and design oriented, excellent communicator, good with teamwork
Self-motivated problem solver
Operations Manager Operations Managerfull-time
Background

The key objectives of the Resources Department are in order:
1. Successful management of all operators
2. Successful utilization of Kit and Resources through relationships with Production team
3. Providing reports: Operator Welfare, Financial, Kit.


Summary

The Operations Manager (OM) will support the resources team in managing all MiIl Artists. As a key liaison between Production and all creative artists the OM is responsible for effectively monitoring and managing both artists and technical resources ensuring a balance between creativity and profit. The OM will also be responsible for providing accurate financial reports to the MD and HoP. The role requires excellent diplomacy and communication skills as well as a strong grasp of Financial matters.


Role overview

Reporting to the Managing Director the OM must have a good understanding of The Mill’s broader strategic goals and key objective of the resources Department. The OM must have an in-depth understanding of The Mill’s Services and an excellent understanding of talent management. This service must fully support and respond to the business requirements of The Mill whilst championing the welfare of its most important asset; people.

Working in conjunction with the Producers the OM will be instrumental in maximizing both our bookings capacity and returns, helping determine, co-ordinate and assign appropriate creative and technical resources for each project and resolve any changes or issues in project schedules. They will regularly liaise with the creative operators and support Producers to ensure current and up to date knowledge of project and personnel requirements, project issues and deadline changes etc to ensure an effective and holistic management of operator scheduling and welfare.

The Operations Manager is required to have outstanding communication and organizational skills, and meticulous attention to detail to ensure that all departments are supported effectively.



Requirements:

Required skills, knowledge and experience
• Excellent understanding of people management and motivation
• Highly developed knowledge of the production, visual effects and advertising industries
• Highly developed knowledge of the software and hardware used in every aspect of the VFX post-production process and Digital/Gaming
• Excellent attention to detail and financial reporting
• Excellent project management and client rapport
Senior Nuke Compositor Senior Nuke Compositorfull-time
We are currently looking for a Senior 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.

Whilst we are currently only considering applications from those who are residents or who have current work permits/visas for the country of application, we encourage everyone to apply.


Requirements:

Nuke Compositors Nuke Compositorsfreelance
We are currently looking for Mid and Senior level Nuke Compositors to join our Chicago 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.


Requirements:

Management Accountant Management Accountantfull-time
Job Description:
The Management Accountant in the Chicago office of The Mill is responsible for revenue & expense analysis along with the development of various revenue & expense projections, reports and presentations. The Management Accountant will work integrally with the Production staff & will critically analyze and interpret existing revenue & expense data in order to present crucial information to the Executive Producers, Heads of Departments & Managing Director. The Management Accountant will also be responsible for the monthly close the books process, monthly financial reporting, accruals and participate in forecasting and budgeting process for the Chicago office.

Responsibilities
• Manage billing & invoicing
• Manage Chicago collections
• Review coding of vendor invoices & staff expense reports
• Analyze sales data & prepare weekly report for group sales meeting
• Analyze & interpret project/sales data and present weekly work-in-progress report to Production
• Investigate, analyze & interpret project/sales data and present pipeline/revenue forecast to EPs, HODs & MD
• Investigate, analyze & interpret expense data and present freelancer forecast/outsourcing costs projection/production cost projection to EPs, HODs & MD
• Participate in weekly boards meetings & WIP meeting
• Assist with various month end reconciliations & reports
• Analyze & interpret final monthly revenue & expense data to identify trends & develop analytical reports for departmental EPs
• Create & develop various other revenue & expense analyses/projections (on an as-needed basis)
• Coordinate the close the books process, monthly management accounts, commentary and analysis of monthly results.
• Forecasting and budgeting involvement



Requirements:

Requirements:
• Bachelors Degree in Finance, Accounting or related field
• Minimum of 3 years experience working in Finance
• Must be familiar with accounting/payroll software
• Proactive and professional demeanor with strong communication skills
• Proficient in Microsoft Excel

Compensation commensurate with experience; For consideration, email resume & cover letter to recruitment.chi@themill.com

Please put “Chicago Management Accountant” in the subject line of your email.
Production Coordinator Production Coordinatorfull-time
The Chicago office is looking for a Production Assistant to join our Mill + team, supporting the senior Producer, 
the successful applicant will have at least one year of live action experience, ideally within commercials.
The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication and organizational skills, be able to work effectively under pressure and possess good project management and interpersonal skills.
First rate attention to detail is crucial as is a high level of computer literacy.
We are looking for someone who would like to grow within the company and sees this as a career path into producing.

Whilst we are currently only considering applications from those who are residents or who have current work permits/visas for the country of application, we encourage everyone to apply.


Requirements:

The main duties of the Production Coordinator role will include:

Helping to organize shoot schedules, confirm location scouting, providing casting, crew and facilities information.
Assisting with the day-to-day running of the team’s varied projects, including line producing smaller projects, during pre and post production.
Liaising with clients for the team, including dealing with queries, bookings and deliverables.
Managing the teams scheduling requests, beam requests and general archive admin.
Responsible for reconciliation, billing and administration of the teams projects when required.



Executive Producer Executive Producerfull-time
The Mill EP is a senior management position and is primarily an external, client facing role, requiring a high level of numeracy, excellent interpersonal skills, an in-depth understanding of the wider industry and the key business drivers and the skills and experience to drive and build current and new client and talent relationships. The EP must have an excellent understanding of The Mill's strategic goals and be instrumental in delivering increased sales and encouraging greater bottom line profit. The EP must also have a close working relationship with the Senior EP and other EPs and an in-depth understanding of The Mill‘s production pipeline in order to maximize the use of resources in managing and executing projects, ensuring that we take full advantage of all client opportunities and that Mill projects run on time and on budget.

In conjunction with the Senior EP and EPs, the EP will play a significant role in devising and delivering the strategic plan to target the top clients and drive an increase in revenue streams.

The EP will manage the communication and project workflow with our reps, Senior EP, EPs and COO to ensure effective planning and co-ordination regarding the bidding and execution of projects.

The EP will also work alongside the Senior EP and Head of Production to enable the Production team to foster a collaborative way of working and provide leadership and mentorship that promotes the company culture.

Requirements:

Sales
• Highly proactive in the winning of new business
• Development and management of strategic plan to win new business including clients and accounts to be targeted by The Mill and defining client specific strategies to win business Network with agency, production company and editorial clients in order to spot opportunities and liaise with the Head of Production, EPs, Managing Director, COO on future sales strategy
• Research and source new and up and coming directing/creative talent. Keep abreast of our competitors talent and projects and forward plan for quiet periods through a sales and marketing plan
• Manage communication with the HOP, Senior EP and EPs to ensure good communication regarding sales and the successful hand over of jobs between The Mill offices
• Maximize revenue and utilization of The Mill Chicago by having an overview of the work going through each site and encouraging effective scheduling and efficiency of resources.
• Monitor the satisfaction of existing clients and ensure that they continue to use The Mill
• Develop and maintain an 'ear' to the market and disseminate relevant information to the production team and key staff at The Mill
• Work with our reps to help define potential clients, sales/marketing opportunities and PR exercises both on a short and long term basis
• Ensure the most effective use of resources and drive the highest end creative work with effective production and delivery of projects to budget and time
• Promote the advancement of new Mill offerings both internally and externally (Mill+, Beam cross platform content, volume/relationship driven workflow etc.)
• Attend industry events

Production
• Plan and set budgets, manage negotiations and quotations with key clients. As such the EP will be instrumental in delivering increased sales and margin and achieving set targets
• Oversee quotations and sales pitches with clients as necessary with more junior members of production
• Ensure the most effective use of the company’s technical, creative and personnel resources to deliver a successful and profitable outcome on all projects undertaken
• Drive and manage the highest end creative work with effective production and delivery of projects to budget and time
• Supervise and ensure quality control on all projects and give feedback when required to appropriate personnel
• Ensure that quality standards and good working practices are met on all projects undertaken
• Ensure that we optimize Group resources by liaising with other offices to identify and implement work share opportunities, taking responsibility to drive success in these projects
• Liaise with the Production team to optimize the use of outsource providers to ensure we are cost effective in our projects
• On a regular basis, meet with heads of other Mill departments to share and promote progressive production practices

Management
• Mentor the junior members of the department
• Weekly and monthly oversight of revenue/freelance/workshare/outsourcing targets
• Weekly WIP meeting to track progress of projects vs. Bid / Budget
• Create and deliver financial reports for the Management Board as required
• Work to help deliver the correct discount levels and deliver all projects on track
VFX Producer VFX Producerfull-time
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


Requirements:

Runner Runnerfull-time
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.

Requirements:

Art Director Art Directorfull-time
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