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HALON is a 16 year old full-service visualization company that brings together industry leading Directors, Supervisors and Artists who are committed to advancing the art of storytelling. These storytellers are supported by a technology team who provide a state-of-the-art production methods to help our clients realize their creative vision on screen.

With headquarters in Santa Monica, HALON employs a core team of Supervisors, artists and support personnel specializing in Storytelling, Storyboarding, Pitchvis, Previs, Postvis, Techvis, VFX, and Game Cinematics. Customizable and scalable to meet the specific needs of any production, we believe in dedicating a team around a supervisor to ensuring creative continuity from start to finish.

Being a part of Halon means having the opportunity to be a part of some of the most recognizable Hollywood feature films including Star Wars and the Planet of the Apes franchises.  You will also have the opportunity to work on cinematics for AAA title games, special venue projects and theme park rides.

It is our dedication to, and focus on, our supervisor talent that is the core of our company. We are looking to add to our roster and would like to invite qualified applicants to join us. If you believe in pushing the art and technology of storytelling forward then Halon wants to talk to you.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please email a resume, link to an online demo reel and a reel breakdown list to: employment@halon.com.
At HALON, we take pride in our artists! All artists are W-2 employees with eligibility for subsidized medical, dental, vision and life insurance as well as participation in our 401k plan. We actively support a consistent 10 hour work day with paid overtime, 5 paid holidays per year and accrued sick and vacation time!

Previs Supervisor

HALON Entertainment LLC. is seeking Previs Supervisors for the Los Angeles area.

What we expect:

  • You must demonstrate excellent filmmaking skills and storytelling ability.
  • Proactive, concise and realistic communication with top players in a production environment
  • You are the first point of contact with our client(s) and must ensure that you are not only meeting their needs but continually improving on them.
  • We encourage our supervisors to become a part of and participate in the creative brain-trust that drives a projects creative core.
  • You must know how to connect and smoothly communicate with all other department heads and their teams for effective collaboration.
  • You should have a keen knowledge and passion for technology and its application to the storytelling process.
  • To deal with the pressures and demands of production with calm, grace and polite candor.
  • Take responsibility for your team’s successes and failings working, to improve them at all times.
  • Work seamlessly with the members of your team in a professional and courteous manner to bring out the best in all they do.
  • You must work closely with your team project producer for all scheduling, deliveries and client communication.
  • You will edit a first level cut of any scene or sequence on which you are supervising.
  • Provide concise, fair, written and verbal feedback to artists on the team.
  • Work with Engineering to consistently improve our tools, pipeline and working methodologies.
  • Maintain a safe, secure, and legal work environment;
  • Communicate job expectations and enforce systems, policies, procedures, and productivity standards.
  • Identify opportunities within and outside of projects and make Halon home base aware of those opportunities so we can help you capture them.
  • To orchestrate the delivery of 3d scene files that can be used directly by any other department in the production.
  • To support the live-action crew by providing camera statistics and setup diagrams.
  • Be proactive in helping those around you improve their skills and the quality of their work.
  • Participate in and contribute to the overall direction of the company through group meetings, brain-trust sessions and proactive initiatives.
  • Stay in touch with Halon home base to ensure proper support is being allocated and any production-company level issues are being addressed.
  • Looking to the future for PR and promotional opportunities related to projects you helm.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in professional societies.

Please provide

  • Please provide examples of successful client relationships and interactions.
  • Examples of an edit you have composed, animation you have done, and a portfolio of work you have been involved in supervising.

Skills

  • Strong
    • Communication skills with top talent all the way down to the janitor
    • Storytelling through editing
    • Understanding of camera work, lensing and composition
    • Character blocking and staging
    • Overall Direction
    • Amazing imagination
    • Creative problem solving and overcoming challenges and obstacles
    • An ability to let things go when they don’t work or are not approved
    • Time management
    • Love learning new things and challenging yourself personally
    • You understand the difference between CG and real life and can identify when one is negatively affecting the other and offer ways to correct for it.
    • Know when and how to delegate skills across your team to effectively manage tasks.
  • Be reasonably dangerous in
    • Art direction
    • Asset creation
    • Practical lighting
    • Color timing
    • The finer points of VFX production
    • How each department in a film production operates
    • Understand the needs and wants of each department
  • Huge plus if you’ve done
    • Location scouting
    • Photogrammetry
    • Game development
    • Rendered VFX pipeline

Software knowledge:

  • Strong
    • Adobe Premiere CC / Avid
    • Autodesk Maya
  • Be reasonably dangerous in
    • Autodesk Motionbuilder
    • Adobe After Effects
  • Huge plus if you know
    • Unreal Engine
    • Nuke
    • Python
    • Syntheyes
    • Zbrush
    • Substance Painter
    • Unity
    • 3ds Max
  • Kudos if you’ve used
    • Google Earth VR
    • Any software that does cool but eclectic stuff.
Animation / Mobu Artists

HALON is looking for Animation Artists (Maya/3DStudio Max/Motionbuilder) to join their AAA title Video Game Cinematics and Trailers team in Santa Monica CA.

Responsibilities:

  • Scene assembly, performance editing, and clip blending using Story Tool
  • Create Animation as required, working with Mo-Cap data and/or Keyframed animations
  • Execute high quality facial/lip-sync animations
  • Create, document and communicate guidelines, directives, and procedures
  • Accountable for animation team deliveries, ensuring defined objectives and schedule requirements are met and satisfied
Game Engine Artists (Unreal, Unity, CryEngine)

HALON is looking for Game Engine (UE, CryEngine, Unity) artists to join their AAA title Video Game Cinematics and Trailers team in Santa Monica CA.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain a full render pipeline
  • In-engine cinematic animation and scene assembly
  • In-engine problem solving and troubleshooting
  • Efficient with in-engine effects (particles, explosions, fire, etc)
  • General In-engine clean-up

Requirements:

  • 4+ years of experience or an extraordinary demo reel
  • Experienced user in 3DStudio Max and/or Maya to Unreal Engine, CryEngine, or Unity imports (character/camera animation)
  • Familiar with Cloud based render solutions, render passes, render prep and wrangling
  • Willingness to accept direction, works well under pressure on multiple tasks, and flexible to changes
  • Must be efficient, reliable, self-motivated and passionate about your work, requiring minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational, planning, and prioritization skills
  • Strong storytelling skills with the ability to work on the fly in a fast paced environment

Advantages:

  • Knowledge of game pipelines including Maya, Mobu, P4, Unreal, CryEngine or the equivalent base technology
  • Knowledge of production management software such as Shotgun or equivalent
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in the job area offered
  • Comfortable working in small group environments to accomplish larger tasks
  • Self-driven, capable of working well under deadlines
Pre-vis / Post-vis Artists

HALON is looking for talented and enthusiastic Previs and Postvis artists for exciting high profile projects. If you are interested in joining the team, we are looking for applicants that have thorough knowledge of Film Making, Maya, Motion Builder and storytelling. We hire a wide range of CG Generalists.

Previsualization Requirements:

  • Strong storytelling skills with the ability to work on the fly in a fast paced environment.
  • Strong Camera and Character Animation or Motion Capture editing skills.
  • 3D asset creation including modeling, texturing, rigging and Photogrammetric Modeling.
  • Experience in Maya, After Effects and Photoshop a must. MotionBuilder a big plus.
  • Python and MEL is a plus.
  • Knowledge of practical cameras, rigs and on-set production is a plus.
  • Knowledge of virtual production pipelines is a plus.

Postvisualization Requirements:

  • Generalist in Maya (modeling, animation, lighting, rendering)
  • After Effects experience a must. (Composite, Roto, 2d tracking) (Nuke a plus)
  • 3d Tracking using Syntheyes, (PFTrack or Boujou a plus.)
  • Stereo compositing experience is a big plus.

Overall:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, with the ability to work well in a collaborative team environment.
  • Willingness to accept direction, work well under pressure, on multiple tasks, being flexible and open to changes.
  • Must be efficient, reliable, self motivated and passionate about your work, requiring minimal supervision.
Internships

HALON offers internships to qualified college and graduate level students who are interested in gaining hands on experience in the Previs field. If you’d like to get your foot in the door with some real-world experience in Previs and Postvis, please inquire about internship opportunities. Interns must be enrolled in an accredited program that will provide course credit for the internship period.