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Junior VFX Software Developer

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Category: Maya Pipeline TD

Company: EGG

Location:Dublin

Start Date: immediately

Job Description

 

Pipeline Technical Directors are responsible for writing and maintaining workflow tools for use on high end visual effects films. Pipeline TDs are required to work closely with the CG Supervisor, department Leads and Lead Pipeline TD.

Responsibilities:

  • Writing pipeline tools and further developing the pipeline for use across EGG shows
  • Working in collaboration with the CG Supervisor and end users to determine the best solutions
  • Once a solution has been agreed then ensure that it addresses end user and show requirements as briefed
  • Maintaining of tools including troubleshooting and optimisation
  • Thorough documentation of all development and updating as necessary
  • Ongoing research to recommend improvements to workflows in order to improve productivity or communication

Essential Skills:

  • Problem solving abilities
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills
  • The ability to prioritise production needs and tasks
  • Detail orientated with a strong ability to multi-task
  • A general understanding of networking and performance issues that arise with automated tools
  • A degree in Computer Science or equivalent

Desirable Skills:

  • A working knowledge of Linux
  • A working knowledge of Python, Maya and Nuke
  • Visual effects production experience
  • A good understanding of the entire visual effects process, from shooting through to compositing
  • Good programming knowledge

 

If this sounds like you please email your cv to vfxjobs@egg.ie

50 Ways to Kill your Mammies starts tonight

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 Baz Ashmawy and his beloved mammy Nancy are back! The brave septuagenarian and her daredevil son throw themselves into some of the most perilous situations the planet has to offer. Returning for a third series, This time they have shaken things up by adding a band of brand new Mammies to their thrill seeking team.
They begin their adventures in Costa Rica, where they attempt to abseil down a 140ft waterfall, navigate raging rapids and take 700 dogs for a walk.
The series starts on SKY 1 on 26th September at 9pm and the adventures continue for six weeks.

Pet Surgeons

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 September 6th at 20:30 on RTÉ One

Our pets are our unconditional loving companions and so when things go wrong we do whatever we can to make things right.
At Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital in Cork, every day is a new challenge. With vet Shane Guerin at the helm, The Pet Surgeons investigate, diagnose, operate on and rehabilitate a range of animals from tiny kittens to bearded dragons and everything in between. Dealing with the diverse personalities of the pets and their owners is all in a day’s work at this busy hospital. With clients and patients arriving daily from all over the country, the staff never know who or what will come through the door next – a litter of feisty pups in need of micro-chipping, an exhausted homing pigeon that’s lost its way or an anorexic cheetah from Fota Wildlife Park.
 In the course of the series, each story is related from the perspective of both the owners and the veterinary staff. We’ll see the animals at home before and after treatment, we’ll observe over the vets shoulders as they perform the most demanding surgical procedures and we’ll meet a team of nurses so passionate about their work that they’re prepared to take their patients home with them. The Pet Surgeons is life in an animal hospital as you’ve never seen it before – must see TV for anyone who’s ever loved a pet
Malcolm Moloney was Editor on this with Alan Sullivan completing the online, Nik Panteris on Grade and Colm Mullally taking care of the Sound.

 

Keeping Ireland Alive- The Health Service in a Day

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RTE’s new Autumn schedule is released soon and sure to get us through the faint memories of sun screen, slushies and over sized hats. Keeping Ireland Alive: The Health Service in a Day is one such programme that is sure to keep us entertained.
Every day more than 200,000 people access the health service in Ireland, 200 babies are born, and 80 people die. All of this is explored in the new five part documentary series which chronicles Ireland’s health system over a 24-hour period . Filming was carried out over a 24-hour period on May 31 this year, and 75 camera crews  given access to all aspects of the health service. Over the course of filming they captured the experiences of a diverse range of staff and a steady stream of patients as they accessed care that day. We covered full  post on this 5 part documentary.
Keeping Ireland Alive: The Health Service in a Day starts on RTÉ One on Monday, August 29th at 9.35pm and will air throughout September.

The Collectors

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RTE 1 Tuesday 26th July @ 9.35pm
The collectors is a quirky documentary shedding light on six dedicated collectors from all over Ireland. With the use of smartphone cameras they open their homes and share their passions and devotion to their precious hoards from coke cola and comic books to lego and Porcelain dolls.
Produced by Jean Devlin for RTE, the grade and online was completed at EGG by Nik Panteris and Alan O’Sullivan.

The Lost Muslim wins Sandford St Martin Award

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“The Lost Muslim” documentary series produced by Brown Bread Films has just collected a Sandford St Martin Award in London. The very personal project for presenter Baz Ashmawy was awarded the 2nd prize in the best TV category.
The Sandford St Martin Awards are the UK’s most prestigious broadcast awards for radio, TV and online programmes that reflect religious, spiritual or ethical themes. They are the only awards that welcome entries about any and all faiths.
In the 2-part series, Baz embarks on a personal journey of discovery, hoping to re-embrace his Egyptian heritage and to understand properly for the first time the culture and beliefs of the Muslim faith into which he was born, but which he hasn’t practised since childhood.
This is the third award for Baz Ashmawy and Barry Egan founders of Brown Bread Films. They previously won an IFTA and an international Emmy award for their series 50 Ways to kill your Mammy so it seems like there is no stopping this succesfull production company and we look forward to what’s coming next.
Joanne McGrath directed this two part programme with Guy Montgomery editing. We did all of the picture and sound post production.

Road to Rio

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RTE2 Wednesday’s 8.30pm

Road To Rio is a six-part series that captures the ecstatic highs and crushing lows as Irelands medal hopefuls try to qualify for Rio 2016. The tension builds before big qualifying events, as these athletes strive to reach the pinnacle of sporting achievement- the Olympics.
The would-be Olympians compete in a wide range of disciplines – Boxing, Modern Pentathlon, Race Walking, Sailing, Showjumping, Sprint Hurdles, Swimming, Taekwondo, Track Cycling, and the Marathon – featuring a mix of first timers full of hunger, alongside experienced campaigners who know how much sacrifice lies ahead.
Focusing not just on sport, this observational documentary series also draws a clearer picture of these exceptional people and how they balance a world-class training regimes with living their everyday lives.
Produced and directed by Dhruba Banerjee, Strike films and Darragh Bambrick. The series was edited by Darragh Bambrick and Guy Montgomery. Egg completed all of the post production with Aza Hand mixing the sound, Grade by Nik Panteris and Online editing by Alan O’Sullivan

Dick Farrelly: A Quiet Man

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In 1949 Irish composer Dick Farrelly boarded a bus. On that journey he wrote a song. Two years later that song was made world famous when Bing Crosby recorded it and shortly afterwards legendary film director John Ford used its melody as the main musical theme in his iconic film The Quiet Man. The song was called The Isle of Innisfree.
In this documentary Gráinne Gavigan pays special attention to the song and its importance in the film The Quiet Man.  She also explores the life of the songwriter and the reason why his name was omitted from the film’s credits.
Contributors include Phil Coulter, Prof. Des MacHale, Ray Harman, Dr. Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, Prof. Kevin Rockett, Finbar Furey, Sergeant Martin Drew, Fr. Brian D’Arcy and Dick Farrelly’s family.
THE LYRIC FEATURE – Dick Farrelly: A Quiet Man, presented and produced by Grainne Gavigan with sound mix by Egg’s Colm Mullaly will represent Ireland in the Culture and Arts category.
Grainne is an accomplished TV and Film editor and a long time friend of Egg’s, we are very proud to have been a part of this production and we are delighted that all her hard work has paid off and with this prestigious nomination. We wish her the very best of luck.

I Am Not A Serial Killer

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I Am Not A Serial Killer will have its world premiere in the prestigious SXSW Film Festival on March 13th and will screen in the festival until the 19th of March. Fifteen-year old John Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tempt him, so for his own sake, and the safety of those around, he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”. However, when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it – but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill. This deliciously dark tale is directed by BAFTA nominated Billy O’Brien who also adapted the screenplay from the novel by Dan Wells. The Grade, Sound Design, Sound Mix, VFX and Online were all completed here at Egg.
Max Records (Where the Wild Thigs Are) plays the lead role while Christopher Lloyd (Back to theFuture, The Adams Family) and Laura Fraser (breaking Bad) also star. The film is being produced by Nick Ryan, Robbie Ryan, and Billy O’Brien of Floodland Pictures alongside The Tea Shop and Film Company’s (Tower Block) James Harris and Mark Lane.
Funding is provided by the Irish Film Board, Quickfire Films and The Fyzz Facility.

Little Grey Fergie

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The charming children’s entertainment figure Little Grey Fergie, the tractor with a heart and soul, is coming to the big screen. Based on the legendary TE20 Massey Ferguson tractor, Fergie has been a huge hit in Norway for nearly 20 years, entertaining thousands of Norwegian children. Fergie, who has his own Youtube channel with over 120 million views, encourages children to have a voice and to learn about the world in which we live.
The first of three films, “Country Fun” has just been released in Norway showing in 192 cinemas nation wide. The Egg team are currently working away on the next two Fergie movies that are set to be released in 2017.
We look forward to seeing this darling show on the big screen and we hope you do to! Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
All of the films are an Irish/ Norweigan co-production. Little Grey Fergie was produced by Jacqueline Kerrin, Dominic Wright, Silje Hopland Eik, Dyveke Graver for Ripple World Pictures and Cinenord Kidstory. It was directed by Peder Hamdahl Næss. Funding was provided by Norwegian Film Institute, VestNorsk Filmcentre, FilmKraft, MEDIA Creative Europe, Fond for Lyd Og Bilde, Nordic Film & TV Fund, and the Irish Producer tax credit.