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2D VFX/GFX Artist

Location: Remote | Freelance

Employment Type: Contract

What You’ll Do

  • Visual-effects artists need to create special effects, animation and do visual clean-up for feature films and commercials.

  • Experience in handling simple to complex compositing tasks including 2D tracking, Blue/Green screen extractions, Roto, and Cleanup work.

  • Good experience in Roto and Prep will be an added advantage.

  • Experience in compositing photo realistic images of high-quality and skills to composite 2D elements with the input.

  • Overall in charge of the look and implementation of the shots. Will be on set to make sure that things are shot correctly. Will be the one to talk to the clients about what is needed.

  • Responsible for overseeing production pipelines and doing what is required to push shots through to final approval. Usually works in-house at a VFX company.

  • Responsible for the 2D side of things – all of the 2D artists, and making sure that the compositors get what they need to make the shots work. Looks after all of the compositors, and the 2D only shots, as well as the integration of the CG into the shots.

  • Shots compositing required.


  • 5 years of experience in VFX production in a similar position.

  • Good working knowledge of After Effects.

  • Developed artistic skills and a good eye, and good knowledge color, light (reflection, refraction, shadows), perspective and composition.

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.

  • Work ethic focused on team effort, ability to perform multiple tasks, prioritize and solve problems.

Responsibilities of a 2D VFX/GFX Artist in video production.

Types of VFX artist roles

There are a range of job titles, which can be confusing. In terms of artist roles, the structure of the VFX process (pipeline) is split into 2D compositing and 3D creating computer-generated imagery (CGI) elements. The main titles that you might come across include:

  • Compositing

  • Motion Graphics

  • Digital Matte painting

  • Rotoscophy

  • Cleanup


VFX are taken care of during post-production. As a VFX artist, you'll need to:

  • create high quality, performant visuals within budgets

  • be dependable and able to hit your deadlines

  • conceptualise, design and create cutting-edge special effects, including particle effects, dynamic simulations and shader effects

  • take direction and feedback from composite leads and VFX supervisors

  • work with producer, lead artists and supervisors to track and manage the workflow through the departments

  • organise dailies, rounds and meetings, taking notes and following up on information as necessary

  • communicate information quickly and succinctly to crew and other departments in person as well as via email

  • maintain an accurate summary of progress from the previous day's work by artists

  • oversee the execution of client deliveries of all temps and finals

  • manage edits along with the editorial department

  • have a methodical and thorough approach to work

  • be able to work with a minimum of supervision

  • be able to remain calm and confident in a fast-paced environment.

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