"Considering a career in special effects and being part of our team?"

 

Due to our recent successes and increasing workload, Real SFX are currently recruiting for: 

SPECIAL EFFECTS TECHNICIANS, SENIOR TECHNICIANS AND SUPERVISORS

N.B. We ask that all applicants have completed their basic Pyro course (apart from apprentice candidates). 

Special Effects Technician

 

It is the responsibility of the Special Effects Technician to produce rigs and effects in line with Supervisors specification and production requirements. Their work will be overseen by the Supervisor and Senior Technicians, the Technician will be responsible for the preparation, construction and in many cases the execution of the various effects, in accordance with technical specifications and health and safety regulations.  They will keep the Supervisor and Senior Technician informed regarding progress and problems, and will take the necessary action required to solve problems quickly and efficiently where possible. They will carry out on-site maintenance, ensuring all machinery, equipment and effects are kept in good working order, and can be operated safely. Technicians also need to maintain a logbook recording the work undertaken and techniques used.  This is then used as documented proof of experience when seeking promotion to Senior Technician. 

 

Health and Safety awareness is paramount, as is lateral thinking and the ability to make things work in a safe and controlled way.  Communication and presentation skills are essential, along with the ability to give and accept direction as required.  Must be familiar with Special Effects equipment and materials, including their safe operation and use.    

 

Responsibilities of the Technician

 

  • To assist the Senior Technician and Supervisor in the preparation, construction and execution of required effects.
  • To continue to familiarise themselves with effects equipment, materials and devices.
  • To help and advise Trainees as and when possible.
  • To make themselves aware of all safety aspects involved in Special Effects and any HSE (Health & Safety Executive) and COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations and other legal requirements that are applicable.
  • To follow fully the instructions of the Supervisor or Senior Technician in charge.
  • To ensure that when handling, operating or initiating materials or equipment involved in Pyrotechnic and Fire effects that a Pyrotechnic Senior Technician or Pyrotechnic Supervisor is always in attendance.
  • To ensure that all safety aspects involved in the work are adhered to by him/herself and any Trainees.
  • To continue to keep a comprehensive record of their work experience and to get it signed of by the Supervisor/Senior Technician, as required.

 

 

Special Effects Senior Technician

 

The Senior Technician will assist the Supervisor in the preparation, construction and execution of Special Effects as required.  They will usually be in control of the floor or Special Effects workshop, and will co-ordinate the team of Special Effects Technicians and Trainees, providing practical, aesthetic and economic solutions to any problems encountered.  They will work closely with the Special Effects Supervisor, Director, Production Designer and Stunt Co-ordinator to create the desired effects, and may advise the most practical means of achieving these effects.  Extensive liaison with the Art Department may also be necessary to ensure continuity of the theme of the production throughout any props and effects used.  They may work from technical drawings and sketches and must be able to construct suitable effects from technical specifications.  Senior Technicians also need to maintain a logbook recording the work undertaken and techniques used.  This is then used as documented proof of experience when seeking promotion to Supervisor.

 

Must have a good working knowledge of camera angles, lenses, along with a thorough knowledge of the different types of special effects available.  A thorough knowledge of Health and Safety regulations is essential, as is common sense and attention to detail.  Must be able to formulate innovative ideas and communicate these to others.  Excellent communication skills and the ability to give and accept direction are essential.

 

Responsibilities of the Senior Technician

 

  • To assist the Supervisor in the preparation, construction and execution of the effects required.
  • When required, to liase with other department heads on the Supervisor's behalf - Fire Officer, 1st. Asst. Director and where applicable Company Insurers, to a point where he/she is satisfied that all necessary safety requirements have been implemented and agreed.
  • To be aware of the script breakdowns, scheduling and budgetary constraints upon the department.
  • To have a working knowledge of camera angles and lenses so that they can advise on how best to capture the effect when it is to be shot.
  • To be able to discuss the effects in a competent and professional manner with the Producer/Director, the Director of Photography and the Stunt Co-ordinator and not to be pressured into anything the Senior Technician may consider to be unsafe.
  • To be capable of taking control of the effects departments when necessary.
  • Where applicable to maintain and control the effects workshop.
  • To make themselves fully aware of all safety aspects involved in Special Effects and any HSE (Health & Safety Executive), COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations and other legal requirements that are applicable.
  • To continue to keep a comprehensive record of their work experience and to get it signed of by the Supervisor, as required.
  • The authority to sign Trainee and Technician pyrotechnic work records.
  • To help and advise Technicians and Trainees as and when possible.
  • Pyrotechnic Senior Technicians should have a comprehensive and practical knowledge of the different types of factory made pyrotechnics commercially available to be fully aware of their strengths, physical capabilities and visual aspects of these and any other explosive materials and/or devices to be used.

 

 

Special Effects Supervisor

 

Special Effects Supervisors create and supervise the construction and operation of Special Effects for productions, within technical limitations and budget. They will work closely with the Director and Production Designer to breakdown the script and design the required Special Effects and budget these accordingly.  They will provide drawings, visualisations and storyboards as necessary in order to advise on the most suitable Special Effects to be used.  They will set up the Special Effects workshop and are responsible for choosing and employing a suitable Special Effects team, directing, supervising and recording activities as required.  It is also their responsibility to discuss health and safety requirements with the relevant departments, and to ensure that all applicable health and safety regulations are applied.  Depending on the scale of the production, they may also be required to operate machines, equipment and effects as necessary, particularly when working in television.

 

Health and Safety awareness is paramount, as is lateral thinking and the ability to make things work in a safe and controlled way.  Good presentation skills and a vivid imagination are essential.  Must have a good working knowledge of camera angles, lenses, along with a thorough knowledge of the different types of special effects available.  Specialist knowledge may also be required if working in a particular chosen area.  Excellent communication skills and the ability to give and accept direction are essential.  Budgeting and organisational skills are also important.

 

Responsibilities of the Supervisor

 

  • To breakdown scripts as per the effects required and to discuss those effects with the Producer/Director and Production Designer.
  • To budget the effects accordingly.
  • To set up the Special Effects Workshop.
  • To employ a comprehensive and suitable Effects team.
  • To delegate and oversee the preparation, construction and execution of the effects required.
  • Discuss and recommend the safety requirements on and off set with the necessary departments i.e. Fire, Production, Art and Construction departments and when necessary the Company Insurers.
  • To liase with other department Heads when specific props or costumes are required.
  • To ensure that when he/she is not available on set that a qualified Senior Technician is always in attendance.
  • To have a comprehensive knowledge of camera angles, lenses and Visual Effects when discussing and setting up Effects shots with the Director, the Director of Photography and the Stunt Co-ordinator so as to enable him/her to give a suitable alternative when the question of Artist and Crew safety is involved.
  • To ensure that all applicable HSE (Health & Safety Executive), COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations and other legal requirements are applied and met.
  • To sign and qualify the work records of those Trainees, Technicians and Senior Technicians under his/her supervision.

 

 

Please submit your CV along with a covering letter to our recruitment manager (recruitment@realsfx.com) for review. If your background and experience fit with the requirements of the positions offered, you will be contacted for interview when a position becomes available.

 

 

 

Other roles

Though we are not currently recruiting for any other position at Real SFX, but are always interested in hearing from people with relevant industry experience and skills, particularly those with engineering and carpentry skills. Please submit your CV along with a covering letter to our recruitment manager (recruitment@realsfx.com) for review. If your background and experience fit with the requirements of a position available, you will be contacted for interview when a position becomes available.

We will maintain a copy of your CV on file for the period of one year in the event a suitable opportunity should arise. Best wishes in your job search and thank you again for your interest in our company.

 

 

** Job descriptions from www.bectu.org.uk **

 

 

 

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