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7
Nov

Ghost Productions is Hiring!

Job Description

Job Title: Lighting and Texture Artist
Department: 3D
Hire Date: TBD
Compensation: Annual Base TBD + Benefits: 50% Employer Paid Premiums with Medica, 50% Employer Paid Premiums with Principal Dental Group (eligible for medical and dental after 90 days of employment), 401k with 4% Match (eligible after 6 months employment), ~3 Weeks Accrual-Based Paid Time Off Annually + 1 day per year employed.
Probationary Length: 90 Days

Job Summary
– Primary Responsibilities:
– primary responsibilities include UV mapping, texturing, shading, lighting, and look development
– work with the Creative Director and/or appropriate team members to achieve the desired final look of projects and assets
– maintain the studio standards with regards to file and asset organization as well as following pipeline standard operating procedures
– ability to foresee any potential technical and/or creative issues based on minimal information
– collaborate with other team members to ensure that the quality of work meets or exceeds Ghost, and Client expectations
– ability to keep up to speed with current software and workflows, and to have the ability to make recommendations and implement tools and software to increase pipeline efficiency
– proficiency in modeling, rigging, layout, animation and basic compositing is desired
– proficiency in anatomy is desired

Essential Functions & Responsibilities
– using the software noted below, ensure that the look of projects and assets are achieved based on Creative Direction
– ensure that finished frames are delivered to the compositing department without any technical issues
– ensure that an internal/client approved “Go By” look development file for each required shot and/or scene is provided to the compositing department
– ensure that all of your tasks meet or exceed production deadlines
– ability to be flexible between projects and be able to multi-task with minimal notice
– exceptional communication skills are required as the back end of the production requires the most attention to detail, and the ability to develop and implement solutions to problems quickly
– exceptional teamwork skills are a must
– attend weekly production meetings and ensure that all of your tasks are on schedule, and troubleshoot any issues prior to them happening
– ability to incorporate and understand Creative Director/Client feedback
– ability to work with little supervision is desired
– ability to oversee, develop, and assign tasks for discovered issues within a project to a team is desired

Job Requirements & Qualifications

Education: Associate/Bachelors Degree, or 5+ years experience in 3D production
Knowledge Requirements (licenses, programs, or certifications):
– Autodesk Maya 2012+, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe After Effects
Experience: 2+ years production experience in medical animation, or other similar field is a MUST
Portfolio: portfolio demonstrating strong 3D skills is a MUST

Other Information
Special Information (Travel required, on-call schedule, etc):
– Occasional need to put in greater than 50 hours per week during heavy production and/or short deadlines. – Continuing education opportunities may require travel to other cities, SIGGRAPH etc.

Please submit resume and portfolio to leo@ghostproductions.com

13
Apr

The Transformation Of Healthcare Through 3D Medical Animations

Virtual reality (VR) is still in its infancy, but this long-promised, never-previously quite-achieved technology took its first tentative steps into the real world recently, with the official launch of the Oculus Rift headset/VR system. Content suitable for the entertainment or edification of the general public is still largely lacking, but the technology promises to continue the transformation begun by the use of 3D animation — and few industries stand to benefit more than medicine.

3D medical animations comprise relatively familiar and widespread technology made possible by advances in computing. These 3D animations, ordinarily presented in 2D format, represent the natural evolution of science visualization and medical simulation from simple hand-drawn illustrations; to medical animation videos; to fully rendered, computer-enabled 3D medical and/or surgery animations. In some instances, 3D medical animation is being adapted for use in VR environments, further enhancing the utility of this remarkably beneficial technology. 

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15
Mar

The History — And Future — Of Medical Conferences

Medical conferences are eagerly anticipated annual events for many physicians. Depending on a physician’s specialty and schedule, he or she might feel motivated to attend two or more conferences in a given year. Historically, medical conferences have functioned as forums for exploring new ideas, techniques, procedures and best practices.

They also represent excellent opportunities to present the results of new research, while exploring issues ripe for additional investigation. Conferences are where relationships are forged, ideas are explored, careers are advanced, research projects are conceived, information is shutterstock_135721667exchanged and issues are debated. And, increasingly, they’re an important destination for medical device manufacturers eager to display the merits of their wares.

Conferences for every conceivable specialty abound. There are even conferences dedicated to the history of medicine. From pr development to disseminating new research to exploring new techniques and practices, the medial conference plays an important, time-honored role in the advancement of medicine and medical science. Read moreRead more

24
Feb

Ghost Productions is Hiring! – Software Developer

Ghost Productions is hiring! We are looking for a software developer that is highly skilled in Filemaker Pro to join our team.

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28
Jan

Virtual Reality Comes To Life — The Future Of VR In Medicine And Science

It’s 2016 and the world of virtual reality (VR) is — finally — virtually a reality. After much anticipation, various fits and starts, and numerous technological hurdles, the Oculus Rift is poised to enter the marketplace in a very real way. Presently owned by social media giant, Facebook, Oculus Rift is taking preorders from customers around the globe. The social media giant has announced March 28, 2016 as the much-anticipated release date for its groundbreaking VR platform technology.

For those who may not know, the system involves wearing a helmet of sorts, while standing or sitting in front of a device that resembles a futuristic desk lamp. The headset creates the illusion of immersion in a virtual 3D world, using organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, with high refresh rates and high-definition resolution. The system integrates 3D audio in the headset, and can be controlled with two mirror-image, wireless, handheld motion controllers. Read moreRead more

19
Jan

Ghost Productions is hiring! – 3d Generalist

Join the team! ghOst Productions is looking to hire a creative and hard working 3D Generalist. We’re looking for someone with a strong aesthetic and drive to produce dynamically beautiful finished content. You will be coordinating with the production team and 3D department to improve the quality of our finished animations. Experience with Maya is a MUST.

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19
Jan

Ghost Productions is hiring! – 3d Compositor

Join the team! ghOst Productions is looking to hire a creative and hard working compositor experienced with AE 3D cameras and 3D compositing. We’re looking for someone with a strong aesthetic and drive to produce dynamically beautiful finished content. You will be coordinating with the post-production team and 3D department to improve the quality of our finished animations. Experience with Maya is a HUGE plus. Read moreRead more

8
Jan

Emerging Technology And Innovative Surgical Methods for Aortic Valve Replacement

We recently assisted medical device innovator, Direct Flow Medical, Inc., by creating a medical animation video to demonstrate its Direct Flow Medical® Transcatheter Aortic Valve System. The system represents a new approach to the repair of aortic st enosis. Of course, aortic stenosis involves declining heart function due to faulty aortic valves. Whether it stems from scarring and calcification associated with advanced age, a congenital defect, or post-infection tissue damage, the valve fails to open fully. This restricts blood flow from the heart to the body.

Older technologies, presently in use, involve replacing the diseased valve with tissue from a donor animal or a synthetic substitute, among other options. These procedures typically suffer from a relatively high risk of aortic regurgitation; the backwash of blood into the left ventricle of the heart. Of course, the function of valves in the cardiovascular system is to prevent any back flow of blood, to ensure proper hemodynamics and pumping efficiency. Repair of the aortic valve may involve relatively risky open heart surgery. Or, increasingly, transcatheter procedures are performed by threading instruments or devices into the heart through a major blood vessel. Read moreRead more

17
Dec

Lighting and Texture Artist

Ghost Productions is now hiring!

Ghost Productions is looking for a creative individual experienced in Lighting, Texturing, and Look Development. The ideal candidate will have a sharp eye for detail and a strong aesthetic drive to develop and produce beautiful finished content. The individual will be coordinating with the Creative Director and the 3D team to continually improve the quality of our finished animations. In addition, they will be versed in developing visuals that can be effectively relayed to the compositing team for replication. Strong experience with Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe After Effects is required, as well as a minimum of 2+ years of production in medical animation, or a similar field.
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8
Dec

Aortic Valve Replacement

Valvular heart disease (VHD) refers to various conditions that affect the functioning of any of the four sets of valves in the heart. Of course, the heart is a muscular organ, located in the center of the chest. It contracts and relaxes rhythmically, about 100,000 times a day. Its sole function is to keep blood and nutrients circulating continuously, with a detour to the lungs for the exchange of gases.

Ultimately, oxygen-refreshed blood is sent under considerable pressure from the left ventricle of the heart, through the aortic valve, and into the aorta; the body’s largest blood vessel. From there, it travels to most of the body’s organs and tissues, before returning to repeat the cycle. Read moreRead more