Calling all artists! Here’s why Legion is the place for you

Come for the visual effects, stay for the friendships

Working in VFX is one of the hardest desk jobs there is. There is a lot of passion behind the kinds of things that we do. Visual effects artists are very passionate and often want to just ‘work’ and ‘make cool stuff’. This has made it difficult to get a union going, or stop wholesale exoduses of the work to other cities and other countries.

The actual in-the-office-work though, is tough. The hours can be long. The eye strain annoying. The lack of being able to see family, friends or pets, is isolating.
This is where Legion comes in.
After missing almost the first 3 years of my daughter’s life, I got laid off from a facility here in Los Angeles and decided to start Legion in my back yard. I and the 6 other partners of Legion designed it from the ground up to be artist centric, while supporting clients with quality above and beyond the norm at prices that were very competitive.

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This made us the darling of low budget indie features and tier one horror flicks. With artists all over the world, we are able to chew through work at a pace that is above and beyond what a brick and mortar facility can do. We can run nearly 24 hours a day, and turn around work in the artist’s normal day time. The need for one artist in a dark room in Culver city or Los Angeles to stay at the job for 20 hours is a thing of the past.

Happy artists make a better product

VFX is generally a bespoke process and it takes experience and skill to make each shot for our clients. What helps so much is having our talent in comfortable situations. They are able to take their dog for a walk, go for a run, take the kids to school, or not commute 3 hours a day, and instead put that into being productive. This is where Legion excels.

That’s not to say this is for everyone. There’s a very specific type of artist for this sort of thing. Someone who can self start, manage their own workload, and know their limits are the type of people that work for us. Initially we would only work with people that were referred to us by a trusted source. That worked well for a time, but then we ran into the limitation of our circle of friends and friends of friends. That’s when it all changed.

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We have a couple artists that are basically staff at this point and they sought us out. David, our Houdini guy left Los Angeles to move to Spokane Washington for a slower pace of life. He’s been a joy to work with every day. Another is Dan, who also moved up the coast to Portland from Los Angeles. He’s been great to work with as well. A sharp artist with a sharper wit, which plays well with my philosophy about enjoying the work that we do.

There is still plenty of stress to get the kind of high end work done that we do here at Legion. It’s not uncommon that the support staff of coordinators, project managers and supervisors here in Burbank burn the midnight oil to make sure everything is getting done and delivered at the highest quality. We’re still doing client work, and clients always need something. Getting footage from the client side can be difficult at the best of times. However, we have an office full of fun and light spirited people that make the days cruise by and lessen the stress.

All are welcome, all may not stay. Legion welcomes people who can do that job and have the right attitude for the kind of ‘workplace’ that we are. Remote artists rarely get the full interview treatment that several of the last few office people have. Interviewing here at the studio is probably the most exhausting thing one would have to do for Legion. We usually spend about an hour going over qualifications and then we stop there and go for the ‘get to know you as a person’ approach. Compatibility is key. As a business owner, I don’t need to hire stress, or people that don’t understand my sense of humor. So, that is something that gets vetted pretty strongly here in the studio. Not everyone stays. We’ve lost our fair share of coordinators and producers over the last few years. In almost all cases we were sad to see them go, but it is what it is. We try to create the best atmosphere for personal growth, but we can’t always succeed.

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‘All are welcome’. We mean it when we say it.

 

To the artists out there that have been doing this for a while and think that you really could make a go of it doing compositing or CG remotely, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Legion is very selective, but we are also very inclusive. We have people from all over the world working with us everyday of the week. Let us get to know each other and make cool images together.

-JDH

2 thoughts on “Calling all artists! Here’s why Legion is the place for you”

  • Good afternoon,

    I am a 3d generalist residing in Las Vegas NV, which unfortunately doesn’t have any vfx studios. With the exception of some small motion graphic/ casino slot machine gaming companies. I am currently a Motion Graphic Designer for Southwest Gas, a large utility company that spans california, nevada and arizona. Regrettably I don’t feel like i will be able to grow as an artist where I currently work.

    Unfortunately I am not able to relocate to more prominent VFX cities, which is why I am interested in VFX Legion.

    I consider myself a generalist, who favors texture work. I can hand paint, but love the speed of procedural workflows with Mari. I am proficient with lookdev and lighting with V-Ray and Redshift, and I am also knowledgable with multipass rendering. I have working knowledge with houdinifx, nukex, marvelous designer and PTGui for stiching hdri spherical maps.

    I live, breathe and digest VFX and everything pertaining to it. I am constantly learning new things, and I am adept at learning new concepts and workflows.

    Thank you for listening to me ramble on, I am really excited and inspired with what you guys are doing and would love to be apart of your success story.

  • Mary Holding says:

    Hey guys!
    I would definitely love to be part of of your team! I had a great experience working with Legion and if you are expanding your squad I would like to be a part of that. Also I’m not just cleanup artist, I’m a pretty good compositor as well! It would be great to hear from you guys.
    Mary

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