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Production Manager

Mount Pleasant, Vancouver, BC, Canada


The Production Manager (PM) is a key partner with the VFX Producer and critical member of show leadership, primarily acting as the owner of project scheduling and the central link between the planning and execution of the show. The PM reports to the Producer daily on show specific tasks and for production and artist management, supporting Producer duties as needed.



  • In collaboration with Producers and Supervisors, create overall show schedule across all disciplines and external vendors.

  • Oversee implementation of schedule by guiding and directing coordinators, Supervisors and leads as needed.

  • Work closely with shows and company leadership on day-to-day crew needs as required.

  • Act as a liaison between client-side Production team and Distillery Production team.

  • With the Producer, manage the production crew on a daily basis including directing Coordinators and any Production Assistants to ensure all show needs are met.

  • With input from Supervisors and VFX Producer, proactively identify and plan for work to be outsourced. Help identify vendors appropriate for the work. Prepare vendor bidding packages, contribute to vendor cost analysis and weekly cost reporting as needed.

  • Proactively problem solve and raise concerns in all aspects of the show, client, and vendor relations.

  • Assist as liaison with vendors for technical and creative issues that arise to ensure work stays on schedule and optimal workflow is adhered to.

  • In partnership with show leadership and the systems team, facilitate overall setup of Project ("Show") pipeline and toolsets to leverage and evolve company standards.

  • Evaluate and learn individual artists strengths; help develop cross utilization of resources to promote an effective workflow.

  • Act as default production leader when Producer is out of office or otherwise engaged and direct '2nd lieutenant' level duties with the production crew.

  • In partnership with Producer, manage show reporting to make sure work is on budget.

  • Manage client contact when Producer is absent or unavailable.

  • Supervise, delegate, and consult on creation of training plan for Production Coordinator(s) and Production Assistant(s).

  • Shape and define company standard workflows for production.

  • Manage data and communication flow to and from client.


Core Competencies:

  • High level of problem solving and creative thinking skills.

  • Strong English communication skills.

  • Time management and organizational skills.

  • Strong teamwork and interdisciplinary thinking.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Film, Art, Drama or related field or equivalent work experience required.

  • 5 years work experience in production to include strong working knowledge of Visual Effects techniques and terminology.

  • Proficiency with PCs and Macs, software including Microsoft Word and Excel, MS Project or other Project management software a plus.

  • This position may require daily overtime and some Saturday work.

  • Ability to work on a computer/keyboard for long periods of time.

  • Majority in-studio work, with potential for a portion of remote work.

  • Ability to travel as needed.

  • Attention to detail, follow through and strong communication skills.

  • Must possess very strong organizational and communication skills and be able to handle a variety of tasks in an efficient manner while meeting deadlines.

  • Ability to juggle multiple projects, work with diverse personalities, and work within tight timelines.

  • Shotgun software experience a plus


Who We Are:

Distillery VFX is a full-service boutique visual effects studio in Vancouver, BC, Canada, 

We're an ensemble of experienced compositors and generalists focused on delivering high-end environment and compositing work.

Our namesake is derived from our team’s deepest core value:

To refine our processes and workflows to their purest and most efficient forms.


What We Offer:

  • Competitive salary based on experience

  • A fun, creative and collaborative environment

  • Learn from the best in the biz

  • Dog-friendly workplace

  • Hybrid workplace

  • Commitment to COVID-19 Safety

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