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Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
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Pipeline Animation Technical Director


Purpose of the job:

Pipeline Technical Directors are responsible for improving the overall efficiency of the facility-wide production pipeline. They design, implement, and manage tools that assist the digital artists with their daily use of both third party and in-house software and systems. Pipeline TDs work with peers and supervisors to craft novel tools, techniques, and procedures to aid the execution of current projects and advance the capabilities of the Facility. The role requires strong technical and communication skills, as well as a firm understanding of software design, graphics, and production work. The Pipeline Animation TD focuses efforts on the tool set in and around the Animation Department.  

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Work with other TDs and artists to help design and craft tools to be integrated into Digital Domain's existing pipeline. These tools will be created using a combination of custom and commercial Python and C++ APIs, with a focus on Maya, our primary animation platform.
  • Work with Animation Department Representatives to augment their work flows and tool sets to achieve goals set forth by Department and Technology Leadership
  • Work with the Global Pipeline Supervisor and Global Production Technology Supervisor to assure that approaches comport with the overall Technology goals of the company
  • Work with animation artists to troubleshoot and fix problems
  • Craft and update documentation for relevant tools, techniques and workflows

Education and/or Experience Required:

  • 3+ years experience as an Animation Technical Director
  • Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or equivalent work experience
  • Practical knowledge of Python strongly desired, knowledge of PyQt a plus
  • Expert in Maya
  • Proficiency in Maya’s Python and C++ APIs
  • Experience with Nuke and/or Houdini a plus

Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands: 

  • Office working environment
  • Hours for this position are based on normal working hours but will require extra hours pending production needs
  • Walking/bending/sitting

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work.  This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.  Digital Domain 3.0, Inc management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.

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