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Glendale, California - United States
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Technical Director



A Technical Director (TD) provides critical support to a show's artists and department heads. A Technical Director will design, develop, and implement new tools and processes for a particular show or department. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support and development of tools and procedures to extend and enhance the pipeline.

  • Assist animators and artists with troubleshooting of shots. Issues may include problems with fur, clothing, particle effects, animation, and rendering.

  • Support and work with multiple departments, including Modeling, Animation, Lighting, FX, and Research and Development.

  • Ensure software development follows studio policies and guidelines.

  • Work closely with other Technical Directors, Department Supervisors, VFX Supervisors, and the Pipeline team to maintain and further the production pipeline.

  • Assist in training and mentoring of other Entry Level and Associate Technical Directors.

  • Reports to the show's Supervising Technical Director.


Desired Characteristics

  • Production experience in computer animation, visual effects, or game industry.

  • Experience with tool integration into existing or new pipelines.

  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently or within a group, and work with minimal supervision.

  • Exceptional communication skills in dealing with both technical and artistic groups.

  • Strong programming skills. Proficiency in Python required; Object Oriented Programming, C++, C,  desired.

  • Experience with Maya or other 3rd Party Animation systems.

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