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Senior Animation/Layout (Performance) Pipeline TD


Are you a pipeline TD who enjoys working with the Layout and Animation departments?

The Senior Performance TD will generally be responsible for varying levels of pipeline troubleshooting, user support, technical direction, performance department’s tool development and mentoring other TDs.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Test and validate new releases of pipeline tools both interactive (Maya) and automated (Farm) within these production and farm environments.
  • Responsible for creative problem solving in relation to complex pipelines and assets, user support, environment and character pipeline development, environment shot assembly and technical direction.
  • Report on and communicate issues back to the Performance Departments and R&D.  Track and resolve issues in partnership with R&D.
  • Contribute to the documentation of the Performance department’s technical platform.
  • Work closely with the Department Supervisors to research and develop department specific tools, maintain existing tools and plan for the future show/studio needs.
  • Ensure the department is technically well supported.
  • Liaise with the R&D team to ensure compliance with current internal best practices.
  • Anticipate potential issues and create fixes before problems arise.
  • Provide training to the artists for new tools.
  • Take responsibility for the optimisation of the workflow of the department.
  • Maintain existing tools and contribute in long term planning for future projects.

What you bring:

  • 5 + years’ experience on feature films, TV and/or animated feature.
  • Proven TD experience in large scale animated features, animated TV series and/or VFX feature films.
  • Proven experience in senior/lead role.3 years minimum working on animated features or VFX projects
  • Solid knowledge of Python, UI toolkits PyQt etc.
  • Solid knowledge of Coding within DCC apps such as Maya, Houdini and Nuke using data models such as OM2 etc.
  • Understanding of coding practices such as design patterns.
  • Solid understanding of animation and layout techniques.
  • Understanding of USD and its general concepts.
  • The ability to code review and mentor other TDs in the team.
  • Excellent in pro-active problem solving and finding solutions within the parameters you’re presented with.
  • Ability to work solo as well as collaboratively within a strong team environment; build relationships across departments, including global teams, and when necessary to pass knowledge to other staff members.
  • An adaptable approach, with the ability to balance your workload with the needs of the artists and production deadlines.
  • The ability to efficiently organise and prioritise work across multiple areas and remain calm under pressure.
  • Excellent communication skills in both a technical and artistic manner.
  • Willing to learn, and contribute to the success of the team and project.
  • Self-motivated with strong organisational and time management skills.
  • An inquisitive mind with excellent attention to detail and the ability to follow through on suggested solutions.
  • An ability to work in a collaborative environment, take direction and contribute to ensure that the highest creative standards are achieved.
  • Programming experience in C++ and/or adegree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physics or equivalent will be considered a bonus.

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Animal Logic is recognised as one of the world’s leading independent creative digital studios, producing award winning design, visual effects and animation for over 25 years. With studios in Sydney and Vancouver and development offices in Sydney and Los Angeles, Animal Logic continues to forge new partnerships and collaborations with leading studios and filmmakers to develop and produce stories that resonate with a global audience.

Animal Logic is currently in production on Peter Rabbit 2 and is creating visual effects for Captain Marvel. Recent productions include The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Peter RabbitThe LEGO Ninjago MovieGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant. Other film credits include: The LEGO MovieAvengers: Age of UltronThe Great GatsbyLegend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole300Happy Feet and The Matrix.

Animal Logic Entertainment (ALE) is the production arm tasked with developing a strong slate of innovative, commercially minded, story driven projects stamped with the visual and technical innovation that has become the hallmark of the studios’ work. The development slate, while eclectic and diverse, has a core focus on tent pole, 4-quadrant family feature animation and hybrid projects as well as filmmaker driven and visually arresting live action/VFX films. ALE is currently in production on Peter Rabbit 2. Previous projects include Peter Rabbit and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.

Truant Pictures, a subsidiary of Animal Logic, collaborates with both emerging and established talent to develop and produce thought-provoking genre films for an international audience. Truant Pictures operates out of Animal Logic’s Sydney-based studio and Los Angeles office, alongside ALE.

For over 25 years, Animal Logic has remained committed to innovation, technical and creative excellence and most importantly, creating a collaborative and storytelling culture with a unique voice. We have BIG dreams!

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