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Pixar Animation Studios

Emeryville, - United States
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Shader Technical Director


Technical Director, Shading
Feature Film

Pixar Animation Studios is an Academy Award®-winning computer animation studio with the technical, creative and production capabilities to develop computer-animated feature and short films with memorable characters and heartwarming stories that appeal to audiences of all ages.

Pixar has created seven of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Cars. The studio has won 20 Academy Awards® and its seven films have grossed more than $3.4 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The Northern California studio's next film release is Ratatouille (June 29, 2007).

Who Should Apply

Computer scientists who have strong visual skills, production shading artists with strong technical skills.

Summary of Position

Works with the Modeling, Art, Digital Paint, and Lighting departments to create shaders that provide the surface color, texture and illumination properties of all of the objects in the film, created using programming techniques and digital paint.


- Develops and implements appearance of the texture and color of each object.
- Develops shaders using a wide range of techniques, including 3D-paint and regular texture painting, reuse and modification of existing shading functions, and the creation of original algorithmic work.
- Works from references that may be expressed as drawings, paintings, photographic and motion picture references and/or actual reference objects or locations, but may also take the form of vague verbal descriptions accompanied by furious hand-waving.
- Codes procedural shaders in the RenderMan shading language.

Submission Process

After applying online (http://www.pixar.com/companyinfo/jobs/index.html), please also submit your cover letter, a hard copy of your resume and demo reel (DVD preferred), and reel breakdown/shot list to:

Pixar Animation Studios
Attn: Recruiting
1200 Park Avenue
Emeryville, CA 94608

Please note: we do not return materials, so don't send originals.

Pixar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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