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Animation Technical Director- Digital Domain Vancouver

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Animation Technical Director Job Description

Location: Vancouver, BC

Summary:

The Animation Technical Directors are responsible for improving the overall efficiency of the facility-wide Animation pipeline. They design, implement, and manage tools that assist the Animators with their daily use of both third party and in-house software and systems. These tools are intended to make Animation/Character production as efficient and productive as possible.

Animation 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. They also support Animators in tracking down technical problems with rigs, models, tools or data flow. The role requires strong technical and excellent communication/”customer service” skills, as well as a firm understanding of software design, graphics, and production work flow.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

High emphasis on translation of Animator feature requests and workflow discussions into practical designs and tool implementation that integrate with the production pipeline
Continually looking for ways to optimize the efficiency/workflow for Animation
Work with department representatives to augment their work flows and tool sets to achieve specific goals of the project
Interface with departments both up and downstream, to facilitate the smooth flow of assets through the pipeline
Work with artists to troubleshoot and fix problems
Ensure animation tools and workflows follows studio policies and guidelines.
Work closely with other Technical Directors to maintain and further the entire production pipeline
Craft and update documentation for tools, techniques and work flows generated by the Technical Director

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

3+ years experience as a Technical Director with a focus on Animation or Rigging pipelines
Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics a plus
Expert knowledge of Maya required
Proficiency in Python APIs and Mel scripting language
Must have written and supported animation and/or rigging tools used significantly in production
Experience with tool integration into existing or new pipelines
Working experience with one or more additional professional graphics packages, including
Houdini, and Nuke
Ability to establish priorities, work independently or within a group, and work with minimal
supervision
Excellent communication skills in dealing with both technical and artistic groups

To apply for this position please submit an application at http://careers.digitaldomain.com/application.php?job_id=14_2_0622
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