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DHX Media Recruiting Senior Director of Technology, Animator, Junior Pipeline Technical Director, CG Supervisor & Lead Lighting Artist

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Senior Director of Technology

Description

About the Position

The senior director of technology is responsible for the IT and technology (software and pipeline) strategies and teams for DHX Media’s content division.
As the senior director of technology, you will bring solid leadership and technical credentials to DHX, along with a results-driven and collaborative approach.
In this role, you will lead the overall direction of the technology teams, which include systems administration, network/storage operations, database administration, software development and pipeline development and maintenance. You will be responsible for leading the strategy for designing, implementing and maintaining the Linux and Windows production environments for the animation studios at DHX. You will ensure that the technology infrastructure effectively and efficiently supports DHX’s creative/production business operations and strategic direction.

Responsibilities

Oversee deployment and management of mission critical systems
Plan scalability/capacity architecture to support business growth every year
Assess and approve design recommendations for software and hardware projects in collaboration with the SVP
Steer the technology towards inter-studio collaboration with a greater sharing of resources
Infrastructure Management
Provide overall direction, plan and budget management for hardware/software infrastructure needs between production, pipeline, IT and software departments
Follow through to ensure that all infrastructure services are meeting or exceeding business requirements
Lead the infrastructure design of the new studio building in Vancouver and the transition from two studios to one, meeting the varous production infrastructure needs
Matrix across the studio, working with other departments to define hardware/software needs with consideration to issues such as budget, deployment schedules and resource availability
Establish and maintain relationships with vendors and approve sourcing decisions, expenditure and planning to ensure production stability
Business Strategy and Management
Lead the technology strategic planning process
Collaborate in defining team goals based on production requirements
Lead the integration of technology across the division, identifying where common platforms and solutions can be leveraged
Assess current tools/pipelines/software to identify current state, and recommend alternatives where appropriate along with budgetary requirements
Stay abreast of new technologies, including open source, to understand possible implementations in the studios
Provide cost effective solutions with well-articulated risks to allow for the best understanding of how to meet business needs.
Customer Relationship Management
Establish and maintain relationships with supported business units and their development and production teams
Oversee regular needs assessment of the division’s infrastructure to ensure support, services, and solutions are effectively meeting the needs of production
Act as the escalation point for operational issues

Qualifications

Minimum 10 years progressive technology experience including at least 7 years of experience leading teams in an operations environment
10+ years of experience of managing systems design/architecture with both Windows and Linux server support
Experience of working with pipeline technology in the animation industry—specifically, experience working with Maya, Shotgun, Flash, Toonboom and Renderman would be an advantage
Ability to manage large infrastructure projects—a history of progressively complex project management experience is a plus
Direct experience with managing multi-site production environments.
Strong leadership and team building and development skills are essential
Strong interpersonal and communication skills including both oral and written proficiency.
Must be able to present effectively to and facilitate meetings with a wide variety of audiences including senior management, business units, development teams and technology partners
Strong technical aptitude for operating systems, databases, networks, etc., including vendor hardware
Experience in large server environments (1000+ employees)

Please Apply at: http://animationstudiocareers.dhxmedia.com/?nl=1&jvi=ouzy1fwm,Apply&jvs=Creative_Cow
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Animator

Description

Department: Animation
Location: Vancouver

About the Position

As an animator you are responsible for creating 3D animated sequences of characters, objects and cameras under the creative direction of the animation director and supervisor. You excel at creating high-calibre, dramatic and action-oriented character animation while at the same time meeting production deadlines. You are able to be flexible and adapt to various animation styles.

Responsibilities

Work from storyboard/animatic to create complex animation sequences as assigned by the lead animator/ director
Demonstrate a strong sense of performance, physical motion, posing, timing, and weight, including lip sync and camera composition
Block movement in rough animation, refine and polish to completion in final animation
Complete assigned animation within scheduled timeframe
Create quality animation that meets the initial vision, maintaining shot to shot continuity
Based on the production schedule and resources available, ensure and maintain the quality, style, and continuity of your animation
Address required revisions and modify shots as requested
Anticipate, communicate and troubleshoot any creative or technical issues with assistance from key stakeholders
Work collaboratively in a team environment
Actively participate in production-related meetings by offering thoughts and ideas
Assist with and complete production-related assignments
Keep current on animation techniques and technology
Ensure the lead animator/director’s instructions are carried through Recommend any team training to the lead animator
Carry out duties in a professional and positive manner
Be a positive and creative force on the team

Qualifications

1-2 years of experience in animation or film industry
Degree/diploma in fine arts or animation or equivalent experience is an asset
Proficient in 3D animation packages
Solid understanding of character posing, character animation, lip syncing and camera composition
Strong understanding of principles of animation
Able to use acting skills to bring characters to life
Strong attention to detail
A strong understanding of basic human kinetics and basic real world physics
Able to take direction, collaborate, and be a team player
Ability to communicate in a professional and positive manner
Able to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
Able to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
Able to work alone and collaboratively, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressure
Encourage feedback and new initiatives
Able to adapt to multiple animation styles
Must be open to direction and able to embrace change

Please Apply at: http://animationstudiocareers.dhxmedia.com/?nl=1&jvi=o5pe1fwt,Apply&jvs=Creative_Heads
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Junior Pipeline Technical Director

Description

Department: Pipeline
Location: Vancouver

About the Position

As the junior pipeline technical director, you research new technologies, guide them straight into production and see how they affect the look and feel of the animation we do. This is an ideal opportunity for a junior developer or a savvy technical artist to get your foot in the door of the pipeline world.

Responsibilities

Develop pipeline tools and processes to meet production needs
Ensure tools and processes meet the global pipeline direction
Work with the pipeline supervisor to design and prioritize production needs
Research new techniques to meet those needs
Design and develop new tools to fit and improve our pipeline
Support production to ensure deadlines are met
Maintain, debug and update existing tools when needed
Test and debug tools and process to ensure stability and usability
Work with software engineers and IT team to debug and test hardware and software
Educate artists on how to work with the pipeline
Create and update documentation explaining our processes and tools
Carry out duties in a professional and positive manner
Be a positive and creative force on the team
Lead by example and set the bar

Qualifications

2+ years of experience in animation or visual effects for film or television
1+ years of experience developing for Maya, Nuke or Houdini is required
Strong experience in Python is required
Excellent communication, troubleshooting and debugging skills
Experience with render farms is a plus
Experience in designing and building database systems is a benefit
Experience in Django, Flask or web development is a benefit
Working knowledge of C/C++ a benefit

Please Apply at: http://animationstudiocareers.dhxmedia.com/?nl=1&jvi=o5hd1fwk,Apply&jvs=Creative_Heads
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CG Supervisor

Description

Department: Production
Location: Vancouver

About the Position

In this brand new role you will supervise, manage, create and administer a digital production pipeline for the amazing slate of shows at our studio. As the CG supervisor, you will ensure that each show has a consistent quality and style as well as ensure the project is of the highest quality possible within the parameters of production schedule and budget.

Responsibilities

Establish the technical direction and technical foundation to meet artistic, budget and schedule parameters
Collaborate with series directors, pipeline supervisor, modeling supervisor, VFX supervisor, team leads and other key members of the leadership team to develop a strong and flexible CG pipeline
Keep a critical eye for creativity, continuity issues between shots, quality control, and technical errors and artifacts
Be an extremely proactive problem-solver and work with pipeline and production to seek the best possible solution ahead of time
Facilitate and maintain open communication with production managers and series directors
Provide troubleshooting for technical issues
Facilitate and develop consensus between technology, artists and production management
Actively contribute to the development of the overall pipeline process
Actively contribute to the workflow decision making process
Identify, research, recommend and implement new techniques into studio tools, adding value to work produced
Oversee render and storage requirements for assigned projects
Respect and adapt to the Nerd Corps system of data storage and retrieval through the use of the in-house software
Find a balance between creative needs and technical resources available
Ensure that all production deadlines are met while producing work at a quality level in keeping with production requirements
Actively participate in production-related meetings by offering thoughts and ideas
Ensure the team is productive by answering questions that arise
Be aware of what is happening on the team at all times and identify obstacles to the studio CG supervisor and pipeline supervisor
Anticipate, communicate, and troubleshoot any creative or technical issues with assistance from key stakeholders
Keep current with technology trends and tools that best suit the production and Nerd Corps
Recommend any crew training needs to studio CG supervisor
Carry out duties in a professional and positive manner
Be a positive and creative force on the team

HR/Recruiting

Be part of the recruiting process by assisting the HR department with the development of job descriptions, sourcing of candidates as well as the candidate selection process

Crew Management

Train the team on an ongoing basis both technically and creatively
Communicate expectations to team while balancing creative desires with the requirements of production
Oversee the daily activities of the team
Partner with management to guide artists’ overall professional development by providing performance feedback, mentoring, assisting with resolving performance issues and maintaining positive morale among the team
Foster and enable communication and collaboration across departments
Set goals for others that can be achieved using available resources and use previous measurable performance to establish goals within projected timeframe
Determine and understand the needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses of the team and use this information to contribute to the growth and development of the team
Provide constructive criticism, wisdom, guidance, and feedback that will help others further their career development

Qualifications

5+ years of experience in animation or film industry
Excellent understanding of CG production pipeline
Excellent communication skills, organization and team awareness
Strong combined creative and technical background
Proficiency in Maya is a must
Experienced in Renderman and/or Mentalray (user level)
Great understanding of animation styles and techniques as well as a solid comprehension of animation production for television or film
Able to take direction, collaborate, and be a team player
Able to communicate in a professional and positive manner
Able to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
Able to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
Able to work alone and collaboratively, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressure
Encourage feedback and new initiatives
Able to adapt to multiple show styles
Must be open to direction and able to embrace change

Please Apply at: http://animationstudiocareers.dhxmedia.com/?nl=1&jvi=omhd1fwB,Apply&jvs=Creative_Heads
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Lead Lighting Artist

Description

Department: Lighting
Location: Vancouver

About the Position

Woohoo! We’re moving our pipeline from XSI to Maya and Nuke, and we’re looking for a lead lighting artist to help lead us through that transition! It’s a very exciting time to join our team with this amazing opportunity to create and develop our next generation of productions! As a lead lighting artist, you will be responsible for developing tools, shaders and workflows for the shading and lighting artists. You will also be working closely with lighting team and pipeline TDs to ensure that we’re able to achieve the look and vision of our shows as efficiently as possible. If this sounds like you…what are you waiting for?! Apply today!

Responsibilities

Establish lookdev lighting environment to match the show’s needs
Collaborate with compositing lead to establish an efficient framework for both lighting and compositing teams
Lead lighting team to deliver the show on time and in the expected quality
Ensure and maintain the expected render quality and style across the show
Work closely and communicate with VFX supervisor, compositing and shading leads, and the pipeline team to ensure an efficient and creative production
Support, assist and mentor other team members
Review, debug and improve other team members’ assets, workflows and techniques
Meet production deadlines and maintain regular communication with the production team
Communicate with modelling supervisor and team leads on concerns and production issues ahead of time
Be a positive and creative force in building a healthy work and team culture
Provide constructive criticism, wisdom, guidance, and feedback that will help others further their career development

Qualifications

3+ years of experience in animation or film industry
Previous experience in lighting and/or compositing in animation TV or film
Good understanding of modelling, texturing, shading, lighting, compositing and rendering workflows
Experience in Maya is a must
Experience in Nuke is required
Experience in Renderman RIS or Reyes is a benefit
Experience in Katana is a benefit
Able to take direction, collaborate, and be a team player
Ability to communicate in a professional and positive manner
Able to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
Able to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
Able to work alone and collaboratively, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressure
Encourage feedback and new initiatives
Able to adapt to multiple show styles
Must be open to direction and able to embrace change

Please Apply at: http://animationstudiocareers.dhxmedia.com/?nl=1&jvi=oDid1fwT,Apply&jvs=Creative_Heads
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