Industrial Light & Magic Recruiting Assistant Technical Director & Technical Assistant
Assistant Technical Director – Project
Company: Lucasfilm Animation
Location: Letterman Digital Arts Center
City: San Francisco
Lucasfilm Animation is looking for an Assistant Technical Director to help produce and maintain a smoothly running 3D Story pipeline. This position is responsible for all technical matters in the story phase of production, including show setup, technical support, show QC, packaging, as well as tool design and integration.
Understanding and assisting with any technical issues for the 3D Story Department Pipeline.
Under supervision from the Lead Lighting Technical Director, develop tools (scripting and programming) for the 3D Story department.
Assist in Show Setup and Packaging, and maintain all the tools required to perform these tasks.
QC and problem solve for issues of all media coming into, being used by, and then delivered out of the 3D Story Department.
Assist the 3D Story artists with any technical matters that they may have.
Contribute to the success of both the 3D Story Creative and Pipeline Department through actively supporting operational tasks as well as identifying and addressing potential issues/problems.
Learn and follow coding conventions and standards.
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience.
2-3 plus years of experience working within the animation industry.
Ability to work well in a fast paced, deadline oriented environment.
Ability to handle multiple tasks.
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Ability to communicate at both a technical and non-technical level with colleagues.
Must be able to handle critique and (code) review.
Strong interest in animation story process preferred.
Must have demonstrated expertise in the Maya software package.
Demonstrated programming skills: Python and Mel.
Strong understanding of animation production and development process.
Working knowledge of a Unix-like operating system also preferred.
Technical Assistant – Level I
Company: Industrial Light & Magic
Location: Letterman Digital Arts Center
City: San Francisco
The Technical Assistant I (TA) is responsible for providing front line rendering and data management support for ILM VFX Production teams and the facility. TA’s are also responsible for managing storage by wrangling data through archiving, removing data and following resource management best practices. The TA team ensures full utilization of the render farm during their shift and communicates as technical issues affecting the throughput the farm arise.
Prioritizes overnight renders. Coordinates processor allocations with Production Engineering & Show Production teams. Balances processor demands within show, between shows, and as a share of facility pool.
Responsible for reporting issues with frames post render to the digital artists and CG Supervisors and work to find a solution.
Works to ensure full resource utilization during the night. Manipulates priorities to ensure that renders are completed by next business day. Reports any machine problems or general issues that hinder the completion of renders to the appropriate department.
Monitors disk usage for the facility, with a particular focus on individual shows, and on a shot-by-shot basis within those shows. Coordinates show storage needs on a long-term basis with Digital Resource Manager.
Works with the Digital Resource Manager, CG Supervisors and Production Engineering team to ensure show follows proper data management procedures.
Prioritizes, manages, and maintains archive of show data, including creation of archival backups for shows, maintenance of archive database, storage and retrieval of physical media for recent show archives. Fulfills all data restoration requests, including archival research to locate requested data.
Responsible for maintaining and updating department tools. Works closely with Production Engineering to ensure that code is clean and well maintained.
Participates in development projects; writes production and pipeline scripts and tools as required to support ongoing technology efforts.
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Film Production or equivalent degree.
1-2 years relevant work experience
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively interact with diverse personalities.
Proven ability and experience working well on teams.
Strong time management skills; Ability to multi-task and prioritize.
Aesthetic eye and/or artistic background highly desired.
Familiarity with film and video post-production and/or computer graphics techniques highly desired.
Proven ability to work autonomously and in team settings.
Strong problem solving skills
Ability to adapt to a high pressure, fast-paced, dynamic environment
Ability to work shift hours as required
Proven Knowledge of and experience with Mac, Linux & Windows operating systems.
Strong scripting language (e.g. Python, Perl) and programming language (e.g. C/C++, Java) is a must.
Knowledge of, and experience with, 3D animation software (e.g. Maya) highly desired.
Database knowledge preferred (e.g. Oracle, Redis, MongoDB, Cassandra)
Knowledge of networking, tape backup systems, hardware a plus
VFX, Feature Animation or Episodic production experience a plus
Apply here:- https://www.lucasfilm.apply2jobs.com/ProfExt/index.cfm?fuseaction=mExternal.showJob&RID=6551&CurrentPage=1
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