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Lucasfilm Animation Company Recruiting Assistant Technical Director

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Assistant Technical Director

Company: Lucasfilm
Location: Letterman Digital Arts Center
State: California
City: San Francisco
Benefited/Non-Benefited: Benefited
Salary/Hourly: Hourly

Job Description Summary:

The Asst Technical Director reports to the Manager, Animation & Digital Assets is responsible for supporting the evaluation of all 3D assets for 3rd party 3D scanning vendors, various digital assets from Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), and the fulfillment of special asset requests for departments such as Games and Animation.


• Manages the evaluation and feedback for all digital assets from 3rd party vendors handling 3D scanning (both for Lucasfilm production and external vendors); offers guidance and knowledge; delivers approved assets to both internal Lucasfilm departments and external groups
• Works closely with 3D & Sound Asset Administrator on fulfillment of all 3D archival requests
• Aids with creation and upkeep of digital asset specs for Lucasfilm internal groups (excluding Skywalker Sound) alongside the Manager, Animation & Digital Assets
• Facilitates 3D asset handoff and ingestion into the asset management library
• Serves as technical liaison between production and internal Lucasfilm departments
• Responsible for the creation of all asset turntables and the setup of any associated related scripts and/or tools
• Assists with fulfillment of all Animation 3D asset requests when needed with the Lucasfilm Animation department
• Coordinates with IT to address technical department projects (such as Zendesk, software adoption, disk management, etc.)
• Administrates the department Zendesk interface, manages issue resolution and enhancement implementations
• Responsible for the lighting set up and rendering of all custom 3D files, when applicable, to determine appropriate lighting style based on client needs and specs
• Manages the monitoring of all production materials to ensure compatibility with established pipelines (both live-action and Animation, when needed); duties involved, but are not limited to:
o Shot Directory Arrangement & disk space monitoring
o Creation and maintenance of pipeline documentation
o Proactively manages processor load/requirements, reporting problems to Manager, Animation & Digital Assets
o Knowledge of Production scripts
o Modification of existing scripts where needed and development of appropriate improvements to existing pipeline
• Responsible for the management and production of 3D delivery packages, including but not limited to: scene extraction, basic lighting setups (when required), layered file management, high-resolution rendering, and delivery
• Facilitates integration of new software, hardware, and procedures into specific LFL Art & Asset pipelines as neded or as requested
• Establishes a consistent process for communicating targets, assignments, and priorities to the Manager, Animation & Digital Assets and Director, Asset Management


• Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience
• 2-3 years working within animation or production industry
• Knowledge of the construction and use of digital assets in a production environment, including polygonal and subdivision modeling, texturing workflows, and basic shading and rigging.
• Strong knowledge of common 3D software, including Maya, 3DSMax, Zbrush and Nuke to aid in production and also troubleshooting common errors and creating various plugins.
• Familiarity with the different requirements for assets used in VFX, Games, VR/AR, and other environments.
• Demonstrated familiarity with the handling of and processing of 3D scan data.
• Demonstrated working knowledge of Python, Linux, and Windows OS.
• Working knowledge of Photoshop.
• Demonstrated ability to be proactive and anticipate potential problems before they occur, with strong follow-through skills.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Ability to prioritize tasks and manage time well.

Preferred Qualifications

• Working knowledge of Modo, Mari, Alembic preferred.
• Experience with database systems for tracking assets, requests and deliveries.
• Ability to apply the core concepts of data archiving, including tagging, metadata, and branching.

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