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Method Studios Recruiting Houdini Pipeline TD

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Houdini Pipeline TD

Category: Pipeline Programmer
Company: Method Studios Vancouver
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

The Houdini Pipeline Technical Director will be involved in the creation and ongoing support of a large high-end visual effects pipeline and asset/project management system, as well as Houdini tools and utilities. This is a service-oriented role and the TD should have a helpful, patient and accommodating personality.


Develop and maintain scripts, tools and utilities for Houdini artists
Work in and understand the proprietary pipeline, and help develop and maintain this pipeline
Create, package, and release tools and tool projects using proprietary technology
Assist artists in technical issues, help debug any Houdini-related or general pipeline related issues, and help debug rendering and dispatching issues
Work as a “triage” TD from time-to-time, acting as the point person for any and all production-related queries to the pipeline department
Identify workflow inefficiencies and work with artists and other pipeline teams to build systems to improve these inefficiencies


3+ years of experience as a pipeline TD
Experience in a VFX production environment preferred
Expert knowledge of Houdini
Some experience as a Houdini artist
Strong Python scripting abilities
Excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills
Bash/cshell/Linux knowledge
Knowledge of render queuing software
Good understanding of relational databases and/or SQL
Experience in code-sharing, revision control using Git and/or SVN
Experience writing shaders for Renderman, Mantra, and other production renderers an asset
Undergraduate or Graduate degree in Computing Science a plus
Knowledge of Shotgun or asset management a plus
Some knowledge of Maya and Nuke a plus
C/C++ abilities a plus

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