Added by on 2013-04-15

Method Studios Vancouver is Recruiting for SHADER WRITERS/TDs

Method Studios Vancouver is actively seeking SHADER WRITERS/TDs for current and upcoming feature film projects.

The Shader TD is responsible for the creation and maintenance of CG shaders for one or more of the render engines used at Method Studios Vancouver (currently V-ray, Mantra and Mental Ray). The position requires a high degree of technical skill and artistic judgment. A Shader TD must be able to balance artistic needs with the production requirements and technical limitations of the software and hardware employed. He or she needs to liaise with both artists and production to build shaders and maintain shading networks that meet the requirements of the production.

Responsibilities and Duties
Design, program and support shaders for V-ray, Mantra and/or Mental Ray in a film production environment
In collaboration with the lighting and/or look-dev lead, design, implement and support show standard light rigs and associated technologies, as well as design and implement standard AOVs
Problem solving and developing improved rendering efficiencies
Create and support UI for artists, providing tools for user-friendly controls
Design, develop, and maintain proprietary scripts used in production if appropriate
Commit to version control and release all code in accordance with the Method proprietary pipeline

Good working knowledge of Mantra, V-ray or Mental Ray shader writing required
Good knowledge of Renderman shader writing an asset
Good working knowledge of IFD or RIB structures and optimization required
Good understanding of film lighting workflows and requirements required
Excellent problem solving and communication skills required
Experience with Houdini especially VOP creation highly desirable
Linux scripting experience, especially in Bash/Python, highly desirable
Undergraduate degree or a diploma in Computing Science, or related disciplines an asset
Experience scripting or writing plugins for Houdini or Maya an asset in C++ and/or Python an asset
This is a full-time position requiring some overtime.

Please e-mail your CV, demo reel link (if applicable) to: van-recruiting[at] with the subject line “Shader TD” along with your name, as in: “Shader TD – Joe Smith”.

We thank all candidates in advance for applying but only those selected will be contacted for an interview.
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