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Pixar Animation Studios Recruiting Technical Director, Effects

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Technical Director, Effects

Location: Emeryville, CA
Job #: 984


About Pixar Animation Studios:

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3” and “Brave,” the Northern California studio has won 29 Academy Awards® and its films have grossed more than $7.7 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Monsters University,” Pixar’s fourteenth feature, will open in theaters in the United States on June 21, 2013.

Who Should Apply

Candidates who have strong visual skills, broad technical skills and creative problem solving ability.

Summary of Position

Reviews concept art, storyboards, and rough animation to plan and execute the simulations and special effects needed for a shot.


Simulates natural phenomena by applying direct and procedural animation techniques to create a variety of effects.
Shades, renders, and composites effects elements.
Uses proprietary tools to implement solutions.
Creates and communicates animation timing for effects.
Works with production team to create the desired look for the effect.
Works in a team environment to determine various design and technical solutions.
Coordinates with other team members on integrating and optimizing the effects process with the balance of the production pipeline.


Experience in film or television effects production.
Degree in Computer Science, Visual Effects or a related area.
Thorough knowledge of both 2D and 3D computer graphics techniques.
Working knowledge of Houdini required.
Shading and scripting experience required.
Compositing experience a plus.
UNIX/LINUX operating system experience a plus.
C/C++ programming experience a plus.
Reel Submission Guidelines

On an Effects reel we look for a good understanding of timing, scale, weight, acceleration, and detail in the effects. Only show the work that you feel best represents your skills and highlights your strengths. Short, high quality reels are preferred over long reels with work that might not best represent your skills or aesthetic.
The most important thing for us to know when watching your reel is exactly what you did in each shot. Ideally, we would like for you to show us the elements you used to create the shot effects along with the final shot. This is especially important when showing live action. If this is not possible, then please be as detailed as you can about which effect you are responsible for and whether or not you did the final integration. If there is effects work in the shot that you are not responsible for, document this in your breakdown. If there are live action effects in the shot, make sure to point this out too. The clearer it is to us what you did and how you did it, the easier it is for us to assess your skills.

Submission Process

• Apply online with your resume, demo reel breakdown and cover letter
• Please ensure that you have agreed to the Terms at the end of the on-line application. You will not be able to continue without this affirmation. By agreeing, you are agreeing to the terms of the Submission Release.
• With this application, please provide a link to your online demo reel in the “demo reel section of the application”, demonstrating your Editing skills.
• Due to the high volume of submissions, we’re not able to provide feedback.
• Please note that we do not accept any submissions at the Security Kiosk. Due to the quantity of submissions we receive, we are unable to personally confirm receipt of packages.

Pixar is an equal opportunity employer.

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