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Sony Imageworks Vancouver Seeks Graphics Software Developer – Nuke Pipeline

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Sony Pictures Imageworks is seeking a strong programmer to join the software development team in Vancouver, BC.

Sony Pictures Imageworks produces high-end visual effects for movies, such as the Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Oz the Great and Powerful. The company’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for Spider-Man 2.

Today, Imageworks is unique in its ability to provide quality digital production for live action, all-CG, motion capture and hybrid live-action/animated films. Its community of innovative digital artists and computer technologists collaborate creatively with filmmakers, helping them to bring their vision from the storyboard to the theater and delight audiences around the globe.


The Nuke Pipeline engineer develops and maintains an efficient and creative workflow for compositing artists. This includes continued integration of Nuke into an established studio pipeline, creation of new plugins, scripts, and user interfaces. This position requires collaboration with in-house engineers, outside vendors, as well as compositing and lighting artists. The tools created help to facilitate cutting edge imagery on a wide variety of shows.


Experience programming in Python and C++
Experience with Nuke’s python APIs, NDK, gizmos, and compositing workflows
Knowledge of compositing, lighting and studio pipeline development
Good communication skills and an aptitude for working in small teams


Experience writing image and/or geometry plugins in C++ in Nuke or other compositing package
Bachelor in Computer Science or equivalent
Stereo workflows and toolsets
Experience with UNIX / Linux
Knowledge of third party graphics applications (e.g. Maya, Houdini, Katana)



The Backend Development team works closely with artists in rendering, compositing, stereo, color science and fx. We support both off-the-shelf and proprietary tools, developing the workflows that help artists efficiently create amazing images for film.


Core technology growth in our Katana lighting tool, working closely with The Foundry’s Katana engineers.
Ongoing contributions to open source projects like OpenColorIO, OpenImageIO, OSL, Alembic, and more.
GPU implementations for visualization of assets.
Support color integration for all shows and outside vendors as well.
Creating cutting-edge, next generation rendering algorithms within our version of Arnold.
Reducing the time to first pixel as well as finding efficiencies through more streamlined toolsets.
Leveraging and honing OSL to produce easy-to-use, realistic shaders that just look good out of the box.
Integrating Houdini and Maya tools to our fx pipeline. Visualizing fx elements within Katana and Arnold.
Continuously improving toolsets, as needs arise, for show driven technology requirements.

Those with a penchant for assessing artist workflow limitations, and the aptitude to implement a cohesive solution, are encouraged to apply.

To apply please send a resume to: Please reference the job title in the subject line of your email.
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