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ToonBox Entertainment Recruiting Pipeline/Generalist TD

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Pipeline/Generalist TD

Reports to: CG Supervisor/Pipeline Supervisor/Head of Production Technology

Position Description:

A Technical Director (TD) provides critical support to a production’s artists, team leads and supervisors. A TD will design, develop, implement and maintain new tools and processes for a particular project or department. As well, during production a TD will troubleshoot and resolve technical issues as needed to keep production moving forward. Additionally, a TD may be tasked with shot production work when needed and where the shot work appropriately matches the skill set of the TD.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Research, design and develop production pipeline tools, workflows and processes in support of stereoscopic CG animated feature films in addition to any other ongoing studio projects.
Design new systems, maintain existing tools, and support both artists and engineers in their production tasks.
Interface with other technical Leads in order to collect requirements and architect solutions for tool and library implementations that meet production needs.
Assist animators and artists in troubleshooting production issues in asset creation and shot production across the entire production pipeline, and help resolve those issues with data or tools fixes as required.
Support and work with multiple departments, including Modeling, Rigging, Surfacing, Layout, Animation, CFX, Lighting, VFX, Stereo and R&D.
Work closely with other Technical Directors, Creative Supervisors, and the IT and Production Engineering teams to maintain and further the production pipeline.
Ensure that all software development follows studio policies and guidelines, aggressively maintain software documentation, and assist in the training and mentoring of other TDs.
Work effectively in a dynamic and collaborative team environment.
Effectively understand and debug the existing toolset.

Requirements:

Experience working with and building tools for Maya, Houdini or any other production modeling, animation or effects software; also, exposure to Yeti or another fur and hair system is a plus.
Strong programming skills, including proficiency in Python, PyQt, MEL, and Linux shell scripting; C++ or C is also valuable.
Production experience in computer animation, visual effects or game development.
Strong R&D experience in artist tool development and toolset integration within existing or new pipelines; a proficiency in mathematics is a definite asset.
Experience with Nuke, Fusion or other compositing software.
Experience with Renderman, 3Delight or other Renderman compliant renderers.
Experience with Tractor, Deadline, Qube or other render farm management software.
Experience with software version control systems like Mercurial, SVN, Git or other similar structures.
Ability to establish priorities, work independently or within a group, and work with minimal supervision.
Exceptional communication skills in dealing with both technical and artistic groups and individuals.
Exceptional trouble-shooting and problem solving skills.

Education:

B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science, Engineering (or equivalent) is preferred.

Other Desired Skills:

A strong combined technical and creative background with in-depth knowledge of current 2D and 3D computer graphics techniques as they are used in the feature film and media production industries.
A professional history of collaboration on projects with teams of varied sizes and disciplines.
RI filtering experience with Renderman compliant renderers.
UI development experience with PyQt or wxPython.

Please send your material with appropriate documentation to the following address:

Attention: ToonBox Careers
ToonBox Entertainment Ltd.
26 Richardson St. Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5A 4J9

OR

Submit by email to: careers@toonboxent.com
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