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ToonBox Entertainment Recruiting Render Wrangler

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Render Wrangler

Category: Render Wrangler
Company: ToonBox Entertainment
Location: Toronto (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Render Wranglers (RW’s) are responsible for providing 24×7 support of the studio’s rendering efforts. RWs monitor and load balance the render farm, assist with crashed and erred jobs, and participate in the day-to-day management of render farm hosts. Provide rendering support for all departments and divisions, including: Previz, Animation, Lighting and VFX.

RWs can also assist monitoring data transfers across various file system hierarchies and initiate data moves to balance disk utilization. Other responsibilities include answering the Render Desk hotline, escalating urgent studio support issues after hours and responding to all Support tickets assigned to the department.


Render Farm Management:

• Detect and troubleshoot failed jobs
• Follow-up crashed jobs and jobs killed because they were hung
• Monitor, diagnose and resolve/escalate malfunctioning farm hosts
• Keep the render farm running at maximum capacity
• Monitor file systems for space availability
• Monitor render farm I/O utilization
• Request changes in storage volume sizes as needed
• Identify and report trends and potential problems
• Monitor render blade local disk caches and clear caches where necessary
• Monitor software license utilization on render farm

Render Queue Management:

• Monitor the XRender render queue
• Monitor the XRender Dispatcher operation
• Update and maintain the XRender job priorities according to Production
• Assist artists with (python) job submissions and job errors
• Respond to all render-related Support Request Tickets
• Work with production to forecast render resource needs

Render Pipeline Management:

• Update shot directories, libraries and servers
• Run Linux and Perl scripts to convert proprietary script files into images, movie and video files
• Render, inspect and fix frames for multiple concurrent productions
• Provide render time estimates to producers, directors and animators for dailies

Studio Support:

• Monitor studio infrastructure servers and escalate problems
• Answer and escalate Studio Help Desk calls after hours and on weekends
• After hours and weekend render farm support


Skills Necessary:

• Strong organizational skills and an ability to meet critical deadlines
• Ability to react and respond quickly to the needs of Production
• Proven pro-active team player
• Self-motivated with ability to prioritize and attention to detail
• Ability to collaborate with Supervisors and strong desire to excel
• Knowledge of Deadline, Photoshop and other frame checking software
• Able to work very flexible hours, potentially on weekends or nights
• Proficient in 3dLight


• Good knowledge of Maya, Houdini, Nuke
• Scripting knowledge a definite asset

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


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