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ToonBox Entertainment Recruiting Storyboard Artist, Pipeline/Generalist TD & Render Wrangler

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Storyboard Artist


Position: Storyboard Artist
Reports to: Lead Story Artist

Position Description and Responsibilities:

· To collaborate with the Director/Lead Story Artist to explore and develop the visual story of THE NUT JOB 2 a 3D feature film production slated for theatrical release.

To listen to the director’s verbal description/launch of sequences and shots and realize character action /pacing/mood/cinematography in visual form.

To create new and interesting ideas to capture both the activity and the emotion of the scene.

· To present and lead the visual direction of story sequences via contributing to sequence/board production while concurrently overseeing a team of storyboard artists.

To self-manage timelines to ensure all sequences are cast, completed and submitted on schedule.
To revise, edit and modify sketches as indicated by the Lead Story Artist.
To implement various computer programs to enhance the visual presentation of ideas for the scene or for effectively capturing the director’s ideas for shots/sequences.

· To streamline or eliminate unnecessary scenes and filming requirements from the production.
· To assist with visual exploration, research, and/or creation of design (character/environments/props) as required by the story during visual development/pre-production
· To maintain awareness of the broader show needs as they relate to aspects of art and design and related revisions which include, but are not limited, to stereoscopy;

To work in adherence to budget and schedule constraints while maintaining continuity within the story, cinematography, aesthetics, mood.

Required Skills:

· Good understanding of layout, composition, sequential drawing and editing.
· Ability to visualise perspective and 3-dimensional space.
· Work either independently or as part of a team.
· Take direction, and also be prepared to make changes to their work.
· Good drawing skills, and must be able to follow an established design style, if required.
· Good communication and presentation skills are essential.
· Depending on the project, basic computer literacy, and familiarity with relevant storyboard software may be required.


· Strong portfolio of work.

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


Submit by email to:

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.


· 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.


· 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


Submit by email to:

Render Wrangler


Position: Render Technical Support / Render Wrangler
Reports to: Head of Production Technology/Producer


The candidate will be part of a team providing 24×7 support of the studio’s rendering efforts in completing our current production, a feature length film, as well as future productions. The primary responsibilities will be monitoring the render farm and ensuring high throughput. This will involve diagnosing and resolving rendering errors, managing priorities and pro-actively resolving issues.


Working knowledge of Linux
Ability to take direction and work with minimal supervision
Desire to pursue a career in the computer animation industry


Maya, Nuke, 3Delight/renderman/other renderers
Qube/Deadline/Alfred/Tractor/other render farm management software
Python/bash/tcsh/other scripting languages
Computer animation production pipelines

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