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Real-time Rendering Graduate Intern, Disney Animation - Summer 2022

Burbank, California, United States

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Job ID 874043BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Oct. 26, 2021

Job Summary:

Have you wondered how your skills and talents could translate into the world of animation? Our Internship Program dives into the craft, technology, and operations behind our animated films while developing your skills and connecting you to industry mentors. Find yourself immersed in hands-on projects and learning guided by our developers, engineers, artists, and production managers. You'll learn what it means to be a part of a collaborative team and how your unique talents can grow within our studio.

For our 2022 programs, we are committed to providing mentorship and development. Walt Disney Animation Studios' Internship Program provides emerging talent with an immersive view of animation through educational seminars on craft and filmmaking, reinforced by individual and technical projects.

Responsibilities:

As part of the Interactive Visualization team in Production Technology, you will work with developers to provide real-time preview rendering and interaction capabilities for artists. This will test your CPU and GPU coding skills, real-time rendering, and collaboration as you explore new ways to preview film assets at scale in real-time. The goal of the internship will be to improve the visual fidelity of the studio's current preview rendering capabilities through prototypes of cutting-edge graphics techniques to enable artists to visualize and interact with real-time imagery that is more representative of final renders.

The ideal candidate will bring a passion for high-quality real-time graphics and modern game engine technologies and demonstrate this passion with related work and/or school projects. They should also bring with them a curious mind that enjoys a challenge, wants to learn, and can contribute to our team's knowledge base and studio culture.


Project Includes:

  • Real-time area lighting
  • Realistic soft shadows
  • High-quality ambient occlusion

Basic Qualifications:

KEY QUALIFICATIONS/EXPECTATIONS

  • Proficiency in C++, ideally C++11/14
  • Experience with 3D graphics APIs such as OpenGL, DirectX, or Vulkan
  • Proficiency in shading languages such as GLSL or HLSL
  • Understanding of computer graphics foundational concepts and algorithms
  • Good mathematical fundamentals, including linear algebra and numerical methods
  • The ability to quickly produce precise, efficient, and testable code
  • Passionate about real-time/game engine programming

Preferred Qualifications:

BONUS QUALIFICATIONS

  • Understanding of physically-based rendering theory
  • Familiarity with current research in real-time rendering
  • Experience with optimizing code for CPU and GPU
  • Familiarity with modern game engine architecture and design
  • Familiarity with USD and Hydra

Required Education

Currently enrolled graduate student studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Software Engineering or related field at an accredited college/university and returning to school following the internship.

About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2019’s Frozen 2, the biggest animated film of all time, to our 60th animated feature, Encanto, releasing November 2021. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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