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Technical Director, Character Shading (Temp)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-03527 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Nov. 02, 2022

Job Summary:

A Characters Shading Technical Director is responsible for working with Art Designers and Lighters to realize a character in digital form. This includes coloring, texturing and the authoring of material responses for the character's 3D geometry and the delivery of a well-designed set of lighting and rendering controls.


  • Develops and implements texture, color, and material properties of characters, garments, and props

  • Develops shaders using a wide range of techniques and resources, including 2D / 3D texture painting, procedural signals, reuse and modification of existing shading functions, and the creation of original algorithmic work

  • Maintains asset stability for downstream departments

  • Works closely with production designers and directors to iterate on the desired look

  • Work may be expressed as drawings, paintings, photographics and motion picture references and/or actual reference objects or location

  • May be asked to paint textures in programs like Adobe Photoshop or The Foundry's Mari

  • Projects may also include technical development such as implementing procedurals in the Renderman shading language, writing Renderman DSOs and other graphics functionality, and optimizing existing pipelines and assets


  • Work should exhibit a strong emphasis and work history in surfacing, demonstrating knowledge of how materials interact, change, and respond to illumination

  • Color, composition, and render quality will also be evaluated

  • Reel should include both turntables and animated shots; material and layer breakdowns a plus

  • Experience using 3D animation software required

  • Graphics programming, including: Renderman, Maya, SideFX Houdini and experience writing shaders with any major shading language (osl, rsl, glsl, C++)

  • Personal artwork may be included, if relevant

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Animation or Fine Arts preferred, or relevant work experience 

Nice to Have:

  • Groom experience a plus

  • Knowledge of The Foundry's Nuke, & Katana a plus

To Apply:

  • Resume

  • Demo Reel should include both turntables and animated shots; material and layer breakdowns a plus

About Pixar Animation Studios:

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renoinswned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 35 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office to date.

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 Pixar Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Pixar Animation Studios.

Pixar Inc. 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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