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Technical Director, Character Shading

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID R-01992 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Aug. 09, 2019

Job Summary:

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • Maintains asset stability for downstream departments

QUALIFICATIONS:

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

  • Groom experience a plus

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

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

  • Personal artwork may be included, if relevant

  • Experience using 3D animation software required

  • Graphics programming, including: Renderman, Maya, SideFX Houdini and The Foundry's Nuke, & Katana a plus

  • Experience writing shaders with any major shading language (osl, rsl, glsl, C++) a plus

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Animation or Fine Arts recommended, though not required

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-renowned 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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