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Technical Director, Compositor

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-02856 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Apr. 22, 2021

Job Summary:


  • Partner with lighting and FX technical directors to establish and fine tune the look of assigned shots

  • Maintains the overall look, color balance, and quality for assigned shots and sequences to create uniformity in all finished work

  • Work alongside department leadership on creative and technical solutions for larger projects

  • Develop and maintain compositing scripts used by other technical directors

  • Work with upstream departments and provide feedback on assets needed for final shot polish

  • Participate in discussions regarding cross-departmental technical needs 

  • Create and support gizmos and scripts used by other technical directors

  • Work with FX, lighting and rendering to optimize shot work

  • May need to render the necessary passes required for to complete the final look


  • Expert knowledge of Nuke in a production environment

  • Strong understanding of VFX compositing techniques (fx integration, 3D projection, lens effect, deep compositing) 

  • Professional vfx experience in feature film preferred ( or 5-10 years experience in vfx feature films)

  • Ability to work collaboratively with artists from other disciplines

  • Experience debugging and supporting other artists’ nuke scripts

  • Experience teaching and supporting large groups of artist is a plus

  • Experience developing gizmos for nuke (scripting experience in tcl, python is a plus)

  • Creative problem solving skills

  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong understanding of lighting and a desire to learn more about lighting in a 100% CG environment

  • Unix or Linux operating system

  • Working knowledge of Katana (preferred) or another 3D lighting software 

  • Strong eye for color, composition and lighting design with a close attention to detail

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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