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Technical Director, Crowds

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID R-02483 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Jun. 03, 2020

Job Summary:


  • Responsible for design, implementation, or completion of crowd dressing, motion, and/or rendering in production shots and sequences
  • May adapt character models to the needs of crowd animation or build crowd characters
  • May create, debug, or modify systems to facilitate crowd-level animation
  • Works in a team environment to determine various design and technical solutions
  • Coordinates with other team members on integrating and optimizing the crowds process with the balance of the production pipeline


  • Degree in Computer Science, Visual Effects or a related area
  • Thorough knowledge of 3D computer graphics techniques
  • Strong aesthetic sense of animation, crowds, or effects timing


  • Experience in film or television effects, simulation, or creature effects
  • Working knowledge of Houdini,  Massive, or Golaem
  • Experience with RenderMan and/or Katana
  • Scripting experience (e.g., in Python)
  • Character modeling or rigging experience

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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