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Technical Director, FX

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-03017 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Aug. 26, 2021

Job Summary:


Simulate natural phenomena by applying direct and procedural animation techniques to create a variety of effects

  • Shade, render, and composite effects elements

  • Use proprietary tools to implement solutions

  • Create and communicate animation timing for effects

  • Work with production team to create the desired look for the effect

  • Wors in a team environment to determine various design and technical solutions

  • Coordinate with other team members on integrating and optimizing the effects process with the balance of the production pipeline



Experience in film or television effects production

  • Degree in Computer Science, Visual Effects or a related area

  • Thorough knowledge of both 2D and 3D computer graphics techniques

  • Working knowledge of Houdini required

  • Shading and scripting experience required



  • Compositing experience a plus

  • UNIX/LINUX operating system experience a plus

  • C/C++ programming experience 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-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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