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Technical Director, Lighting Tech

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-02599 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Oct. 14, 2020

Job Summary:


  • Work with the Lighting DP and Lighting Leads to identify needs for new tools and processes, and to determine how they get implemented

  • Oversees and organizes frontline support for the lighting team

  • Identify issues with existing tools and processes, and work with the lighters to find workable solutions

  • Develop and maintain lighting scripts

  • Work closely with software engineers to communicate the needs of the Lighting department

  • Work with Rendering and Lightspeed artists on optimization efforts, and rendering guidelines

  • Help with show specific documentation

  • Lighting Team advocate and technical expert in discussions with other departments

  • Interface with production, systems, and tools to address technical issues and expand creative reach in these overlapping areas



  • Strong understanding of computer graphics, Renderman and the  lighting pipeline

  • Experience with Global Illumination and physically accurate lighting

  • Ability to collaborate well under both schedule and budget pressures

  • Possess excellent communication and organizational and team skills

  • Unix or Linux operating system

  • Must be able to work alone and collaboratively with multiple tasks

  • Must be open to direction and able to embrace change

  • Education in computer science, mathematics, engineering, Media Production, or a related field

  • Skills in the following areas are generally required: Unix or Linux OS, Scripting or Programming in C, C++, Python, or a similar language; CGI tools such as Maya, RenderMan, Katana, Nuke, or Houdini

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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