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Technical Director, Lighting

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-03400 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Jul. 26, 2022

Job Summary:

Pixar is looking for proficient Lighting Technical Directors for feature film and ancillary projects.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identify needs for new tools and processes, and determine how they get implemented

  • Develop and maintain lighting scripts

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

  • Participate in technical discussions with other departments 

  • Responsible for lighting sequences and shots within the designated film style, under the guidance of the Lighting Director of Photography and Lead Lighting Technical Directors

  • Establish and fine tune the look of assigned shots, incorporating the resources and support provided -- key lighting rigs for each sequence, creative guidance from the Lighting Director of Photography and Show Leads, color scripts, art and photo reference, and continuity with surrounding shots

  • Work with upstream departments (modeling, layout, shading, simulation, animation, fx) to finesse assets for lighting adjustments

  • Create and use light rigs within the shot lighting pipeline

  • Work with Lightspeed to optimize shot work

  • Identify technical problems and work with the Lead Lighting Technical Directors to find workable solutions

  • Render necessary passes and incorporate them in compositing software to complete the final approved look

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Python scripting, C++, or other coding languages

  • Production experience with 3D lighting and compositing

  • Unix or Linux operating system

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

  • Working knowledge of Nuke (preferred) or another node-based compositing system 

  • Experience with Global Illumination and physically accurate lighting

  • Strong ability to shape characters with lighting, accentuating story points, acting performance, and mood

  • Strong eye for color, composition and lighting design

  • Experience with scene management, complex setups and lights

  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills

  • Creative problem solving skills.

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-renoinswned 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 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.

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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