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Technical Director, Set Shade

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R-02840 Location Emeryville, California, United States Business Pixar Animation Studios Date posted Aug. 08, 2022

Job Summary:

As a Technical Director, Set Shading, you will realize the environmental vision of the Production Designer, Lighting Director of Photography and Director by texturing set assets in an artistic and efficient manner, and offer design solutions to production issues.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Design and iterate on texture, color, and material properties of architectural/organic models and environments in a variety of visual styles

  • Create materials and textures using any or all appropriate techniques and resources, including proprietary and 3rd party software, 2D / 3D texture painting, procedural signals, reuse and modification of existing shading functions, and the creation of original algorithmic work

  • Work closely with technical leads in sets, lighting and art directors to review and revise work as necessary to gain Production Designer and Director approval

  • Interpret shading direction that may be expressed as drawings, paintings, photographs, motion picture references, verbal descriptions and/or actual reference objects or locations

  • Participate in artistic and technical discussions and problem solving

  • Maintain asset stability and debug issues for downstream departments, including optimization as well as look integration between assets

  • Projects may also include technical development such as implementing procedurals in the Open Shading Language and optimizing existing pipelines and assets

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's Degree in Animation, Computer Science or Fine Arts or a related area, or equivalent work experience recommended, though not required

  • Experience using 3D animation software required

  • Strong aesthetic eye and technical understanding of shading, texturing, and look development

  • Ability to follow art direction but also demonstrate initiative, be self-motivated while working within a team structure and prioritize multiple tasks in a dynamic work environment

  • Experience writing shaders with any shading language, such as OSL, RSL, GLSL, or C++ a plus

  • Graphics programming, including RenderMan, Maya, Katana, Houdini and Nuke a plus

  • UNIX/LINUX operating system experience a plus 

  • Please include a demo reel of your work. Personal artwork may be included if relevant

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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