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Production Engineer (Real-Time Story & Animation R&D)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10027021 Location San Francisco, California, United States Business Industrial Light & Magic Date posted Oct. 24, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

We are looking for an engineer for our ILM R&D StageCraft Engineering Team, to help advance the state of the art in virtual production and previsualization technology for major film, TV, and interactive projects.

We’re looking for someone with experience in real-time visualization, user-interface design, and/or complex systems integration. We need people with a keen interest in making production-worthy tools for artists, and with the drive to put them into action.

You will develop, maintain, and support Lucasfilm’s beloved previsualization system, Zviz, for the upcoming slate of exciting projects at Lucasfilm Animation, creator of the Emmy award-winning animation series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars: The Bad Batch, an original series now streaming on Disney+.

What You’ll Do

  • Work in a collaborative, distributed team of full-time software engineers and talented artists at ILM and Lucasfilm
  • Develop applications, systems, and tools that support innovative workflows incorporating state-of-the-art real-time technology for previsualization
  • Design artist-friendly user interfaces and pipeline tools that scale to high volume, fast-paced animation production
  • Work within, extend, and support Lucasfilm’s proprietary previsualization software system, Zviz, that seamlessly integrates with ILM’s StageCraft virtual production toolset
  • Split time between long-term software development projects and day-to-day production support

What We’re Looking For

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related technical field
  • Previous experience in Animation, VFX, or similar digital production facility or related software development company is desirable
  • Proficiency with real-time workflows and previsualization technology is desirable
  • Proficiency in C++ and/or Python on Linux
  • Thorough knowledge of technology related to animation and performance capture: character rigging, geometric deformations, dynamic simulation, computer vision, etc.
  • Experience designing interfaces using GUI toolkits: Qt, PySide, etc.
  • Proficiency with realtime workflows and virtual production technology is desirable
  • Thorough knowledge of software development principles: object-oriented design, test-driven development, source code management, build and release processes


About Industrial Light & Magic:

Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM is the leading effects facility in the world, serving the motion picture, commercial production, and attraction industries. ILM has created visual effects for over 325 feature films and has played a key role in seven of the top 10 worldwide box-office hits of all time and has contributed to 25 of the top 50. ILM has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, the company continues to break new ground in visual effects, VR, AR, and Immersive Cinema.

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 Lucasfilm Ent Co Ltd, LLC Payroll Svc, which is part of a business we call Industrial Light & Magic.

Lucasfilm Ent Co Ltd, LLC Payroll Svc 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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