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Lead Pipeline Technical Director

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10055046 Location Sydney, Australia Business Industrial Light & Magic Date posted Jul. 03, 2023

Job Summary:

The Lead Pipeline Technical Director is responsible for taking a lead role in developing and maintaining the VFX production pipeline for ILM, and ensuring it is running smoothly and efficiently for all shows. The Lead Pipeline Technical Director will be active in both development projects and show support and will mentor and advise the Pipeline Technical Director team in their local Studio.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the development of workflow and tools on show-specific projects locally and across all studios.

  • Ensures Pipeline TD team is adhering to ILM standards when building new tools and workflows

  • Approves methods and procedures on new projects and in conjunction with assigned Pipeline TD

  • Serves as key knowledge resource for workflow and tools used in production at ILM

  • Runs code reviews for Pipeline TD team both locally and globally

  • Advises other engineers with maintenance and bug fixing of existing tools

  • Provides support to productions to keep the pipeline running smoothly for projects globally

  • Collaborates with show supervisors to develop per-show tool customizations, ensuring we are not duplicating work across shows

  • Updates and creates new features additions to existing tools

  • Provide training and assistance to both Pipeline TDs, production and artists on toolsets and workflows

  • Collaborates with artists and production to develop efficient workflows and supporting tools across projects

  • Leads discussions surrounding future workflow and tool development

  • Joins show and development meetings to ensure tools and best practices are known across projects

  • Always aware of commonality across shows, key point person for development of tools across shows

  • Key point person in local studio for production workflow and tools for Global teams

  • Works with show hub CG Supe to ensure hub and spoke technology needs are understood and prioritized

  • Participate in the activities of the globally distributed production engineering team, including:

    • development and support activities

    • regular status and planning meetings as time zones permit

    • adhere to development best practices and standards defined by the Supervisor

Job Requirements:

Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computing Science or Graphics discipline, or equivalent professional experience

  • Proven experience in the visual effects or computer animation industries


Required Skills / Competencies:

  • A positive, “can-do” attitude with balance: must not be afraid to ask for help when getting outside experience base or comfort zone

  • A clear and concise communicator: ability to keep end users informed of progress and managers informed of requests

  • An effective listener: able to engage with and understand artists to discover what their requirements are

  • An effective time manager: must be able to prioritize a multitude of requests and not be afraid to ask for help if the path isn’t clear

  • Passionate about delivering rigorous follow-through on assigned tasks 

  • An agile, flexible and quick thinker: this is an energetic, dynamic environment requiring an ability to adapt to rapidly changing requirements

  • A creative thinker and innovator: able to devise and employ ingenious solutions to difficult problems


Technical Skills:

  • Expert knowledge of python programming and the Linux environment 

  • World-class troubleshooting skills

  • Experience working with revision control systems and defined coding standards

  • Experience developing tools and/or plugins within industry software packages such as Maya, Nuke, Houdini or Katana

  • Experience with Renderman, vray or Arnold


Preferred Skills / Competencies:

  • Excellent people person

  • Experience with database technologies such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB or Redis

  • Experience writing RESTful APIs

  • Knowledge of the standard python packaging and installation tool-chain

  • VFX, Feature Animation or Episodic production experience 

  • Experience with Maya, Katana and Nuke

  • Experience with Renderman, vray or Arnold

  • Experience developing on Windows


This position is with Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Industrial Light & Magic.
Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion or belief, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability or pregnancy or maternity. 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.

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 ILM (Australia) Pty. Ltd., which is part of a business we call Industrial Light & Magic.

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