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Senior Pipeline Technical Director - Expression of Interest

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10066260 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Industrial Light & Magic Date posted Mar. 18, 2024

Job Summary:

This role is considered Hybrid, which means the employee will work 2-3 days onsite at a Company designated location and occasionally from home.

This posting is an opportunity to submit your resume for future consideration; this is not a role that is open at this time. We anticipate this role may be open in the future, but we are not actively hiring for the position. If you would like to be considered for this potential role, please submit your resume. If the role becomes available, you may receive an email or call from a recruiter.

Position Summary

A Pipeline TD at Industrial Light & Magic provides direct support to productions and artists. They provide general troubleshooting of pipeline tools in a fast-paced, feature film visual effects production environment, as well as develop and maintain software tools to ensure artist efficiency. As a Senior Pipeline TD, you’ll be handling challenges of greater complexity, guiding colleagues, and will be responsible for longer term project work.

We are currently hiring for our upstream team, which supports Modeling, Lookdev, Data and Face Capture, Layout, Environments and Animation tools.

What You’ll Do

  • Provide front-line production assistance across a wide range of disciplines, troubleshoot assets and shots, and help artists with general problem-solving

  • Develop pipeline and asset management tools to meet immediate, show-directed production demands, ensuring facility-wide consistency as directed by show and technical supervisors 

  • Work on tools of high complexity and sophistication

  • Guide and mentor fellow Pipeline TDs by offering initial support, establishing coding standards, and sharing advancements in the specific domains of the pipeline

  • Collaborate directly with engineering teams on technical projects; driving the development and evolution of standards and conventions used in production

  • Test and validate tools and techniques in production, working closely with engineering teams in testing, and releasing new and modified software systems

  • Collaborate effectively with artists, production supervisors, and technical staff across ILM’s studios globally

  • Identify day-to-day priorities in conjunction with show supervisors and team leadership; acting autonomously

  • Update documentation for the pipeline and tools to reflect any changes that are made

What We’re Looking For

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science or a related technical field

  • At least 8 years production experience in visual effects for film, commercials or television

  • Experience with developing, maintaining, and leading projects to completion, working directly with stakeholders, managing expectations and timelines

  • Experience developing tools in one or more of Maya, Nuke, Houdini, Mari, Katana, RenderMan or similar

  • Comfort communicating cross-discipline and providing innovative solutions to pipeline issues

  • A desire to improve efficiencies and eagerness to tackle technical problems daily

  • Experience implementing recent technological developments into existing frameworks

  • Proficiency in Linux & Python scripting

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the entire visual effects process, from shooting to modeling and texturing, animation, rendering and compositing

  • Nice to have:

    • Experience with production database systems

    • Experience with C, C++

    • Experience with Windows development and applications, such as 3ds max


The hiring range for this position in Vancouver is C$122,400 to C$156,800 per year based on a 40-hour work week. The amount of hours scheduled per week may vary based on business needs. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A full range of medical, financial, and/or other variable pay or benefits, may be offered dependent on the level and position offered.

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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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 (Vancouver) Inc., which is part of a business we call Industrial Light & Magic.

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