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Simulation Technical Director

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10044029 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Mar. 07, 2023

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Animation Studios has an exciting opportunity for experienced Simulation Technical Directors to join the team at our Vancouver, BC studio. The Simulation TD has strong artistic skills built on top of a solid technical foundation. The Simulation TD is responsible for generating high quality hair and cloth simulation rigs. You will work closely with the industry's top talent to bring our characters to life.

Hybrid and Remote opportunities for our Vancouver Studio are specific to remote work within the province of British Columbia. Please note that relocation eligibility may be determined based on role and individual circumstance.


  • Tailor and fit garments for use in simulation rigs to maintain appeal and art-direction through a wide range of motion

  • Create garments that are principally constructed and fine tune their properties to express specific and often stylized materials

  • Collaborate closely with the Look Development Department in the development of the hair groom

  • Construct robust hair simulation rigs that maintain appeal and art-direction through a wide range of motion

  • Shepherd the simulation aspects of the character from design turnover to delivery into technical animation and debugging any assets/shots with self-sufficiency

  • Work closely with adjacent departments (comprised of visual development, modeling, rigging, look development, animation and character fx), iterating quickly and addressing notes accurately

  • Actively engage in and potentially be cast to other tasks that the department supports (rigging, simulation setup, and technical animation)


  • Strong understanding of the real world construction of garments

  • Knowledge of real world tailoring and pattern making

  • Deep understanding of Marvelous Designer and/or Clo3D

  • Understanding of the principles of animation and design

  • Strong desire to understand simulation tools, solvers, and real world physics

  • An attention to detail focused on delivering a quality product

  • Experience working in collaborative environments and taking direction

  • 3+ years of professional experience in cloth and hair simulation   

  • Comfort with Linux environments

  • A Bachelor's degree in Art, Design, Illustration, Computer Graphics, Engineering, related field or equivalent experience 

An applicant will benefit from having

  • Previous leadership/mentoring experience 

  • An understanding of Python scripting

  • Experience in modeling, grooming, rigging, and/or character fx

About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Disney Animation continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to our 62nd animated feature, Wish, releasing November 2023. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Encanto.

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 Walt Disney Animation Studios Vancouver Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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