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Technical Director, Set Extensions


Emeryville, CA 08-05-2022
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description

Do you get excited about inventing new approaches to building environments? Proceduralism? Color, light, and composition? Projects that bridge pipeline departments and disciplines?

The Set Extension team uses both hand-crafted and procedural techniques to create different aspects of the environments in our films, such as:
• Procedurally dress large-scale cities and small-scale details
• Build volumetric cloudscapes
• Procedurally model whimsical environments
• Generate light animations for complex sequences
• Matte paint set extensions

• Build complex, distant, and/or dynamic sets-- specific methods can play to your strengths as an artist, but skills often include 2-3 of the following: modeling, shading, dressing, painting, animation, simulation, and lighting, plus collaborating with specialists outside your skill set
• Design, develop, support, and use technical pipelines for innovative and non-traditional approaches to constructing sets
• Solve problems creatively with an understanding of how sets enhance storytelling and are used by downstream departments (layout, animation, effects, lighting, rendering)
• Artistic flexibility and versatility with the ability to interpret concept art and adapt to direction from the Director, Production Designer, and Directors of Photography

• Interest in the breadth of the Technical Director pipeline (including Lighting and Compositing)
• Capacity to work collaboratively with the technical and artistic teams, understanding diverse workflows and developing tools to address user needs
• Strong design and color sense; a solid sense of sculptural form and detail; familiarity with lighting and composition in physical media or CG
• Expertise in 3D software such as Houdini, Maya
• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to present ideas in a clear concise manner
• Ability to meet project deadlines in a dynamic work environment. Strong organizational skills.
• Programming / scripting skills are a plus
• Experience working with 3D volumes is a plus

When in doubt, please apply!

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Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d2ymoy-44-197-230-180-42 in your application.

Company Profile

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.