Animation - LA
Pipeline Technical Director
Mid-City, Los Angeles Animation - LA
Skydance offers a dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving culture where innovative ideas are welcomed, and growth fostered. The partnership between unique creativity and technological advancements are demonstrated within each pillar of the company. At the heart of it all is a commitment to boldly entertaining and relevant storytelling.
While all Animation studios look to hire people who are creative and hard-working, Skydance Animation is specifically looking for pioneers who seek to push the limits of what the world’s most collaborative art form can achieve, and to give those pioneers the space and the resources to build a new studio that’s doing something different.
If you’ve ever dreamt of what the early days of Hollywood must have been like, of what it takes to roll up your sleeves and break new ground, figure out a new process, and to one day say, “I was there when it all began,” then welcome aboard…
The Pipeline Technical Director at Skydance Animation is a member of the Production Technology team and will be responsible for developing and maintaining the studio production pipelines, developing technical solutions to creative problems, and supporting artists for feature, short-form, and series productions. The Production Technology team provides the tools and capabilities for our artists to create animated content in third-party CGI software. The ideal candidate has experience building and supporting multiple pipelines in multiple environments, possesses excellent communication skills, is highly collaborative, and is able to quickly learn new workflows and technical skills. Candidates may be asked to complete a coding-based test as part of the interview process.
Solve production issues that require technical expertise
Own, support, and improve the pre-production and production pipelines
Collaborate with technical staff across studio sites and external vendors to increase the efficiency of dailies, data exchange, and tracking
Thoroughly understand the animation production process, both internally and when working with external vendors
Establish high-functioning levels of communication with creative and technical staff both within the studio and at external vendors and partners
Liaise between production and technology departments, translating production needs into technical requests
Create tools and automation to reduce the technical burden on creative staff
Regularly examine user experiences, satisfaction, and level of understanding to identify areas of improvement to the pipeline
Collaborate with IT to evaluate and integrate changes to the studio infrastructure
Document tools and workflow and train creative staff on those processes
Examine new and innovative technologies, evaluate, and ultimately present how to improve the pipeline
Undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Graphics, or comparable discipline and/or technical and creative knowledge gained through equivalent experience
Excellent communication and customer service skills, both verbal and written
Ability to work independently while balancing multiple competing priorities
Understanding of CG concepts and workflows
Experience with third party software packages such as Adobe Photoshop, Foundry Flix, Autodesk Maya, Foundry Nuke, and Autodesk Shotgun
Proficiency with Python scripting language
Experience in computer animation, visual effects, or the game industry
Experience supporting animation pre-production departments such as Story, Editorial, and Previz
Experience with pipeline and plugin development in third party DCC tools
Experience with other toolkits and systems such as Qt, Docker, Git, AWS
Experience with OSX, Windows, and Linux operating systems
Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
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