Animation - Madrid

Technical Director Lead

Madrid, Spain Animation - Madrid
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.
As the Lead TD, you will be deeply involved in designing and developing innovative tools to overcome specific challenges related to the department’s developments for our next animated feature film. This effort seeks to implement solutions that off the shelf software would not provide, while maximizing productivity and meeting the company’s high-quality standards. The scope of the developments may be from a simple python script to a larger development involving complex algorithms.


  • Develop and maintain the required tools following the specifications provided by the production departments and following the Production Engineering team guides
  • Partner with artists and other engineers to iterate, debug, document and refine tools and processes for feature film production
  • Work on short term needs resulting from shot challenges
  • Lead the team motivating through support, guidance and instruction in areas that contribute towards their professional growth
  • Follow the Supervisor’s guidance
  • Manage individual and team project priorities, deadlines and deliverables, assigning tasks according to skills and preferences
  • Oversee day-to-day operations
  • Requirements

  • 6+ years of professional experience
  • Proven work experience as a team leader
  • Expert knowledge in Python
  • Experience programming with one or more of the following software: Maya, Houdini, Nuke and Mari
  • Experience working with a source version control system (git)
  • Experience with Arnold
  • Experience in animation productions
  • Good understanding of production pipelines
  • Experience with agile development and scrum methodology
  • User interaction design with a working knowledge of standard UI toolkits (PySide2)
  • 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.
    Skydance is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to building and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. We welcome and consider applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy status, military/veteran status, disability, or any other protected category. Diversity in the workplace is not just a commitment, it is who we are and a reflection of what makes our world special.

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