Animation - Madrid

FX Developer (Houdini)

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 a Technical Director, you will have a deep involvement 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 high quality standard set by our client. 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 requirements supplied by the production departments and following the Production Engineering Team guides.
  • In particular, develop FX and simulation pipeline tools to meet production requests.
  • Partner with Artists and other Engineers to iterate, debug, document and refine tools and processes for feature film production.
  • Work on short term needs originated by shot challenges
  • Help first support line to solve day-to-day artist problems.
  • Requirements

  • Over 4 years of professional experience in VFX or animation industry.
  • Over 2 years of experience developing tools for Houdini.
  • Expert in Python and Qt
  • Experience programming with one or more of the following softwares: Maya,  Nuke and Mari will be a plus.
  • Experience working with a source version control system (git).
  • 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).   
  • BS degree in Computer Science, similar technical field of study
  • Solid engineering skills with an appreciation of code craft, code health, and addressing technical debt.
  • Ability to work with a team to deliver high-quality software in a fast paced, dynamic, deadline- oriented.
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