jobby: Rendering TDs, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

October 22, 2010
About Pixar Canada
Pixar Canada is looking for two Rendering TDs (Technical Artists) for its studio in
Vancouver. Pixar Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios, the world leader in animated films. The Vancouver studio produces short-form animation focuses on legacy Pixar characters from films such as Toy Story and Cars. This is an opportunity to help build a world-class organization and to be part of a diverse and talented team.

Summary of Position
The Rendering TDs (Technical Artists) manage the rendering of the final images that make up each of our animated films. These technical artists will use the render farm and
Pixar’s RenderMan software to render and composite high-resolution images, check them for defects, and help to troubleshoot and correct any problems that exist. They will provide technical support to other departments, particularly Shading and Lighting, regarding RenderMan and rendering issues, and debugging and optimization of renders.

Responsibilities
— Manage rendering and compositing of finished images in preparation to deliver for post-production and image mastering.
— Work with creative and technical leads to check images for defects and ensure that the highest quality standards are met.
— Debug/troubleshoot/optimize production renders.
— Provide technical support to all of production in the areas of rendering and workflow.
— Assist all departments with setting up review renders needed at all phases of
production.
— Monitor rendering trends during the course of production ; anticipate issues and
suggest solutions.
— Seek new methods to approach highest efficiency of TD workflow and render farm throughput.
— Coordinate with all departments to address technical issues in overlapping areas.

Qualifications
— Must have strong drive to debug and solve problems, and a good eye for visual details.
— Excellent Unix/Linux skills are a must; ability to script in shell, Python, Perl is
desirable.
— A good knowledge of rendering, especially the RenderMan renderer, is required.
— Training in computer science or experience as programmer is a plus.
— Experience as a Unix/Linux system administrator is a plus.
— Experience in TV, film, games, or other graphics production experience is preferred.
— Good written and verbal communication skills, including end user support and
requirements gathering are required.
— Must be able to context switch under pressure.
— Must be able to work alone and collaboratively, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressures.
— Must be open to direction and able to embrace change.
Submissions:
If you are interested and qualified for this position, please submit your cover letter
and resume to the posting at www.pixarcanada.com.

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