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jobby: Maya Pipeline TD, Snowball Studios, Toronto

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Pipeline Technical Directors are responsible for improving the overall efficiency of the facility-wide production pipeline. They design, implement, and manage tools that assist the digital artists with their daily use of both third party and in-house software and systems. Pipeline TDs work with peers and supervisors to craft tools, techniques, and procedures to aid the execution of current projects and advance the capabilities of the facility. The role requires strong technical and communication skills, as well as a firm understanding of software design, graphics, and production work. The Pipeline Animation TD focuses efforts on the tool set and QC in and around the Animation Department.


  • Work with other remote TDs and artists to help design and craft tools to be integrated into the current pipeline
  • Can work within provided schedules
  • Assist animators and artists with troubleshooting of shots
  • Troubleshooting may include rigging, fur, cloth, particle FX, animation, other simulations and rendering
  • Support and work with multiple departments, including Modeling, Animation, Lighting, FX, and R&D
  • Work with CG Supervisor, Layout / Animation Department Supervisors to augment their work flows and tool sets to achieve goals
  • Ensure tools and processes meet the global pipeline framework for multi-site productions
  • Work with animation artists to troubleshoot and fix problems as well as educating them on how to work with the pipeline
  • Craft and update documentation for relevant tools, techniques and workflows



  • Ability to take direction and work in a team environment
  • Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or equivalent work experience
  • Practical knowledge of Python, MEL Scripting and Maya
  • Experience with Windows environment
  • Experience with Nuke, Houdini, After Effects, or Fusion
  • 3+ years experience
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