- Technical Director, Set Shade

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Technical Director, Set Shade


Technical Director, Set Shade

• Intermediate Level


Pixar: As a Technical Director, Set Shading, you will realize the environmental vision of the Production Designer, Lighting Director of Photography and Director by texturing set assets in an artistic and efficient manner, and offer design solutions to production issues.

Category Animation  Art Department  Special Effects  Technical Director 
Location San Francisco Bay Area
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date Aug 09, 2022
Start Date N/A
End Date N/A

Job Description

  • Design and iterate on texture, color, and material properties of architectural/organic models and environments in a variety of visual styles
  • Create materials and textures using any or all appropriate techniques and resources, including proprietary and 3rd party software, 2D / 3D texture painting, procedural signals, reuse and modification of existing shading functions, and the creation of original algorithmic work
  • Work closely with technical leads in sets, lighting and art directors to review and revise work as necessary to gain Production Designer and Director approval
  • Interpret shading direction that may be expressed as drawings, paintings, photographs, motion picture references, verbal descriptions and/or actual reference objects or locations
  • Participate in artistic and technical discussions and problem solving
  • Maintain asset stability and debug issues for downstream departments, including optimization as well as look integration between assets
  • Projects may also include technical development such as implementing procedurals in the Open Shading Language and optimizing existing pipelines and assets
  • Bachelor's Degree in Animation, Computer Science or Fine Arts or a related area, or equivalent work experience recommended, though not required
  • Experience using 3D animation software required
  • Strong aesthetic eye and technical understanding of shading, texturing, and look development
  • Ability to follow art direction but also demonstrate initiative, be self-motivated while working within a team structure and prioritize multiple tasks in a dynamic work environment
  • Experience writing shaders with any shading language, such as OSL, RSL, GLSL, or C++ a plus
  • Graphics programming, including RenderMan, Maya, Katana, Houdini and Nuke a plus
  • UNIX/LINUX operating system experience a plus¬†
  • Please include a demo reel of your work. Personal artwork may be included if relevant

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit N/A
Shift Day
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