Lighting TD, Surfacing TD, Maya TD needed

Starz Animation is hiring for TDs in Lighting and Surfacing. Ideal candidates have performed the role for at least 2-3 years professionally and have a strong technical understanding of Maya. You can reach me at Lance’dot’lefort@starz’dot’com or hit the website at

Position Description: Senior Technical Director
Reports to Supervisor, Pipeline Architecture
Position Description and Requirements:

The Senior Technical Director is responsible for designing, developing and improving production focused pipeline workflow processes. Technical Directors may also be called on to do shot work when necessary during production.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, prototype and implement artist-focused production tools, using Maya, Mentalray, Fusion, Python, MEL, and C++.
  • Collaborate with Production Management on utilization of production tools and workflow processes.
  • Troubleshoot production problems, and proactively work to minimize their impact.
  • Design and execute project work plans to produce known deliverables on a pre-determined timetable.
  • Be aware of new technologies, techniques, and processes that will benefit studio’s production processes for current and future projects.
  • Perform shot work/fixes as required during production.
  • Share and present new research, ideas and technology with others in the studio.
  • Act as mentor to less seasoned TD’s.

Minimum Qualifications and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent job experience
  • 5+ Years of (CG) Experience, Feature Film experience preferred
  • Experience working with Maya, Mentalray, MTMR, Fusion, or equivalents.
  • Experience with WxPython
  • Experience using various scripting languages – primarily Python, Mel, CShell
  • Experience in C/C++ or some other object-oriented programming language
  • Experience with subversion, cvs or another revision control system
  • Experience designing user interfaces
  • Excellent troubleshooting/debugging skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Superior time management and prioritization skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Coach and mentor junior coworkers as required

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