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DreamWorks Feature - Department TD

NBCUniversal, LLC, Glendale, California

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Level: Manager (Supervisor)


A Department Technical Director provides critical support to a show's artists and department heads. A Department TD will design, develop, deploy, and document new tools and processes for a particular show, project or department.

The Department TD will focus on Real Time Workflow (such as Unreal) and partner with leadership of the production show (VFX Supervisor, Supervising TD(s), Lead TD(s)) as well as Production Software engineers on the Real Time development vision/goal for the production. They will be responsible for executing Real Time development tasks as well as supporting artists across departments utilizing tool sets such as Unreal on the show.

Responsibilities

  • Support production critical software, infrastructure and workflows using Real Time Workflow such as Unreal on the show.
  • Gain and demonstrate a working knowledge of studio coding standards, policies, and best practices. Use these skills to engineer robust and strategic software solutions. Define development standards for area(s) of Real Time Workflow such as Unreal and its associated studio development strategy
  • Own some or all of the development on an assigned project or workflow and serve as a point of reference
  • Build validation tests to ensure software quality
  • Stay abreast of existing and new third party technology to inform technical decision making.
  • Triage artist and production issues.
  • Extend and enhance the existing pipeline through support and development of existing software and procedures
  • Align Real Time tool sets with technical vision as determined by Supervising TD(s), VFX Supervisor, and Lead TD(s)
  • Contribute to novel software integrations.
  • Gain a working knowledge of proprietary and/or industry-standard DCCs (such as Premo, Moonray, Maya, Houdini, Unreal, Nuke)
  • Gain a working knowledge of the artist's workflow, toolsets and processes Propose, develop, communicate and execute change management plans
  • Maintain a constructive attitude when faced with unexpected challenges
  • Develop and support custom solutions for feature animation
  • Work closely with other Technical Directors, Workflow Directors, Production Staff, VFX Supervisors, Department Heads, Pipeline Engineers, and artists to realize said solutions
  • Complete assigned tasks in a timely fashion or proactively communicate obstacles and timeline changes.
  • Serve as a primary contact for new toolset design or development for Real Time Workflow such as Unreal.
  • Continually evaluate the pipeline and find new ways to streamline production processes Communicate with artists to identify production facing problems
  • Clearly and concisely document software and approaches to solving recurring problems Deconstruct production issues/requests and direct component tasks to appropriate departments
  • Facilitate communication on technology changes and requirements Constructively give and take in feedback and work towards addressing it Collaborate with TDs and department leadership when resolving production issues. Act as a production/department representative when collaborating with cross disciplinary teams.
  • Assist in training and mentoring of new Technical Directors
  • Be a model representative of the TD department


Required Qualifications

∙ Software development experience using common or domain-specific programming/scripting languages, such as Python, C++, Javascript, HScript, MEL, TCL

∙ Strong programming skills including Object Oriented Programming. ∙ Working knowledge of computer graphics fundamentals

∙ Production experience in computer animation, visual effects, or game industry ∙ Basic experience working with Unreal Engine.

∙ Working knowledge of proprietary and/or industry-standard DCCs, such as Premo, Moonray, Maya, Houdini, Unreal, Nuke

∙ Independent-minded, self-driven, team-oriented, respectful, and proactive attitude towards development and collaboration.

∙ Ability to work independently or within a group.

∙ Ability to establish and shift priorities in collaboration with Supervising TDs.

∙ Ability to recognize blocking obstacles and seek help

Preferred Qualifications

∙ Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field ∙ Demonstrated subject matter expertise in Unreal.

∙ A proven record for thoroughness and completion of one or more initiatives, development projects, or workflow designs

∙ Proficiency in Python.

∙ Experience with writing tools or plugins for computer graphics applications

∙ Experience with tool integration into existing or new pipelines

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