Software Developer - Creature Performance, Pipeline

Software Product Development (r&D) London, United Kingdom Western Site's (LON/VAN/MTL/TOR), United Kingdom


Position at DNEG

Software Developer (All Levels) - Creature Performance Pipeline


At DNEG we are creating a team to push the boundaries of Creatures technology in Visual Effects and Feature Animation. Together with our artists we are sketching our vision of the future in Creatures and define the development that will turn such vision into a reality.

You will be a fundamental part of a multidisciplinary team working on frameworks, engines, tools and pipelines for Creatures’ animation rigs, simulation, animation, crowds and motion-capture.

We will work with you to make sure you feel fulfilled in having your skills and competences being used to contribute to our vision for the future of Creatures in alignment to your interests and ambitions.

As a Software Developer for the Creature Performance Pipeline you will work on designing and developing a new state-of the art USD pipeline. You will work with your peers to integrate the new pipeline into other products for Creatures and ensure the overall data stream is consistent across the entire production workflow.

We are looking for someone passionate about CG production pipelines, knowledgeable about Python and with an interest in exploring the possibilities of USD in a world’s leading production company like DNEG.

As well as demonstrating technical skill and initiative, your ability to communicate between technical developers and non-technical artists and end users will help you thrive in this role. We encourage a technically creative attitude and are looking for individuals who are willing and able to bring their own solutions and ideas to the table. 

We follow Agile development methodologies and you will work closely with Product Owners and Stakeholders to understand artist needs and deliver bespoke software products. You will have influence in all aspects of the software development life-cycle; designing, supporting and maintaining software as well as integrating tools into our existing pipeline.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing Product Development department, contributing to the technology behind exceptional VFX and Feature Animation work, partnering with smart, creative and versatile teams of technologists and artists.


Must have: 

  • Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or relevant professional experience 
  • Extensive programming experience in Python
  • Knowledge of the Visual Effects, Feature Animation or Video Game creative workflow

Nice to have: 

  • Experience developing visual tools for creative pipelines
  • Experience managing 3D data formats like Alembic, FBX or USD
  • Practical knowledge of modules such as PySide and Pixar’s USD
  • Experience writing tools and scripts integrating with Asset and Production Management Systems (e.g. FTrack, Shotgrid, Tactic)
  • C++ development skills


A note on Equal Opportunities

We would not be able to produce award-winning work without our Production Technology department, which is committed to nurturing an inclusive, diverse and exciting workplace. Our teams have a variety of backgrounds and originate from a number of different countries, working across the globe at the forefront of technology in the industry.  

About Us
We are DNEG, one of the world’s leading VFX and animation studios for the creation of award-winning feature film, television and multiplatform content. We employ nearly 7,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver), Europe (London) and Asia (Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Mumbai).