Software Developer 2D

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


Description

Position at DNEG

Software Developer (All Levels) – 2D (RotoPrep, Digital Matte Painting,
Compositing, Motion Graphics)

DNEG’s digital compositing department is home to a team of highly skilled
artists who use cutting edge technology to combine photography and CG
imagery into the final composite, the stunning photorealistic VFX content that
viewers will see projected on cinema screens or streamed to their TVs.
Compositing is a complex discipline, taking and manipulating a variety of
animated and static image sequences that serve as inputs aside from in-
camera photography and pure GCI. These other inputs include articulated
holdouts generated by our team of rotoscope artists, highly detailed and
realistic digital matte paintings produced by our DMP crew, and prepared
plates where scratches, wires and rigs are painted out or otherwise erased
by our specialist prep team. Finally our Motion Graphics department creates
a wide variety of dynamic animated visuals, including simulating futuristic or
complex computer graphics displays within VFX shots, on-screen graphics
overlays or stunning title sequences.
To provide efficient and artist friendly workflows to these teams, DNEG’s 2D
technology group integrates class leading commercial applications such as
Nuke by Foundry into our proprietary VFX pipeline systems with extensive
plugin and script based extensions. The team, working largely in Python and
C++, greatly expand the capability of such off-the-shelf software by providing
tools for automating otherwise laborious, repetitive tasks and provide
efficient and user friendly interfaces for importing assets, building and
sharing compositing templates, publishing outputs and sharing image data
across the global organisation. We also develop our own image processing
algorithms to manipulate pixel data, for example to work with ‘deep’ opacity
data where 2D images contain 3D data. Another example of unique
technology developed by this team is ‘Noodle’, our completely proprietary
rotoscoping application used full time by the entire roto crew to segment
moving images into foreground and background, often in very complex and
intricate detail.
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, Engineering, or relevant professional
experience
● Programming experience in Python and/or C++
● Experience of software development in a Linux environment
● Basic knowledge of Nuke
Nice to have:
● Experience with source control systems and developing within a team
● Experience with unit/integration testing
● Experience developing multi-threaded software
● Experience in Qt, Boost,
● Knowledge of the core principles of digital photography and
compositing
● Experience OpenGL, OpenCV, OpenImageIO, OpenColorIO
● Experience with the Nuke C++ NDK and Photoshop javascript

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).