Core Vfx Pipeline Developer (Python/Linux/Media Tools)

Production Technology (R&D, PE, Pipeline) London, United Kingdom


Position at Industrial Light & Magic

Production engineering is a globally distributed team that develops tools and workflows which act as the foundational infrastructure for ILM’s other departments. As a member of PE’s media team, your focus will be on the software and pipelines that ILM uses:

  • Ingest media from our clients, such as plates, reference imagery, and media from client side editorial
  • Process and package finished work for delivery back to our clients
  • Process, track, and review media generated internally by our artists
  • Keep our internal editorial data in sync with client side editorial

The Senior Production Engineer is responsible for architecting and developing aspects of these pipelines both alone or as the leader of a team. They will be active in both leading development projects and mentoring staff and other production engineers.

Tasks include;

  • responsible for leading development projects for new workflows and/or tools
  • communicates with artists and productions to determine technical requirements and disseminate information regarding project status
  • exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining a goal
  • may have singular responsibility for a project
  • coordinate activities of others as a project lead
  • advises/assists other engineers with maintenance and bug fixing of existing tools
  • serves as knowledge resource for workflow and tools used in production at ilm
  • updates and features additions to existing tools
  • provide support to local productions to keep the pipeline running smoothly
  • troubleshoot pipeline issues
  • provide training and assistance to artists on toolsets and workflows
  • expected to lead discussions surrounding future workflow and tool development
  • collaborates with artists and productions to develop efficient workflows and supporting tools
  • participate in the activities of the globally distributed production engineering team, including:
  • development and support activities
  • regular status and planning meetings as time zones permit
  • adhere to development best practices and standards defined by production engineering supervisor

Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in computing science or graphics discipline, or equivalent professional experience

    Technical Skills:  

    • expert knowledge of python programming and the linux environment
    • in-depth knowledge of C++
    • experience working with revision control systems and defined coding standards
    • experience with video encoding and color management in Vfx, animation, or commercial production
    • expert knowledge of developing tools and/or plugins within industry software packages such as Rv, nuke, and avid media composer
    • in-depth knowledge of open standards such as Opencolorio, Openimageio, ffmpeg

    Preferred skills / Competencies:

    • experience working with relational databases
    • familiarity with using rest apis and designing web services