Associate Pipeline Technical Director

Production Technology (R&D, PE, Pipeline) San Francisco, CA


Position at Industrial Light & Magic

Position Summary

The Associate Pipeline Technical Director is responsible for developing and maintaining software tools, providing front-line support to artists, and general troubleshooting of the CG pipeline in a fast-paced, feature film visual effects production environment. The primary focus is ensuring artist efficiency. Receives day-to-day direction and priorities from show CG Supervisor; reports to R&D supervisor for technical and career guidance.

What You'll Do

  • Develop pipeline and asset management tools to meet immediate, show-directed production demands, ensuring facility-wide consistency as directed by show and technical supervisors; help maintain a wide array of existing workflows and scripts
  • Provide front-line production support across a wide range of disciplines, troubleshoot assets and shots, and help artists with general problem-solving; monitor email requests, package up problems and redirect to appropriate engineering team
  • Test and validate tools and techniques in production; work closely with engineering teams in testing, and releasing new and modified software systems
  • Confidently act as an on-call resource for show production staff
  • Work effectively with artists, production supervisors, and technical staff across ILM studios in San Francisco, Vancouver, Singapore, Sydney and London
  • When not crewed to shows, serve on software teams working on projects that improve the efficiency of asset setup, caching, and shot-data handoff between artists across the entire pipeline
  • Take direction from show supervisors to determine day-to-day and hour-to-hour priorities
  • Work primarily on workflow tools, requiring introductory knowledge of the larger pipeline
  • Provide front-line support and gather information about artist problems and obstacles; resolve user errors; work with artists with deeper problems to appropriate technical support
  • Develop basic knowledge of software, systems, and standards and conventions used in production
  • Update documentation for the pipeline and tools to reflect any changes that are made

What We're Looking For

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science or a related technical field
  • Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining tools for use in a computer graphics environment
  • Proficiency in Linux
  • Strong Python scripting required
  • Ability to actively communicate cross-discipline and provide innovative solutions to pipeline issues
  • Detail oriented and strong self-sufficient trouble shooter
  • Nice to have:
    • Introductory knowledge of visual effects or feature animation pipeline
    • 2D/3D CG software applications: Maya, Mari, Houdini, Katana, Nuke, RenderMan, etc.
    • Experience with production database systems
    • Experience with C, C++
    • Experience with Windows development and applications such as 3ds max a plus

This position is with Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Industrial Light & Magic. Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Lucasfilm fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world. **FOR U.S. BASED NEW HIRES ONLY:** We are taking a responsible approach to creating environments that allow us to do what we do best - entertain and inform millions around the world. As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. salaried and non-union hourly employees, as well as all newly hired U.S. employees.