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Jr. Technical Director - ATK PLN - DALLAS
Dallas Office
301 N. Crowdus St.
Dallas, TX 75226
Montreal Office
1751 Richardson Street
Suite 1100
Montreal QC H3K 1G6
Hollywood Office
1438 N. Gower St
Suite 200
Hollywood, CA 90028

Job Summary

ATK PLN, Reel FX’s Commercial Division, is a strategic creative group positioned firmly at the intersection of design, animation, and live action. Our studio fuses design-driven visuals with feature film finesse, telling stories on screens of all sizes.

We are seeking to hire an aspiring Technical Director to assist our Technical Supervisor in his role. This position provides critical production support to our team of talented artists. You’ll be able to flex your technical skills to write scripts, adapt tools, and modify workflows in a fast-paced, ever-changing production environment, as well as troubleshoot, fix, and optimize artists’ scenes. Specific duties and tasks will be decided based on the abilities of the candidate and the needs of production.

Responsibilities

• Assemble shots from existing elements and assets
• Continuous optimization and maintenance of shots
• Quality control of models and texture maps prior to publishing to ensure consistency
• Work with the Technical Supervisor to develop and implement methods and protocols for data exchange
• Design scripts to gather, manipulate, and optimize data as assets pass from one phase in the pipeline to the next
• Work with artists to identify areas where productivity may be boosted through the creation of custom tools and scripts
• Develop and execute test plans for tools and perform regular evaluation of tool performance

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Film, Animation, or equivalent experience
• Ability to multi-task, manage priorities, and meet deadlines
• Ability to work independently, be a self-starter, and enjoy a dynamic work environment.
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing production environment
• Ability to work in a collaborative manner both internal teams and with external vendors
• A passion for thoroughly investigating and creatively solving complex puzzles
• A love of learning new technology
• Working knowledge of Unix, Windows, and OSX platforms
• Working knowledge of CG production workflow and methodologies.
• Proficient in DCC Programs, such as: Maya and Nuke
• Experience with both procedural and object-oriented programming languages as well as shell and Python scripting

Additional Desirable Skills
• Knowledge of Arnold and/or Octane Renderer
• Experience with Houdini