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Pipeline Tools TD - Montreal Location - REEL FX
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

Reel FX Creative Studios, the award winning animation studio behind The Book of Life, is expanding its creative reach to include its newest office in Montreal. Recruitment for all of our projects, including the new animated feature Ugly Dolls directed by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Desperado, Spy Kids), is in progress with openings in the new Montreal location.

Based in Dallas for over 20 years, we’ve collaborated with Warner Bros, Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Illumination and Google among others, with a passion for excellence on every project. From short film, branded content, ride film, or full length animated feature work, the team is constantly pushing for advancements in creativity, style, and process. The focus on superior craftsmanship and collaborative problem solving is at the core of Reel FX ethos.

Reel FX is looking for exceptional visionaries and artists to join the team. We don’t like to settle, so if you’re as demanding of your work as we are of ours, then you may have found the right place.

Studio offices are in LA, Montreal and Dallas.

The Pipeline Tools TD works closely with artists and technical directors to research, design, and develop in-house tools to solve production issues and make productions more efficient. As an architect of the CG production pipeline, the tools developer must create tools that not only solve current production challenges, but that also benefit the studio as a whole. The successful candidate has the ability to identify deficiencies in the technical process and to proactively recommend solutions. The pipeline tools developer must work well in a team-oriented production environment, where daily proactive problem solving and technical innovation are expected. TD positions starting as early as January in Montreal.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Responsible for the research, design, development, and deployment of proprietary scripts, plugins, and applications for the production pipeline.

• Conducts ongoing research in emerging industry technologies and development techniques, and determines practical applications for these advancements in order to improve production.

• Develops and executes test plans for tools, and performs regular evaluation of tool performance within the production pipeline.

• Studies patterns and trends, identifies common technical problems in a production, and recommends/implements new processes or workflows to address those problems.

• Works directly with artists and technical directors to define scope, requirements, schedule, and deployment strategy for each tool.

• Provides training and ongoing support for tools released into production.

• Collaborates with other technical directors and tools developers, attends regular production technology team meetings and serves an active role in the direction of the pipeline.

Education and Experience Requirements

• Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Film, Animation, or equivalent experience.
• 2 years production experience.
• Working knowledge of Unix, Windows, and OSX platforms
• Experience with both procedural and object-oriented programming languages, shader/plugin writing as well as shell/Perl/Python scripting.
• Production experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: layout, animation, modeling, texturing, rigging, fur/hair, cloth, effects, lighting, or compositing.
• Working knowledge of CG production workflow and methodologies.
• Working knowledge of Maya.
• Thorough knowledge of Mel.
• Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of personalities, both written and verbal.
• Engages artists with a positive attitude and encourages feedback on tools.
• Ability to manage time and balance priorities, sometimes amidst the pressures of our busy, deadline-driven industry.
• Strong aesthetic sense; demonstrates ability to make creative and aesthetic judgment calls.

This job description is not meant to be all inclusive. Employee may be required to perform other duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization