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San Francisco, CA

Artist-Facing Pipeline Engineer at The Walt Disney Company (San Francisco, CA)

| San Francisco, CA
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Position Summary
ILM's R&D and Core Pipeline groups develop the ground-breaking technology that our artists use to create dazzling visuals. Our technology roadmap:
  • Modernize our core infrastructure, integrating the latest technologies
  • Increase the throughput of our global compute and storage processes
  • Streamline our guru artist tools so they're easier to learn and easier to use
  • Develop ever more powerful techniques that push the bounds of visual complexity and cinematic fidelity, and continue to create images no one has seen before

We push the state of the art in technology, but always in service of the latest creative challenge.
What You'll Do
  • Develop tools, structures, and pipeline systems that define how artists assemble and manage massively complex 3D scenes
  • Design user interfaces for authoring, validating, publishing, and tracking 3D and 2D data as it moves through the production pipeline
  • Extend, optimize, and simplify a complex network of automated batch processes
  • Integrate commercial applications such as Maya, Houdini, Katana, Shotgun, etc.
  • Work with and extend ILM's proprietary content creation systems
  • Work in a collaborative team of software engineers, and work directly with highly specialized and supremely talented artists
  • Split your time between long-term software development projects and day-to-day support of active shows
  • What We're Looking For
  • BS or advanced degree in computer science or related field, or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of experience in professional software development and/or VFX production
  • A passion for developing tools for master artists
  • A knack for simplifying complex processes
  • Experience with visual effects production pipelines
  • A solid background in software engineering and a thorough knowledge of computer graphics. You don't need to be a professional UX designer, but you should have a keen sense for how creative people use technology to work together under pressure.

Personal Skills
  • An intuitive understanding of the demands of a fast-paced, creatively-driven visual effects production environment
  • Readiness to place confidence in others, be trustworthy, and play nice
  • An ability to express yourself concisely, a willingness to speak up, and a conviction to keep everyone informed of progress and issues
  • An ability to listen intently and interpret artists' needs
  • An insightful and analytical thinker; a creative problem solver

Technical Skills
  • Expert knowledge of programming in python and/or C++ on Linux
  • Thorough knowledge of computer graphics and animation concepts: character rigging, geometric deformations, dynamic simulation, shading and rendering, etc.
  • Experience with commercial animation and VFX software applications: Maya, Houdini, RV, Shotgun, etc.
  • Knowledge of industry-standard scene data formats: Alembic, USD, etc.
  • Experience with GUI toolkits: Qt, PyQt/PySide, etc.
  • Thorough knowledge of software design/development principles: design patterns, object-oriented design, agile development, etc.
  • Experience with revision control and release management: Perforce/SVN, Git, etc.
  • Experience working with a large, complex, mature, and dynamic code base

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What are The Walt Disney Company Perks + Benefits

The Walt Disney Company Benefits Overview

Because our employees and cast members are at the heart of everything we do, Disney offers a competitive total rewards package that includes pay, health and savings benefits, time-off programs, educational opportunities and more. Together, these rewards make up a comprehensive package that help you live your best life, grow personally and professionally and take advantage of the special extras that only Disney can provide.

Eligibility for certain reward programs will vary based on your job status, work location and/or the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
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Life Insurance
Mental Health Benefits
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401(K) Matching
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Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days

An Insider's view of The Walt Disney Company

How does the company support your career growth?

Over my 13 years with the company, I’ve had passionate leaders and colleagues with diverse backgrounds who have taught me and given me opportunities to expand into areas I never thought possible. You have the freedom to take career risks and apply your previous experience in ways you may not anticipate.


Product Management Director

What is your vision for the company?

Disney has always been at the heart of the evolution of the media industry, and technology is an essential part of that. The way that we tell and consume stories in the future is going to be completely different than it is today, and The Walt Disney Company is uniquely positioned to shape and create that future.


SVP/Chief Technology Officer, The Walt Disney Studios

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