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R&D Engineer - Real-Time Rendering at The Walt Disney Company (San Francisco, CA)

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We are looking for Real-Time Rendering Engineers for our Virtual Production R&D team, to help us advance the state of the art in real-time virtual production technology for major motion pictures and television.
We're looking for self-motivated engineers who can develop new techniques for real-time rendering from R&D inception to production usage. We need people who can deliver tools and technology that empower storytellers, and who can work in concert with other engineers throughout the company to leverage existing knowledge and solutions. We look to our Real-time Rendering Engineers to set new bars for what can be achieved with real-time rendering.
Leveraging our decades-long experience in production and effects, we have focused our R&D team on building StageCraft, a powerful end-to-end solution integrated with all aspects of virtual production. StageCraft represents a new paradigm of filmmaking that combines traditional filmmaking tools with cutting-edge technology to allow filmmakers to achieve their vision with speed and flexibility. StageCraft allows filmmakers to explore new ideas, communicate concepts, and execute shots in a team-oriented and flexible production environment.
StageCraft offers filmmakers the ability to:
  • Shoot in-camera vfx on state-of-the-art LED stages
  • Design shots in an immersive VR Environment
  • Scout locations and shots virtually
  • Previsualize and block shots and performance capture
  • Capture multiple live performances and review in real time on monitors, mobile devices, and large LED or projection displays

What You'll Do
  • Investigate, prototype, and implement solutions for high-fidelity rendering in a real-time context
  • Extend and create solutions for lighting, VFX, and post-processing
  • Provide domain expertise in the area of real-time rendering
  • Work within and extend and support ILM's proprietary software systems
  • Work with talented artists in ILM's studios in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London, and Sydney to develop and implement their vision
  • Split time between long-term software development projects and day-to-day production needs
  • Plan and manage tasks and schedules effectively
  • Work in a collaborative, distributed team of full-time software engineers to form a highly productive team

What We're Looking For
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related technical field, or equivalent experience.
  • Previous experience coding in the role of Graphics Engineer
  • Required Skills / Competencies
  • Solid knowledge of physically based rendering
  • Deep experience of one or more of industry standard graphics APIs (Vulkan, DirectX, etc)
  • Deep experience of shader languages (GLSL/HLSL)
  • Deep experience with GPU and CPU optimization techniques
  • Excellent 3D math skills (linear algebra, vector math)
  • Strong knowledge of C/C++ programming languages
  • Self-motivated individual with excellent problem solving & communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Nice to have:
    • Experience with DCC tools such as Maya, 3ds Max, Houdini, Substance
    • Experience working with a large, complex, mature, and dynamic code base
    • Experience with GPU hardware ray tracing

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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.

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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.


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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.


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