Lighting Pipeline Technical Director - Digital Domain // Vancouver/MTL


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Digital Domain is an innovative and global visual effects studio. We are a creative powerhouse that has brought artistry and technology to hundreds of motion pictures, commercials, and games. Our groundbreaking visual effects appear in films such as Fast and Furious 8, Ready Player One, Spider-Man and Avengers, Infinity War.

Lighting TD’s primarily write and support tools and production workflows to facilitate different lighting and rendering techniques such as HDRI, SSS, and Global Illumination. They can also create photo-realistic CG Look Development and Lighting when required. Their focus is ensuring production shots can be delivered efficiently, at the very highest standard. TD’s must have a strong knowledge of look development, shaders, lighting, and layer management as well as a thorough understanding of the AOVs/frame buffers that the Compositing Department may need.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Be able to troubleshoot common rendering and lighting technical issues, including ray tracing render optimization
  • Develops tools to optimize texturing, shading, and lighting workflow and pipeline · Craft and update documentation for the tools, techniques and workflows
  • Work with upstream and downstream departments to resolve asset and lookdev issues
  • Create photo-realistic CG lighting that meets all technical and aesthetic standards for the project
  • Guide development of facility shaders by actual implementation, or where appropriate, delegating implementation to dedicated facility shader TD
  • Establish best practices for the most common shader techniques for VRay, Redshift, Arnold and Prman
  • Work with Sups and Look Dev artists to establish a facility procedure for evaluation and accountability to ensure uniformity across shows whenever possible
  • Develop and maintain a proper repository for coding shaders in SVN/Git
  • Develop best practices of for shading specific problems (i.e. AOVs, Projection, SSS, etc)
  • Aid show leads in communication and problem solving with texture and look dev teams
  • Keep Pipeline Supervisor aware of any nonstandard techniques in use and help establish techniques or approve the requested innovation
  • Solicit feedback from shows to determine best practices that need to be supported at facility level
  • Attend, report on, and present to relevant Pipeline Councils
  • Keep up to date on current industry technologies and techniques
  • Report directly to the Pipeline Supervisor

Please apply via e-mail at: tandrade@d2.com