Luma Pictures - System Administrator (Los Angeles)


[B]System Administrator (Los Angeles)

Luma Pictures[/B] is an artist centric feature film VFX studio located two blocks from the beach in Santa Monica, California. *We maintain a unique culture with an amazingly talented staff and are always on the lookout for exceptional people for full time and project positions.

The ideal candidate will be able to contribute to many aspects of our production network; including user support, OS management and scripting.

The precise tasks can vary depending on what you bring to the table, but some of the outstanding responsibilities are:

  • Manage and troubleshoot hardware and software issues on user workstations running Mac, Linux and occasionally Windows
  • BASH and/or Python scripting to increase production in our area of supporting the artists
  • Assisting with other items such as power issues, building issues, and other general Issues
  • Ethernet cabling, power cabling, server setups and take downs, deployments


  • Advanced knowledge of OSX, CentOS/RHEL, Fedora including software management and deployment
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with networking concepts and network implementations, including routing, VLANs, firewalls, traffic inspection
  • Advanced knowledge of DNS, LDAP, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SSH, RDP and other common protocols
  • Proactive, curious, energetic, troubleshooter
  • Strong desire and ability to learn and apply new knowledge and techniques
  • Able to lift a server or other similarly weighted item from time to time, independently
  • Extremely proficient with gnu/linux rpm-based distributions
  • Knowledge of apache httpd virtual hosts files
  • Ability to lead in advanced troubleshooting without guidance for hardware, software and networking issues
  • Advanced knowledge of hardware RAID, software RAID, lvm, ext3/4, NFS, CIFS/SMB, AFP
  • Advanced knowledge of hardware including RAID cards, clustered storage such as equallogic, sun fire, isilon or avamar
  • Advanced knowledge of network troubleshooting techniques using nmap, tcpdump, wireshark, iperf, iptraf, nettop, traceroute, etc
  • Advanced knowledge of linux network commands including NetworkManager, host, nslookup, dig, ifconfig, ip, route, netstat, ping, iptables, etc
  • Solid understanding of packet flow, tcp and udp transmissions
  • Advanced knowledge of sysv, init scripts and the startup and login process for linux and osx systems
  • Advanced knowledge of virtualization concepts and implementations
  • Knowledge of rpm repository mirroring and rpmbuild, for custom repos
  • Advancecd knowledge of security concepts ranging from file permissions to best practices and backdoor prevention
  • Knowledge of VPN technologies including site-to-site VPN tunnels


  • Advanced knowledge of xenserver administration, including p2v
  • Knowledge of openldap or opendirectory
  • Knowledge of systemd
  • Familiar with visual effects shops, pipelines or similar
  • Experience with bluecoat systems or other hardware ssl proxy web filters
  • Wireless networking experience
  • Video card experience (drivers, troubleshooting, Xorg, etc)
  • Puppet management system knowledge
  • Mcollective knowledge
  • Cobbler knowledge
  • Fortigate/fortiap experience
  • Procurve experience

If you think you fit the bill and want a quick response, go to and/or If you prefer to send hard copies, you can submit a resume, reel, shot breakdown and cover letter to:

Attention: Recruiting - [System Administrator]
Luma Pictures
1424 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401


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