The Creatures Department at Weta Digital has been integral to some of the most memorable and complex characters in recent cinema history. From Smaug the Dragon to highly evolved apes and more, the team is responsible for adding a unique level of believability in the way they perform and interact with the world around them.
The primary responsibility of a Creature Pipeline Technical Director is designing, developing and maintaining the core pipeline and related applications for the Creatures Department, with a focus on pushing large amounts of data through the render farm efficiently, integrating with facility asset management systems and providing support to artists. Candidates will work as part of a team and closely with Creature TD's, enabling their work to be delivered as efficiently as possible, while also considering the impact of changes on the wider facility. They will additionally work with other departments to respond to both upstream and downstream changes and requests, ensuring smooth transitions to new workflows and technologies.
This is a unique opportunity for someone interested in a highly technical position that tackles great challenges and wants to interact with developers from other disciplines to improve and support the workflow both within the Creatures Department and with other departments across the facility, who’s not afraid of putting their ideas to the test and thrive in a dynamic atmosphere that constantly evolves. Organization and enthusiasm will be key, with an eye for solutions that will help the team deliver solutions while working on many projects running simultaneously in the studio.
Candidates must have the following:
- An industry related degree (or equivalent experience)
- 5+ years of experience working on a production VFX pipeline
- 5+ years Python experience
- 5+ years Qt and PySide experience
- 5+ years Maya experience
- Experience developing in a Linux environment
- Excellent investigation, debugging, and communication skills
It would be helpful if candidates had:
- Experience with C++
- Experience with other DCC applications and APIs such as Nuke, Katana or Houdini
- Experience with SQL and Elasticsearch
If this sounds like you – we want to hear from you!
Location: Wellington - New Zealand