- Animation Technician (Shot Support)

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Animation Technician (Shot Support)


Animation Technician (Shot Support)

• Emerging Level


Pixar Animation Studios: The Animation Technician (Shot Support) position addresses and resolves shot specific technical issues for Animators.

Category Animation  Art Department  Special Effects  Technician 
Location San Francisco Bay Area
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date Oct 07, 2022
Start Date N/A
End Date N/A

Job Description

This position is part of a team that acts as the primary technical contact in Animation with the goal of keeping Animators animating.

  • Maintain, modify, and troubleshoot shot files for show setup and Animator shot support 
  • Verify that shots coming into Animation are ready to be animated 
  • Troubleshoot and resolve shot-related problems, this may involve working at the Animator’s computer and/or working with Tools or other departments 
  • Write and maintain scripts specific to Animation 
  • Verify show pipeline is set up for Animation to animate and render 
  • Assist in technical training of Animators 
  • Secondary systems administrative support
  • Work closely with Animation Managers, Leads and Coordinators on strategy and implementation of large-scale projects, make sure solution integrates with other departments, especially Lighting
  • Work with Animators and the Animation Tools Liaisons to improve in-house software; this includes identifying and reporting bugs as well as suggesting improvements
  • Maintain familiarity with history of shots/sequences to proactively identify and resolve technical issues impacting Animation 
  • Technical contact to identify and resolve all problems for departments that give inventory to or receive inventory from Animation; these include Layout, Editorial, Characters, Sets, Shading, Lighting, and Rendering
  • Working knowledge and use of Maya, Linux and UNIX based tools, Mac-OSX
  • Extensive knowledge of film production pipeline 
  • Working knowledge of version control - Perforce preferred 
  • Familiarity with Oracle commands, script, tools in regard to updating and tracking in-progress (IP) animation 
  • Ability to do shot specific character and prop rigging, shaping, and/or sculpting 
  • At least 2 years experience coding scripts in Python
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, must possess ability to help Animators at their computers with technical issues; serve as technical interface between departments 
  • Incredible eye for detail and continuity 
  • Foresight to anticipate needs, and the ability to address, and prioritize tasks quickly and efficiently
  • Comfortable documenting, explaining, and teaching processes to others 
  • Good attention to detail, excellent follow-through; self-motivated, proactive nature and a “can-do” attitude a must 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and assist a large number of Animators every day 
  • Ability to work under pressure, in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment 
  • Must be open to direction and able to embrace change 
  • Prefer working knowledge of Animation, Rigging and Sim

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit N/A
Shift Day
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