CG Technical Director

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Relish Animation – a division of Relish Interactive – is searching for a CG Technical Director to provide support on a CG web series for Mattel and various other animation projects. The position will be based on Vancouver Island (yes – Island!) where we are building out as the hub of our animation division.

Role

The CG Technical Director will serve the needs of the production team from a technical standpoint. They will have a thorough knowledge of the entire CG production pipeline and work closely with the various teams (modeling/lighting/rigging/animation/rendering) to solve problems and create tools. They should have a thorough working knowledge of the different software packages used in production.


Reports to: Head of Animation

Responsibilities

  • Good working knowledge of Autodesk Maya CG production pipelines for animation with specific proficiency in look development, lighting, and render processes.
  • Proficiency in Redshift and other rendering engines. This includes optimization of scenes for render, lowering render times, troubleshooting, etc.
  • Working knowledge of cloud and local rendering solutions and their management.
  • Capable of working with producers, directors, and all team members to effectively identify project requirements, manage resources, and meet deadlines.
  • Capable of evaluating the team, identifying strengths, problem areas, and developing plans for improving performance and mentoring talent.
  • Able to create and optimize proxies for animators.
  • Able to do quality check of CG assets – including characters, props, and backgrounds.
  • Expertise in grooming solutions (such as xGen) for animation.
  • Hands on knowledge of dynamics, fluids, and simulations.
  • Python and MEL scripting is ideal (mostly when optimizing processes).

Basic Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience in the CG animation industry.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Comfortable with client interactions.
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, and time management skills.
  • Able to process lots of information from various departments and make informed decisions under pressure.