FX/Houdini Pipeline TD/Developer
Event Type
Job Posting
TimeMonday, 8 August 202210am - 3pm PDT
DescriptionUnder the supervision of the FX Pipeline Lead TD, the FX/Houdini Pipeline TD will maintain and advance the Cinesite pipeline for the FX domain (simulation, procedural modeling) on our animated and VFX shows across the group. Through the programming of new tools and plug-ins, the incumbent must ensure our pipeline is efficient and up to date with new production challenges to enable our FX/Houdini artists to focus on creative and artistic issues and deliver stunning imagery.


- Provide users support for asset and effects departments; diagnose bugs and issues, provide solutions and workarounds.

- Maintain and develop libraries (Python) and API for our core pipeline tools for the needs of current projects.

- Support the pipeline and related software tools for FX departments, ensuring compliance with the global Cinesite pipeline (VFX and Animation, Montreal, London, Vancouver, Germany).

- Test and document new software/modules and evaluate the impact or value added to the pipeline
- Develop tools and plug-ins for Houdini.

- Participate in the development and optimization of the long term toolset to be able to support a variety of workflows and increasingly complex production assets.

- Work closely with other Pipeline TDs and Developers to ensure that standard work practices are followed, such as code review, Jira ticket evaluation and triage, etc.

- Assist FX and simulation departments in evaluating and selecting new technologies.

- Mentor new joiners and less experienced team members.

- 5 years > experience in developing tools within Houdini using VEX or python.

- Basic knowledge of C/C++ programming language is a plus.

- Good understanding of the pipeline and workflow specific to VFX and animation film industry.

- Previous experience as an artist is a plus.

- Experience with source control and build systems in a Linux environment.

- Knowledge of 3D, rendering techniques, imaging formats, etc. is a plus.

- A proactive attitude and great team spirit are essentials.

- Good communications skills, problem solving and troubleshooting abilities.

Cinesite offers a positive, inclusive, diverse and creative environment where the world’s leading animation and effects artists are encouraged and supported to develop and produce challenging, cutting-edge, award-winning work.

We work as a collective, where excellence, expertise and expression are valued by all; where we collaborate with some of the world’s leading creative thinkers and produce work to which we are proud to put our name.

If you want to be part of the Cinesite story, please submit your application by email. If your candidacy is successful, you will be contacted shortly. If your application is not retained for this position, it will stay on file for future opportunities.