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

Reporting to: Head of Production Technology Montreal – Lead Pipeline TD - Animation

- Provide users support for animation departments; diagnose bugs and issues, provide solutions and workarounds for animators and layout artists cross divisions and cross sites.

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

- Support the pipeline and Maya tools and API ensuring compliance with the general animation production pipeline, as well as the global Cinesite pipeline (VFX and Animation, Montreal, London, Vancouver, Germany).

- Test and document new software/modules and evaluate the impact of value added to the pipeline.

- Monitor the workflow of the company or studio and streamline operations.

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

- Work closely with the other Pipeline TDs and Developers to ensure that standard work practices are followed and to report common problems in animation.

- Assist Animation departments in evaluating and selecting new technologies.

- Follow standard software development practices such as code review, Jira ticket evaluation and triage,

- Mentor less experienced team members on your areas of expertise.

- 5> years’ experience in developing tools and API with Maya especially for animation, layout and rigging

- Previous experience as an animator or rigger is a plus

- University degree in Computer Science, Animation, Arts and/or equivalent experience

- Advanced knowledge of Python programming

- Basic knowledge of C/C++ programming language is an asset

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

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

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

- A proactive attitude and great team spirit are essentials

- Good communications kills, 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.