A Character FX Pipeline Technical Director (CFX TD) is responsible for developing workflows, tools and APIs for working with cutting edge approaches to dynamic hair, cloth, muscles, and geometry deformations for all of Digital Domain's high-profile Feature Film and Television projects.
Above all, this role requires an enthusiasm to learn and try new things. The Character Effects department is constantly exploring new techniques in a variety of proprietary, publicly available and open-source applications to achieve industry-leading results. A candidate for this role should have strong technical and communication skills, an understanding of good coding practices, and experience with 3D geometry deformation principals. For these reasons, experience with either Houdini or Character FX work is required, but not necessarily both.
• Ability to learn quickly and work in a fast paced, dynamic atmosphere.
• Collaborate with the Character FX Pipeline team and department stakeholders to find and present opportunities for improvements that can be addressed through communication, training, documentation, or by developing technology solutions.
• Help to ensure that solutions find the right balance between the immediate-term needs of current projects while also contributing to the department’s long-term roadmap.
• Support artists with production issues by applying debugging skills and tracking the progress in tickets
• Design, extend and integrate a range of proprietary software into our multi-DCC (Maya, Houdini, etc) pipeline.
• Participate with the rest of the Pipeline Department to maintain and improve the quality of existing tools and APIs
Education and/or Experience Required:
• 3+ years experience in at least one of these areas/applications (not all): Character FX, Rigging, Houdini
• Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent work experience
• Expertise in Python
• Experience with crafting APIs, serialization formats (YAML, JSoN, XML, etc), other languages such as C++, and GUI frameworks such as Qt are highly desired but not required
Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands:
• Office working environment.
• Hours for this position are based on normal working hours but will require extra hours pending production needs.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it. Digital Domain 3.0, Inc management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs. As an equal employment opportunity employer, Digital Domain commits to a work environment free from unlawful discrimination where all employees are treated equally with dignity, respect and on the basis of individual experience and potential, without regard to any personal classifications protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. Diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of DD's values as a company. Our goal is to increase the attraction, retention, and advancement of women, persons of color, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, individuals who identify as LGBTQ2S and all under-represented groups in skilled occupations within the entertainment and technology sectors. Building a diverse and inclusive workplace is critical to the success of our business and the well-being of our people. It drives innovation, new ideas, and most importantly, a safe and collaborative environment for you. We invite you to join us on this journey to help us better represent the world we live in, at the places we work, and to create a space where each individual feels comfortable bringing their whole self to work.