Glendale, CA

Technical Director

A Technical Director (TD) provides critical support to a show's artists and department heads. A Technical Director will design, develop, program and implement new software tools and processes for a particular show or department. As needed, a Technical Director may be asked to do shot work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Provide support and development of software tools and procedures to extend and enhance the pipeline.

-Assist animators and artists with troubleshooting of shots. Issues may include software and other problems with fur, clothing, particle effects, animation, and rendering.

-Ensure software development follows studio policies and guidelines.

-Support and work with multiple departments, including Modeling, Animation, Lighting, FX, and Research and Development.

-Work closely with other Technical Directors, Production Supervisors, VFX Supervisors, and Production Engineering to maintain and further the production pipeline.

-Assist in training and mentoring of other Entry Level and Associate Technical Directors.

-Reports to the show's Supervising Technical Director.



-Strong programming skills. Proficiency in C, C++, Object Oriented Programming, Python and/or Perl desired.

-Production experience in computer animation, visual effects, or game industry.

-Experience with tool integration into existing or new pipelines.

-Experience with Maya or other 3rd Party Animation systems.

-Ability to establish priorities, work independently or within a group, and work with minimal supervision.

-Exceptional communication skills in dealing with both technical and artistic groups.


-B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent is required

How to Apply for Technical or Non-Artistic Positions:

Include a resume and cover letter. We require both for all submissions.

To submit your information, send your resume and cover letter to: jobs@dreamworks.com

Please put the position name (or code if applicable) in the subject line

We apologize that due to the volume of submissions we're unable to personally respond to each applicant or inquiry. If your qualifications meet our needs, we will contact you.

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Department TD

Job Location
Glendale, CA

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