Technical Director


Salary or Budget: Competitive
Experience required: 1+ years

Works with both Lighting and Rendering departments, as well as other departments across the production, to improve quality and efficiency of final renders.


  • Assist Lighting department with improving quality of lighting and final renders
  • Assists in optimization, including per-shot and show- and studio-wide techniques for improved render efficiency for both time and memory utilization
  • Debug/troubleshoot lighting renders
  • Monitor rendering trends during the course of production and anticipate issues and suggest solutions
  • Seek new methods to approach highest efficiency of td workflow and render farm utilization
  • Interface with production, systems, and tools to address technical issues in these overlapping areas


  • Must have strong drive to debug and problem solve
  • Must have good aesthetic eye for render quality and problem localization
  • Customer-service attitude is a must
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required for communicating with the team, management, and other departments
  • Must be able to context switch under pressure
  • Must be able to work alone and collaboratively with multiple tasks
  • Must be a team player
  • Must be open to direction and able to embrace change


  • Education in computer science, mathematics, engineering, Media Production, or a related field
  • Strong familiarity with computer graphics concepts is important
  • Skills in the following areas are generally required: Unix or Linux OS, Scripting or Programming in C, C++, Python, or a similar language; CGI tools such as Maya, RenderMan, or Houdini
  • Systems administration experience is a bonus

Pixar is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We know our storytelling is at its best when we include, celebrate and embrace difference. We strive to be a diverse workforce that is representative of our audiences, and where all can thrive and belong. We are committed to building a team that includes and respects a variety of voices, identities, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Pixar participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

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