Materials Technical Director (R10009193)

21St Century Fox Greenwich , CT 06830

Posted 3 months ago


Blue Sky Studios

We are a collection of enduring brands and iconic, unforgettable characters. We create content for audiences big and small, reaching billions of people every day. Most of all, we are many individuals, each uniquely talented, each a critical piece to our puzzle, who collectively become a power. Desire to thrill and engage? Join us as we engage and inspire.


Materials TDs are responsible for defining the feel of every surface in a film. This includes characters and background environments. The Materials group works very closely with the Art Director to establish the level of realism or abstraction that the film requires. Each member of the group is expected to contribute technical expertise and visual creativity.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with Materials Supervisor, and fellow Materials TDs to create beautiful materials that meet the approval of the Director and Art Director.

  • Design and create procedural textures that meet visual demands and are technically stable enough to be reused by others.

  • Develop proficiency with all proprietary renderer CGI Studio++, including shader design, model exporting, fur coloring, scripting and composting


Education and/or Experience Required:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent in computing science or related field

  • Prior High-end CG production experience required.

Skills, Abilities, Special Licenses or Certificate:

  • Experience with Procedural Texturing in advanced rendering package (RenderMan, Mental Ray, etc.).

  • Good artistic eye for detail with the ability to create a look to match various Art Department references.

  • Understanding of the fundamentals of surface properties, and their relationship to lighting and rendering.

  • Understanding of artistic concepts of color, composition, and pattern.

  • Familiarity with scripting concepts. (C-Shell, Perl, RenderMan, MEL and/or similar).

  • Strong experience with the UNIX or Linux operating systems

  • Ability to manage resources to achieve aesthetic goals on schedule.

  • Experience working in a production environment preferred.

Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands:

  • The Materials TD works in a world-class Animation Studio with demanding schedules and hard deadlines: As production demands increase overtime may be required for this position.

  • Office working environment

  • Approximately 80% of the time will be spent working on a computer.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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Materials Technical Director (R10009193)

21St Century Fox