Lighting Technical Director
Lucasfilm EntertainmentLondon, UK
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Full Time Job
Position at Industrial Light & Magic
Lighting Technical Directors are responsible for producing high-quality CG lighting and rendering for complex shots for high-end photo-realistic visual effects.
• Scrutinise the colours and directions of all light sources in the real-world scene and replicate them in CG.
• Design and create the lighting and the look of computer generated objects and scenes.
• Responsible for the final CG scene assembly, lighting and rendering of very complex shots.
• Works closely with Lighting Supervisors and CG Supervisors to determine the best approach to solving CG challenges and developing the final look.
• Creates lighting set ups and/or works within current set ups.
• Creates efficient rendering set ups in order to optimise render farm usage.
• Stays on schedule and meets set deadlines while maintaining the highest level of work quality.
• Ensures there is ongoing communication with Production and Leads regarding schedules and deadlines.
• Helps mentor Junior Artists within the Lighting/Look Dev team
• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphics or equivalent or previous professional experience in a related field.
• Experience of real-world lighting and photography.
• Demonstrable advanced Lighting and Rendering experience within a VFX environment.
• Previous experience performing shot Look Dev tasks
• Exhibits excellent listening and communication skills, able to receive direction and criticism.
• Demonstrates an excellent aesthetic eye, anticipates potential problems and uses knowledge of how to use the tools to achieve the desired look.
• Demonstrates the ability to help and teach more junior-level artists.
• Demonstrates the ability to prioritise tasks and provide Production / Lead with accurate time estimates on task completion.
• Demonstrates excellent presentation/communication skills in dailies/shot review by clearly and briefly outlining what has been accomplished and what should be addressed next in a shot.
• Demonstrates the ability to work within a team environment with minimal supervision to complete a shot.
• Can write plug-ins, set-up sequences, debug simulations and write set up and Renderman surface shaders with proficiency.
• Solid compositing ability, can wrangle blue-screen extractions, working knowledge of Nuke.
• Demonstrates the ability to work with minimal supervision to complete a shot.
• A thorough understanding of the VFX pipeline from modelling through animation, texturing, rendering and compositing.
• Ability to pick-up new techniques and the ability to learn new software quickly and easily
Required Technical Skills
• Knowledge of Katana is essential, Maya an advantage and Zeno beneficial.
• Knowledge of Python and/or MEL scripting is essential.
• Shader writing ability is essential.
• A good knowledge of Nuke or similar compositing package, including how to use layers and passes to tweak a shot after it has been rendered.
• A strong understanding of Linux based operating systems.
• Basic knowledge of physically plausible shading techniques.
• A strong knowledge of lighting techniques and a good understanding of colour-space.
• Excellent pipeline scripting ability.
• Excellent knowledge of Renderman and other unbiased rendering systems.
• Good knowledge of other disciplines within VFX including simulation, modelling and UV mapping, texturing and camera tracking
This position is with Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Industrial Light & Magic. Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Lucasfilm fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.
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About Industrial Light & Magic:
Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM is the leading effects facility in the world, serving the motion picture, commercial production, and attraction industries. ILM has created visual effects for over 325 feature films and has played a key role in seven of the top 10 worldwide box-office hits of all time and has contributed to 25 of the top 50. ILM has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, the company continues to break new ground in visual effects, VR, AR, and Immersive Cinema.
About The Walt Disney Company:
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney's stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.
This position is with Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Industrial Light & Magic.
Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion or belief, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability or pregnancy or maternity. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.