3D Pipeline TD (Houdini) - BC

At Mainframe Studios, we’re creators first. We eat creative and technical challenges for breakfast and come back for more. We’ve been doing this for 25+ years, and we’re still going strong. We’re lucky enough to have the best team in the business. From our artists to our technical and production folks, everyone is passionate about collaborating on some kickass projects. We’ve partnered with the biggest names in the business to create a huge library of content. With partners like Mattel, Netflix, DreamWorks, Sony, Silvergate, and Nickelodeon, it's no wonder we’ve established ourselves as a creative force to be reckoned with.

WE WANT YOU (and your mad skills)! 

Under the guidance of the Pipeline Supervisors and VP, Information Technology and Pipeline, the Pipeline TD supports and enhances the infrastructure that facilitates production processes and workflows.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Devises and innovates methods of working through the development and maintenance of leading-edge proprietary FX-related pipeline tools and scripts.
  • Assists in the development of the studio's production pipeline.
  • Creates scripts allowing for automation of specific tasks.
  • Maintains accurate documentation for all coding development and follows studio protocol.
  • Provides additional technical support and training to production teams as needed.
  • Crafts innovative workflow tools to facilitate and expedite production.
  • Interprets and implements notes and feedback from the Pipeline Supervisors and/or Show CG Supervisors in a timely and qualitatively acceptable way.
  • Interacts with IT staff with respect to operating, file and network systems issues.
  • Attends regular production and departmental meetings.
  • Maintains contacts with academia/industry to keep current on new research and competitor developments. Reads relevant journals and technical articles.
  • Delivers assignments per project's schedule.
  • Adheres to digital file management protocols.
  • Supports and integrates the values of Mainframe that being a commitment to innovation, creativity, professionalism and inspiration.
  • Interacts respectfully and professionally with colleagues, other staff members, partners and clients.

Qualifications and Skills

  • 5+ years of experience working in a professional environment within their discipline.
  • Production knowledge of Houdini, including its API and scripting is required.
  • A demonstrable knowledge of FX workflows in CG Animation and/or Visual Effects is required.
  • A demonstrable production knowledge of Python is required, C/C++ is an asset.
  • A demonstrable knowledge of procedural and object-oriented programming languages.
  • Production knowledge of Nuke, including its API is an asset.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent experience is an asset.
  • Previous production experience with Qt is a definite asset.
  • Working knowledge of Maya, including its API and scripting is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Redshift, Arnold or other renderers, including their APIs is an asset.
  • Experience with Unix Shell scripting is considered an asset.
  • Production experience with revisions control systems such as Subversion, git, or Perforce is required.
  • Working knowledge of ShotGrid project management system, including its API is an asset.
  • Working knowledge of render farm management software like Qube, including its API is an asset.
  • Acquires and maintains up-to-date knowledge in the relevant fields.
  • Ability to communicate and/or demonstrate ideas clearly and concisely. Practices attentive and active listening. Incorporates feedback and direction received from Pipeline Supervisor.
  • Open to and encourages feedback and new initiatives.
  • Adaptable to change, he/she can alter course of action quickly per production needs. Highly motivated, proactive, solid work ethic and positive attitude.
  • Makes decisions in a timely manner. Accepts accountability for own actions.
  • Efficient and detail oriented. Ability to deliver assignments on time and meet set objectives.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work collaboratively.


Mainframe Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which means we will not discriminate against any individual based on race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law. This policy applies to every aspect of employment at Mainframe Studios, including recruitment, hiring, training, advancement, and termination. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and partners. Should you require accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please let us know your requirements when contacted.