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Lead, Pipeline Technical Director

Santa Monica, California, US | Pipeline Technical Direction | Full time

Home to exceptional artists and technologists, Method Studios is an award-winning global VFX company working with top creators on features, episodic, advertising, and immersive experiences. Its network of integrated facilities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Melbourne, Pune, and Atlanta provides a full range of services including conceptual design, pre-vis, look development, on-set supervision, 3D animation/CGI, motion graphics, matte painting, compositing, and finishing; and through Method EXP, end-to-end and a la carte AR and VR services.

Method Studios, LA is currently looking for a Lead Pipeline TD. Pipeline leads help shape the evolution of our technologies and workflows to enable productions to work more quickly and efficiently.


  • Develop and support production software (tools) and frameworks.
  • Troubleshoot production issues.
  • Meet with Show leadership to identify issues and priorities.
  • Line manager for on-site TDs.
  • Other Pipeline related duties as needed.Prioritize and schedule TD support and development tasks.
  • Run daily "stand-up" meetings with TDs for active tasks to confirm expected progress and identify impediments.
  • Work with other teams to standardize tools, libraries, frameworks, workflows and conventions.
  • Ensure TDs contribute to the code base according to company software practices.
  • Guide other TDs in developing software.
  • Get involved in code reviews and process pull requests.
  • Provide point-of-contact from show pipeline support.
  • Work with developers to setup demos and communicate updates, new tools, and bugs to all of production.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Computer Science degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • 5 years of experience in VFX across multiple disciplines.
  • 5+ years of Python experience.
  • Experience working directly with production teams.
  • Experience with VFX applications (Maya, Nuke, Houdini, RV...)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with render farm software.
  • Experience leading development teams.
  • Expertise in C++ and shell scripting.