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The Walt Disney Company Animation Technician in Emeryville, California


  • Keep Animators Animating

  • Support, maintain, and improve animation specific shot data

  • Verify that shots coming into animation are ready to be animated

  • Troubleshoot and resolve shot-related problems, this may involve working at the animator’s computer and/or working with Tools or other departments, when in the Studio

  • Write and maintain scripts specific to animation

  • Verify show pipeline is set up for animation to animate and render

  • Assist in technical training of animators

  • Secondary systems administrative support

  • Other Technical Duties

  • Work closely with Animation Manager, Leads and Coordinator on strategy and implementation of large-scale projects, make sure solution integrates with other departments, especially Lighting

  • Work with animators and the Animation Tools Liaisons to improve in-house software, this includes identifying and reporting bugs as well as suggesting improvements of the software’s development

  • Maintain familiarity with history of shots/sequences to proactively identify and resolve technical issues impacting animation

  • Technical contact to identify and resolve all problems for departments that give inventory to or receive inventory from Animation, these include Layout, Editorial, Characters, Sets, Shading, Lighting, and Rendering


  • Working knowledge and use of Maya, Linux and UNIX based tools, Mac-OSX

  • Extensive knowledge of film production pipeline

  • Familiarity with Oracle commands, script, tools in regard to updating and tracking in-progress (IP) animation

  • Ability to do shot specific character rigging and sculpting

  • At least 2 years’ experience coding scripts in Python

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, must possess ability to help animators at their computers with technical issues; serve as technical interface between departments

  • Incredible eye for detail and continuity

  • Ability to address and prioritize tasks quickly and efficiently

  • Good attention to detail, excellent follow-through; self-motivated, proactive nature and a “can-do” attitude a must

  • Ability to work collaboratively and assist a large number of animators every day

  • Ability to work under pressure, in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment

  • Must be open to direction and able to embrace change

  • Prefer working knowledge of animation, rigging and sim

Job ID: R-02701

Location: Emeryville,California

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