Pipeline Technical Director



Pipeline TDs are responsible for developing and maintaining software tools, providing front-line support to artists, and general troubleshooting of the CG pipeline in a fast-paced, episodic visual effects production environment. The primary focus is creative problem solving and facilitating artist workflows to ensure efficiency.


  • Develop pipeline tools to meet immediate production demands, ensuring company-wide compatibility and consistency

  • Help maintain a wide array of existing workflows and scripts.

  • Provide front-line production support, troubleshoot, and help artists with general problem-solving. Monitor email requests, assess and redirect issues to appropriate resources where needed.

  • Work closely with pipeline and systems teams in testing, and releasing new and modified software and systems.

  • Act as an on-call resource for show production staff

  • Collaborate effectively with artists, production supervisors, and technical staff

  • Identify day-to-day priorities in conjunction with supervisors; act autonomously.

  • Work primarily on workflow tools requiring introductory knowledge of the larger pipeline spec.

  • Develop comprehensive knowledge of software and systems and contribute to evolving standards and conventions used in production.

  • Update documentation for the pipeline and tools to reflect changes.

Core Competencies:

  • Proficiency in Windows

  • Strong/Advanced Python scripting required

  • Experience in one or more of 3dsmax, Maya, Nuke, Houdini, Mari, Shotgun or similar

  • Direct experience with CG workflows and techniques

  • Ability to communicate cross-discipline and provide innovative solutions to pipeline issues.

  • Detail oriented and strong self-sufficient trouble shooter.

  • Good knowledge of the entire visual effects process, from shooting to modeling and texturing, animation, rendering and compositing


Preferred Competencies:

  • Experience with production database systems

  • Experience with C, C++

  • Experience with Windows development a plus.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science or a related technical field.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining tools for use in computer graphics.

  • At least 3 years production experience in visual effects for film, commercials, or television.

Who we are:

Distillery VFX is a full-service boutique visual effects studio in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and an ensemble of experienced compositors and 3D generalists focused on delivering high-end environment and compositing work.  Our namesake is derived from our team’s deepest core value: to refine our processes and workflows to their purest and most efficient forms. 

If you're up for joining the team email Jobs@distilleryvfx.com