ICON Creative Studio is Canada’s largest independently owned animation entertainment company located in the historic Gastown district of Vancouver, BC Canada with design, storyboarding, modeling, rigging, animation, technical finaling, lighting, visual effects, and compositing artists alongside creative and management teams.
Known for our quality, efficiency, and timely deliveries, ICON has partnered alongside distributors, broadcasters, and streaming platforms around the world to help create, realize and produce noteworthy content.
ICON operates from a holistic philosophy that leverages individual skill sets to maximize production efficiency on the floor while maintaining an optimal balance of creativity and quality on-screen.-
During this challenging time, we have successfully transitioned to a virtual studio. The health of our employees is always our priority. We will see you soon!
Why work at ICON?
At ICON we constantly invest in raising the bar of our productions and fostering our people. If you are a passionate artist capable of sharing success with others, we'd like to hear from you!
Join the fastest growing CG Animation studio in Vancouver
Work in a safe environment. The company has successfully transitioned into a virtual studio via a high-speed Teradici connection
Work on top feature episodic CG franchises for leading streaming platforms (Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, Amazon, etc.)
Work with a diverse group of artists from all over the world who have come to BC to join our expanding studio
Use all of the latest tools and Softwares
We uphold a premium standard of quality across all of our production
We hire for the long term and give artists the opportunity to grow, get promoted and take on as much responsibility as they can manage
We offer flexibility and autonomy
We facilitate requests and make changes in a timely manner
We support PR applications
We offer a generous benefits package for all employees
Pipeline Technical Director
The purpose of the Pipeline department is to nurture an environment for the effective and efficient production of media through research, innovation, and the application of technology.
A Pipeline TD requires a general understanding of how data flows through the studio from beginning to end. Often with intimate knowledge of the operations in a particular department or area of expertise.
With this knowledge, you will be expected to recognize when the pipeline is not running smoothly and make necessary adjustments.
The applicant may be expected to demonstrate their skills through a programming test or exercise.
This position will report to the Pipeline Supervisor (Head of Department).
Provide courteous and professional technical support
Evaluate issues and requests generated by production (tickets), implementing technical solutions as needed
Notify supervisor of any anticipated disruptions to production schedules
Identify and automate inefficient or redundant tasks
Provide regular updates on current development efforts and projects
Maintain knowledge of the workflows and processes of the studio Pipeline
Attend regular production and departmental meetings
Participate in code reviews and training sessions
Maintain documentation for new and modified tools / systems
Perform code maintenance and refactoring
Write effective, readable and maintainable code
Stay informed about new technologies and techniques
Follow departmental coding standards
Follow departmental development and deployment practices
Abide by the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Required Skills :
Willingness to understand and contemplate complex technical
Take a proactive approach to investigation and troubleshooting issues
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Good time management
Use of Design Patterns and SOLID programming principles
Fluency with the Python programming language
Good understanding of visual effects and / or animation pipelines
Proven experience writing pipeline tools and modifying workflows
A degree in Computer Science, Computer Graphics or related field
Knowledge of database management and web technologies
Experience in Pipeline, System Administration or Software Development
Familiarity with standard software development practices
Experience of UI and UX design using Qt libraries
Experience with writing or maintaining REST-ful APIs
Prior experience using : Digital Content Creation (DCC) Applications : Maya / Zbrush / Nuke / Houdini / MARI / Premiere / Photoshop
MEL / PyMEL / Maya Python API (1 & 2) / Maya C++ API
Version / Source control (Git / BitBucket / GitLab)
Issue Tracking (YouTrack)
Production Tracking (Shotgun)
Farm schedulers (Deadline)
Editing (Adobe Premiere)
Universal Scene Description / Alembic
Additional programming languages (C++ / Java)