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The Walt Disney Company Technical Director, Set Shading in Emeryville, California


  • Design and iterate on the texture, color, and material properties of architectural and organic models and environments in a variety of visual styles

  • Create materials using any or all appropriate techniques and resources, including proprietary and 3rd party software, 2D / 3D texture painting, procedural signals, reuse and modification of existing shading functions, and the creation of original algorithmic work

  • Create textures in programs like Adobe Photoshop or Substance Designer

  • Work closely with technical leads and art directors to review and revise work as necessary to gain Production Designer and Director approval

  • Interpret shading direction that may be expressed as drawings, paintings, photographs, motion picture references and/or actual reference objects or locations

  • Participate in artistic and technical discussions and problem solving

  • Maintain asset stability and debug issues for downstream departments

  • Projects may also include technical development such as implementing procedurals in the Open Shading Language and optimizing existing pipelines and assets


  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Animation or Fine Arts or a related area, or equivalent work experience recommended, though not required

  • Experience using 3D animation software required

  • Strong aesthetic eye and technical understanding of shading, texturing, and look development

  • Ability to follow art direction but also demonstrate initiative

  • Ability to be self-motivated while working within a team structure

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a dynamic work environment

  • Experience writing shaders with any shading language, such as OSL, RSL, GLSL, or C++ a plus

  • Graphics programming, including RenderMan, Maya, Katana, Houdini and Nuke a plus

  • UNIX/LINUX operating system experience a plus


  • Work should exhibit a strong emphasis on surface history, demonstrating knowledge of how materials interact, change, and respond to illumination. Color, composition, and render quality will also be evaluated

  • Reel should include animated shots, with turntables a plus

  • Material and layer breakdowns a plus

  • Personal artwork may be included, if relevant

Job ID: R-02487

Location: Emeryville,California

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