Posted August 10, 2015 4 years 2 months ago

Senior “LookDev” Technical Director

Senior “LookDev” Technical Director DHX Media

DHX Media produces exceptional original, creatively diverse animation projects that command the skills of a passionate, talented crew! Situated in the heart of Halifax, the studio aims to provide an inspirational and fun working environment that fosters collaboration with some of the best teams in the industry. We prize creativity and offer our crew the opportunity to grow as artists. At DHX Media, the artists are the foundation of our studio.

At our new state-of-the-art 17,000 square foot facility we strive to be the best artists and storytellers in the field. We’ve partnered with nearly everyone in the kids landscape. Our most recent shows include Inspector Gadget, SuperWHY!, Wishenpoof, Space Ranger Roger and Little People. Our location offers the best of city living, small town life and stunning nature - all in one place.

Reporting to the Studio Production Supervisor, the scope of the Sr. LookDev Technical Director’s role includes:

  • Anticipate, communicate & troubleshoot creative and technical issues with assistance from key stakeholders

  • Work collaboratively in a team environment

  • Liaise with modeling/lighting/shading TDs to develop the look for each series

  • Develop tools, shaders and workflows for shading, lighting and texture artists

  • Assist in debugging and solving render artifacts and excessive render time

  • Assist and provide technical support to ensure departments deliver on time

  • Optimize assets shading networks to achieve both look & efficient render time

  • Help create and maintain the production shader library

  • Research new techniques and tools

  • Create and update documentation explaining our process and tools

  • Actively participate in production related meetings

  • Keep current on pipeline techniques and technology

  • Recommend team training to Senior Production Supervisor

  • Be a positive and creative force, encouraging feedback and new initiatives

  • Mentor, train and assist other pipeline TD’s in the team


  • 3-5 years’ experience in animation or visual effects for film & TV

  • Ability to translate artistic needs in to technical applications, and to

    communicate creative and technical ideas

  • Proficiency in RenderMan, with experience implementing Renderman

    extensions, such as RSL plugins, procedural and RIF

  • Strong knowledge of C/C++ programing language

  • Good understanding of modeling, texturing, shading, lighting & render workflows

  • Ability to take direction, collaborate and be a team player

  • Ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently

  • Ability to work under pressure often with multiple tasks

    Compensation Package: This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary and benefits.

    Reply in confidence: If you’re up for a new “quality of life adventure” with a great creative team, we want to hear from YOU! Pls forward a covering email & resume to:, with “Senior LookDev TD” in the subject header. We thank all candidates for their submissions. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

    Inquiries are welcome at 416.533.6788.