Technical Director, Resident -Rendering
Pixar - Emeryville, CA

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About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up and most recently, Brave. The Northern California studio has won 29 Academy Awards® and its eleven films have grossed more than $6.5 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney•Pixar is Monsters University (June 21, 2013).

About the Residency Program

The goal of the program is to provide new graduates the opportunity to apply their academic training and knowledge in a real job at Pixar. Residents will work on Pixar’s films and will have the opportunity to build their skills and learn from our creative and talented workforce. All technical “Residents” will receive ongoing mentorship and training throughout their time at Pixar. The residency is a twelve-month program. Residents will be evaluated during their term and may be considered for ongoing employment, dependent on overall performance and Studio needs.

Who Should Apply

To be eligible for a Technical Director Residency at Pixar, you must be a new graduate from a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD Program at the start of the residency.


Set up, monitor, and debug rendered images from early animation to final lighting. Optimize models and shots. Check final film images.


Our Technical Director Residents will possess some or all of the following areas of experience:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate degree in Computer Science, Art or a related field.
  • Programming experience in C or C++, or a scripting language such as Python or Perl.
  • An art aesthetic that demonstrates a thorough understanding of physical motion, weight, balance, lighting, texture and form.
  • Experience using high-end 3D graphic packages, such as Maya, XSI, Lightwave, 3D Studio Max.
  • Linux or Unix Operating System experience.
Application Deadline

Term: Starts Summer 2013 (1 Year)

Submission Process

Apply online with your resume and cover letter.

Please ensure that you have agreed to the Terms at the end of the on-line application. You will not be able to continue without this affirmation. By agreeing, you are agreeing to the terms of the Submission Release.

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Pixar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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