Location
London
Department
Pipeline
Advertising Salary
Competitive depending on experience

About The Role

Our Pipeline team is the absolute spine of our studio, being so crucial to every production we produce. We have an exciting opportunity for a Nuke Pipeline TD to join us as we continue to grow and welcome more incredible animated shows to work on.

As a Nuke Pipeline TD you’ll be responsible for implementing, improving and supporting production and artist workflows within compositing, to better function for the wider studio across a range of different animated shows. 

Due to the current government guidelines on the continuing pandemic, we welcome hybrid and remote working for all job opportunities we offer for the foreseeable future.

Day to Day:

  • Develop the Nuke pipeline tools to cater to our studio’s wide project formats like, shortform, episodic, and feature animation projects.
  • Work with Compositors throughout the studio to provide Nuke tools and gizmos that allow efficient work.
  • Feedback to the wider pipeline team about progress and requirements within the compositing pipeline.
  • Liaise with Lighting leads to ensure that tools work with rendering outputs correctly.
  • Devise methods to increase efficiency and utilization to keep artists productive.
  • Help resolve technical issues that have been escalated within the team.
  • Ensure tools are deployed effectively by providing tutorials, documentation and handling user feedback.

About You

Must Have:

  • Strong programming abilities in Python with other languages being great plus points.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of feature film compositing pipelines, ACES and OCIO.
  • Knowledge of compositing techniques and tools within Nuke such as Live-Groups and macros and how these can be augmented with supporting tool infrastructures.
  • Experience with render engine AOVs and passes within Nuke and Render Engines.
  • In-depth technical knowledge of Nuke as well as its scripting interfaces and/or API.
  • Experience dealing with Render Farms and their submission / Job Monitoring tools and APIs
  • Can work comfortably in IDEs such as- Visual Studio and  Visual Studio Code
  • Understanding of source control (Github).
  • Proactive approach to researching & adopting new tools and video review/proofing software tools.
  • Solution-driven
  • Strong problem-solving skills devising elegantly creative solutions or workarounds.
  • Ability to learn new tools quickly.
  • Extremely good organisation skills when juggling multiple projects and priorities belonging to different stakeholders.
  • Very clear, efficient, and effective communication skills.
  • Proactive and positive approach to resolving issues under pressure.
  • Excellent English writing skills for creating and reviewing easy to understand documentation.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience in agile software development methodologies, task management tools (Jira/Asana/Wrike) & asset tracking systems (Ftrack/Shotgun).
  • Experience with Redshift as a render engine.
  • Worked within animation, VFX or games industry previously
  • Background Knowledge of Front-End or upstream departments

About Us

Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated CG animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs along the way. 
 
The studio is going through an exciting period of growth and we are building a studio that is full of amazingly talented, happy artists, making work they are proud of, which in turn makes a small contribution to a happier world. Blue Zoo believes that a healthy balance in our lives - whatever our situation - is key to supporting the wellbeing of our staff. We offer flexible working to support this.
 
We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated by change. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other's differences and seek to understand fresh perspectives. 
 

What we’ve got for you (benefits):

  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019 and 2020!
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme
  • Many fun social events throughout the year - even though they have to be remote for the foreseeable!
  • Bi-monthly staff feedback and engagement programme
  • Friday "beer o'clock" and talks programme!
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including loads of discounts and offers
  • Online wellbeing programme
  • Profit participation (for staff who have been with us for 2+ years)

Blue Zoo is committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive studio that promotes and values diversity and invites everyone to ‘bring their whole selves’ to work. We believe that companies that truly embrace and value diversity, and create an environment where everyone from any background can do their best work, are better companies. 


To be engaged our people have to feel included and valued. We work hard to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is embedded in the way we work, not just an initiative. We strive to engender a studio community that feels a deep sense of pride and commitment that transcends any role, department or level and works together to produce excellent and engaging work.

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