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Look Development Technical Director - ILM London

  • Job
    Expert / Leadership (9+ years)
  • Design
  • London

AI generated summary

  • You must have experience in Look Development, Lighting, Rendering, real-world materials, asset optimization, shader models, and shading networks. Proficiency in Katana, knowledge of neighboring departments, and Renderman is essential. Strong aesthetic eye and teamwork skills are a must.
  • You design and create the look of CG objects and scenes, work with supervisors to solve challenges, optimize render farm usage, and maintain shading setups and materials.


  • Previous experience creating both hero assets & props in Look Development.
  • Demonstrable Lighting and Rendering experience within a VFX environment
  • Proven knowledge of real world materials
  • Proficiency with asset optimisation
  • Comprehensive knowledge of physically based rendering and shader models
  • Ability to work and communicate with texture and groom artists to get the best possible results
  • A strong grasp of geometry formatting, including but not limited to Primvars.
  • Ability to build and maintain complex shading networks with artist usability and user-interface support in mind
  • Knowledge of Katana is essential, Houdini and Maya beneficial
  • A good understanding of neighbouring departments. FX, Texture, Groom, and Lighting
  • Excellent knowledge of Renderman and other unbiased rendering systems
  • Excellent aesthetic eye, anticipates potential problems and uses existing software knowledge to achieve the desired look
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment
  • Ability to prioritise tasks, manage time well, provide everyone with accurate time estimates on shot task completion
  • A thorough understanding of the VFX pipeline from modelling through animation, texturing, rendering and compositing
  • Ability to pick up new techniques and the ability to learn new software quickly and easily


  • Design and create the look of computer generated objects and scenes
  • Work closely with Lighting Supervisors and CG Supervisors to determine the best approach to solving CG challenges when developing the final look
  • Create efficient shader setups in order to optimise render farm usage
  • Create & maintain simple materials using the provided shading templates
  • Create & maintain custom hero materials and shading networks when necessary


What are the main responsibilities of a Look Development Technical Director at ILM London?

The Look Development TD is responsible for producing high-quality lookdev and shading for our CG assets, needing only initial direction and guidance from their Lead or Supervisor.

What type of skills and qualities are required for this role?

To be successful in this role, candidates should have a creative mindset, a passion for filmmaking, strong technical skills in look development and shading, and the ability to collaborate effectively with team members.

What level of experience is necessary for this position?

While prior experience in a similar role is preferred, we also welcome candidates who possess the necessary skills and qualities, even if they may be newer to the field.

What sets ILM London apart as a great place to work for Look Development Technical Directors?

ILM London offers a creative and collaborative work environment, great opportunities to work on cutting-edge projects, and a team of talented individuals who are passionate about filmmaking.

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