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Sony Pictures Imageworks is expanding! We are experiencing rapid growth in our Vancouver office as we move into our brand new state of the art facility. At Imageworks we create groundbreaking visual effects and animation for motion pictures. We are looking for a dynamic and energetic Infrastructure Software Engineer to join the team at Imageworks Canada.

What You’ll be doing:

You’re the person who stays on top of the cutting edge developments in rendering and optimizations. Beyond that, you’re someone who knows it can be done better. At Imageworks, you’ll work as a part of a small team developing our in-house variation of the Arnold rendering system. You’ll aim to divine and implement next level strategies for creating stunningly lifelike and efficient rendering scenes.

Every film provides great challenge and opportunity for pushing boundaries of our rendering toolset. Your contributions will advance live action and feature animated projects to be seen the world over.

Working with other top-notch rendering engineers at Imageworks, you’ll each grow and stretch the state of the art in rendering. Films are always ramping up which provides you an ever changing problem set that will keep you alert to new solutions. Connecting with award winning CG and VFX supervisors, you can help set the stage for creating the next generation of physically correct rendering. You can also contribute to other disciplines within the software group, according to your strengths and interests.

Minimum Requirements:

Required Skills:
- Expertise in C/C++
- Proficient at integrating raytracers
- Ability to research, analyze and optimize code
- Penchant for solving real world rendering scenarios
- Good communication skills and an aptitude for working in small teams

Desired Skills
- Bachelor in Computer Science or equivalent
- Experience with UNIX / Linux
- Experience developing for games a plus

About the Team: Backend Dev
The Backend Development team works closely with artists in rendering, compositing, stereo, color science and fx. We support both off-the-shelf and proprietary tools, developing the workflows that help artists efficiently create amazing images for film.

Some of the types of tasks associated with our group include:
- Core technology growth in our Katana lighting tool, working closely with The Foundry’s Katana engineers.
- Ongoing contributions to open source projects like OpenColorIO, OpenImageIO, OSL, Alembic, and more.
- GPU implementations for visualization of assets.
- Support color integration for all shows and outside vendors as well.
- Creating cutting-edge, next generation rendering algorithms within our version of Arnold.
- Reducing the time to first pixel as well as finding efficiencies through more streamlined toolsets.
- Leveraging and honing OSL to produce easy-to-use, realistic shaders that just look good out of the box.
- Integrating Houdini and Maya tools to our fx pipeline. Visualizing fx elements within Katana and Arnold.
- Continuously improving toolsets, as needs arise, for show driven technology requirements.

Those with a penchant for assessing artist workflow limitations, and the aptitude to implement a cohesive solution, are encouraged to apply.

If interested please submit a cover letter and resume to: .


Qualified candidates should send their materials to:

Sony Pictures Imageworks
Attention: Human Resources
9050 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Fax: (310) 840-8888

You may also email your résumé to
For Production Services Technician positions:

All artist submissions MUST contain the following:
- Cover Letter which states the position you are applying for and your availability
- Resume
- Demo Reel and/or Portfolio (if applicable to the position)
- Demo Reel and/or Portfolio Breakdown which describes your specific contributions to the work

**Please be sure NOT to send original materials, as submissions will not be returned.**

Submission Tips & Guidelines

Reel Submissions
- Reels should be on DVD or VHS (NTSC) - Beta or PAL will not be accepted
- Do not send CD ROMS or refer us to a website - hardcopy submissions only
- Reels should be clearly labeled with your name and contact information
- The length of your reel should be limited to 5 minutes and consist of the work you're most proud of beginning with your most recent work
- Music should not contain vocals unless lip-syncing skills are illustrated
- Please include a credit list explaining what you did on your reel and what software (if applicable) was used to achieve the effects
- Demo reels should be well edited and concise (less than 5 minutes).
- ANIMATORS NOTE: Please include all traditional work (life drawings, pencil tests, etc.) either on your reel or with your portfolio

Portfolio Submissions
Please be sure your portfolio is clearly labeled with your name, address and telephone number on both the inside and outside.

All portfolios should contain the following:
- Samples of your recent work
- Life Drawings
- Rough Sketches of animals and humans in movement
- Samples of your color and design sense
- We prefer artists to limit their portfolios to 20 pieces representing their strongest current work.
- Do not send original copies of your work as it will not be returned

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