Senior Shader Writer
Toonbox Entertainment Ltd. - Toronto, ON

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Shader Writer collaborates with Art Director, Lighting TD’s, and pipeline TD’s to drive the look development and work flow procedures of CG assets and write/create shader based solutions for production needs. In current phase of production this is a more technical role where you will support current shader updates and problem solving 3delight and rib issues, and will require a deep understanding of 3d rendering pipeline and shader writing.

Primary Responsibilities:

- Works with Lighting crew to support any issues they have with shaders or rendering.
- Ability to support and troubleshoot a rib based pipeline as well as modify and update our rib exporter.
- Works with Digital supervisors and R&D to ensure shaders are optimized, production ready and fit the studio standards and conventions.
- Helps establish studio shader writing conventions and texturing and shading workflow.
- Provides aesthetic and technical guidance for all areas of production pipeline.
- Contributes to cross department workflow for assets to keep their visual integrity and optimal rendering performance.


- High level mathematical skills are required with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience preferred.
- 3 years of experience as a shader writer with a portfolio that shows ability to create photoreal surfaces for feature film work.
- Strong aesthetic sense and ability to propose solutions without requiring lower level guidance.
- Ability to balance technical and aesthetic concerns in creating art directable, photoreal shaders.
- Strong working knowledge of a production-level pipeline a necessity, experience as a lighting technical director preferred
- Proven knowledge and experience with writing DSOs and programming shaders using RSL and/or C++ on Unix and Windows based operating systems.
- Experience in writing and modifying rib exporters.
- Proven knowledge of Maya and Houdini and Renderman compliant renders.
- Must work well in a team environment, have strong organizational and communication skills.
- Experience with hardware shading languages would also be an asset.

About this company
ToonBox Entertainment brings to life original content for film, television and interactive media with concepts derived from captivating...