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Christopher Heckey

Pipeline Technical Director

Work History


Pipeline Technical Director

DreamWorks TV - King Julien, Puss in Boots, DinoTrux, Voltron, Spirit

Streamlining and automating asset creation
Supporting the CG art team with Maya plugins and tools
Creation of web services to assist pipeline automation
Collaborating with other technical leads to find workflow solutions
Educating artists as workflow procedures evolve through documentation and presentations

Strong Python programming, including metaprogramming, multi-threading, and inter-process communication
Strong understanding of Maya, PyMEL, and the Maya API
Strong understanding of  PySide and building MVC structured applications
Comfortable with Git and GitLab
Extending tools with C/C++ when necessary
Integrating tools with asset tracking software, primarily Shotgun and Flix
Familiarity with Mari, Nuke and Houdini
Familiarity with the Linux command line


Asset Finaler

DreamWorks TV - King Julien, Puss in Boots, DinoTrux, Voltron, Spirit

Assure the quality of CG Assets as they move into Lighting
Assemble finished rig and texture files into a single" Final" file
Create simple rig controls when necessary
Create scripts that support the asset assembly workflow
Create new assets from old ones when necessary

Knowledge of how a CG Asset is built
Understanding of Maya
Ability to write scripts in Python or MEL


Asset Finaler

Nickelodeon Animation Studios -  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Assure the quality of CG assets within the Nickelodeon pipeline
Create low resolution and proxy geometry from high resolution assets


CG Core Intern

Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Assistance with Production Tasks
Assistance with CG Asset creation, when necessary



B.F.A Animation/Illustration

San Jose State University

Focus in 3D Modeling