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Christopher Heckey

Pipeline & VFX Technical Director

Work

May 2017Present

Lead FX TD

DreamWorks TV

Design and create tools for use in new and existing TV productions.
Set up FX rigs and Gizmos for use on new & existing productions
Define standards and techniques for new processes that will be used in production by DWATV and our Partner Studios.
Responsible for communicating production and or software concerns related to the FX department to the CG Supervisor, TV.
Initiate, set up, organize and document FX tools and processes.
Perform technical work in support of new and existing FX processes/tools being used in production at DWATV and Partner Studios
Work with FX TD’s and Leads from Partner Studios to troubleshoot issues related to DWATV FX tools that are being used in their production pipelines.
Responsible for software testing / vetting for planned upgrades.
Coordinate FX pipeline changes and script pushes with the VFX Supervisor
Review documentation created by FX Artists.
Help train the CG Artists & Leads at Partner Studios and new hires at DWATV.

Sept 2016May 2017

Pipeline Technical Director

Blur Studio

Assisting with pipeline development and support
Maintaining accurate documentation of tools
Integrating tools and applications into existing in-house frameworks

Solid knowledge of and experience with animation and visual effects pipelines
Experience developing tools for 3D applications such as 3ds Max and Maya
Extensive experience with Python
Ability to juggle multiple projects, and operate within strict deadlines

Jan 2015Aug 2016

Pipeline Technical Director

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

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 ability
Strong understanding of Maya, PyMEL, PySide, and the Maya API
Extending tools with C/C++
Integrating tools with Shotgun
Familiarity with Mari, Nuke and Houdini
Familiarity with Linux

May 2014Jan 2015

CG Generalist

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 rigs for props and sets 
Create scripts that support the asset assembly workflow
Knowledge of how a CG Asset is built
Ability to write scripts in Python or MEL

Jan 2013May 2014

CG Generalist

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

Sept 2012Dec 2012

CG Core Intern

Nickelodeon Animation Studios

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

Education

20072013

B.F.A Animation/Illustration

San Jose State University

Focus in CG