Role Summary: The Render Wrangler will be responsible for monitoring and optimizing all processes running on the render farm to ensure that established priorities are maintained and that deliverables meet production specifications and schedules. This role is responsible for monitoring the render farm’s functionality and efficiency, troubleshooting errors, assisting artists with submitting and managing their jobs, gathering metrics to support business decisions such as machine purchases or software procurement, and optimizing the way render manager and workers are configured. This candidate for this position should have production experience with the Deadline render queue manager, with python scripting for submission, automations, custom plugins, and reporting being very advantageous. Working knowledge of various DCC’s such as Nuke, Mistika, Cinema4D, Redshift, Mocha Pro, Davinci Resolve & Fusion, Maya, Adobe, and other common 2D and 3D applications is desired. Specific Functions/Activities Summary:
Prioritize the render queue and appropriately allocate resources to ensure that rendering schedules are met in consultation with Supervisors, Artists, and the Production Management team.
Monitor rendering quality and speeds by examining jobs for optimizations, make corrections when needed, and troubleshoot any potential problems; consult Supervisors and Leads concerning approaches, issues, and solutions.
Monitor render farm performance to ensure there are no technical or machine problems which might interfere with a successful output. Respond to errors by diagnosing, identifying, and resolving, escalating as necessary.
Actively engage in developing and refining the efficiencies of the rendering and data management pipelines through workflow structuring or scripting.
Communicate with Production Management, Supervisors, and Studio on hardware and software procurement needs and other related issues.
Actively monitor license usage to avoid render issues and to predict upcoming needs
Assure that renders do not encounter issues due to hardware or software incompatibilities
Work closely with the Studio Technology groups to identify hardware that requires updates or repairs
Understanding of high-end post production/VFX processes and pipeline.
Minimum of two years’ experience in post production with specific work experience in a render wrangler or TA capacity.
Basic level understanding of Deadline plus working knowledge of 3D and compositing software and tools such as Mistika, PTGUI, After Effects, and various 360º/180º plugins and tools.
Ability to multi-task, prioritize, act on feedback, and work under high pressure with tight deadlines while maintaining team cohesion.
The Company requires that all individuals, subject to certain limited exceptions, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Company will consider requests for reasonable accommodations regarding this requirement.
Education: Candidates who have completed 60 credits of college-level coursework (representing 2 years), or have shown similar self-development through certifications, trade school coursework, etc. are preferred. Educational requirements may differ from job to job based on the role. Company Overview: With MSG Sphere, we are creating an entirely new medium that will deliver immersive entertainment experiences at an unparalleled scale. Beyond a venue, Sphere is a multi-sensory platform with experiential technology programming directly to your senses. You will see in ways never imagined, hear with every fiber of your being, and experience like never before. To deliver on this promise, we are building the largest immersive venue in the world, MSG Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas, with a second Sphere venue planned for London, pending necessary approvals. To create immersive experiences, and content unique to Sphere, we are growing our full stack creative, experience, design, production and engineering team across our Burbank studio in Los Angeles and Ventures headquarters in New York. EEO Statement: At MSG we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! MSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health choices, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations.