Stefan Habel

Visual Effects Software Developer
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Résumé — Stefan Habel

Visual Effects Software Developer

Last updated: 4 May 2022

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Seasoned software developer with over 12.5 years of professional experience contributing to the global visual effects & animation industry, focusing on user interfaces.

Keywords: Python, C++, Qt, UI/UX, Git, Katana, Slack, Scrum, Kanban, Sphinx, Doxygen, CI/CD, Jenkins, Targetprocess, Jira, Trello, Linux, Houdini, Maya, SIP, pybind11, Gimp, Icons, SVG, Emoji, Naming Things

Extensive experience of commercial software product development for leading VFX & animation studios, covering the full software development life cycle, from ideation to deployment and maintenance.

Engineering experience of working with a large, organically-grown Python/C++ codebase with a large API surface.

Product experience of customer relationship management across various timezones, including on-site visits, as well as representation at trade shows and industry events.

Leadership experience of managing a distributed team of software engineers.

Work Experience

Employer Roles Projects
Since April 2022
🇨🇦
Industrial Light & Magic
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Senior Production Engineer
  • Artist-facing Hand-off UI
10 yrs January 2012 –
January 2022
🇬🇧
Foundry
London, England
  • Application Architect
  • Technical Product Manager
  • Lead Engineer
  • Product Designer
  • Software Engineer
  • Katana / Look Development & Lighting
2.5 yrs July 2009 –
December 2011
🇬🇧
Framestore
London, England
  • R&D TD
  • Effects TD
4 mos March 2009 –
June 2009
🇩🇪
Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction Ludwigsburg, Germany
Freelance R&D Engineer
2 mos August 2008 –
September 2008
🇩🇪
Black Mountain VFX Studios
Stuttgart, Germany
Freelance Houdini FX TD
1 yr
4 mos
February 2007 –
May 2008
🇩🇪
Thomas Hummel
Ludwigsburg, Germany
Freelance Web Developer
1.5 yrs April 2005 –
September 2006
🇩🇪
Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction Ludwigsburg, Germany
R&D Intern

Education

Educational Institution Degree Field of Study
2.5 yrs October 2006 –
March 2009
🇩🇪
Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction Ludwigsburg, Germany
Postgraduate Diploma Technical Directing
4.5 yrs October 2001 –
March 2006
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Fachhochschule Wedel
University of Applied Sciences Wedel, Germany
Diplom (FH) Media Computer Science

Certificates

Product Focus Certified Product Manager
March 2017
Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO, Inactive)
January 2018

Specialties

My favorite is But I'm also familiar with
DCC tool Katana Houdini, Maya
Scripting language Python MEL, PHP, JavaScript, Unix Shell, NSIS, VBA
Programming language C++ C#, Java, Pascal