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17 Feb 2021

Full-Time Mid – Senior Technical Animator/Character TD

Heart Machine – Posted by admin Los Angeles, California, United States

Job Description

Heart Machine is looking for an experienced Technical Animator/Character TD to help lead character rigging, pipeline and tool development on an unannounced title. This role requires strong Maya rigging/setup skills as well as understanding of anatomy and realistic deformation to create compelling stylized characters.

Your Responsibilities

  • Set up and maintain character (humans, animals, creatures) rigs and systems

  • Work with the art team to develop models that meet technical requirements

  • Work with animation group to create artist-friendly rigs that satisfy animation/gameplay needs

  • Design and set up character dynamics (i.e. cloth, hair)

  • Develop new techniques and processes to further push visual aesthetic goals

  • Collaborate with the art team and technical art staff in tools and systems research

  • Create tools to streamline workflow/pipeline

  • Work with team directors and production to identify/prioritize tasks

  • Provide and maintain technical documentation

Your Qualifications + Skills

  • Minimum 5 years of production experience in games or film/vfx

  • Experience designing character pipelines with Maya and Unreal

  • Strong Python and Maya scripting proficiency

  • Experience creating/modifying auto-rigging and skinning tools

  • In-depth knowledge of character rigging techniques and principles

  • Ability to create appealing skin deformations

  • Experience creating modular and flexible systems for a large number of varied character types

  • Experience creating efficient tools that can adapt with project needs

  • Strong troubleshooting skills and the ability to find pragmatic solutions

  • Proven ability to be self-sufficient and take initiative to seek answers and address issues

Heart Machine Offers

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage

  • Paid vacation, holiday and sick time

  • Paid parental leave

  • Flexibility in work location(s)

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    Job Categories: 3D Animation. Job Types: Full-Time.

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