Senior Technical Animator, Lumberyard
- Seattle, WA
Each day our customers push the boundaries for what is possible with AWS. Amazon Lumberyard is a free AAA 3D engine deeply integrated with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Twitch with full source. We are an AWS team obsessed with helping developers create the highest quality games, simulations, and VR/AR experiences, engage massive communities of fans, and connect their content to the vast compute and storage of the cloud. Customers love Lumberyard's powerful renderer, its Script Canvas visual scripting engine, cross-platform architecture, animation editor, AWS & Twitch integration and so much more. If you're excited about the opportunity to help customers develop projects with Lumberyard and the entire sandbox of Amazon's services, including AWS and Twitch, we want to talk to you.
Amazon Lumberyard is looking for a Senior Technical Animator. The ideal candidate is comfortable troubleshooting, inventing, and documenting workflows for artists creating character and animation assets for game development, simulations, or other 3D related experiences. You will need to troubleshoot and invent within the 3D engine, and apply scripting skills to automate workflows in digital content creation applications such as Blender, Maya, or 3DS Max. You will collaborate with artists, project managers, and animation and graphic leads to solve technological challenges. Peers and content creation teams will look to you for direction and input. Your key responsibilities include:
• Working with customer teams to gather product requirements for 3D technical animation and content creation.
• Defining process and conventions for 3D content management to meet written and technical requirements.
• Designing and developing optimal workflows, specialized tools, and pipelines to empower content creators to build characters and animations with fast iteration cycles and reduced production timelines.
• Working with engineers to design, develop, and manage full scale production pipelines for real-time 3D graphics projects.
• Troubleshooting, debugging and memory management of content from end-user tools to optimal scene performance in the 3D engine.
• Evangelizing best practices to guide users on how to take full advantage of the 3D engine.
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• Portfolio that demonstrates technical animator experience in some of the following areas: rigging, animation, tools and pipeline building, content management and optimization, or animation setups in a game engine such as state machines, blendspaces, and physics simulations.
• 4+ years of experience in games or real-time 3D applications.
• Experienced user of multiple 3D digital content creation tools such as Maya, 3DS Max, and Substance Tools.
• Experience in content creation pipelines end-to-end.
• Experience collaborating closely with technical teams.
• Experience with tool development in Python and 'Qt for Python'
• Experience with API development
• Able to troubleshoot and fix complex workflow issues in cloud-based production pipeline, artist software, version control systems, and engines
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