Technical Artist, Character Rigging

Powerful. Fast. Reliable. The best rigs are created by rigging artists that understand the needs of a production and are constantly optimizing their work. Is there a way to squeeze out a few FPS from a rig’s playback? What about tools that make laborious animation tasks simpler?

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a technical / rigging artist interested in collaborating with world-class artists and engineers to make something truly epic. A passion for all of Blizzard’s worlds as well as a love of animation and an interest in pushing mobile gaming to its limits are of utmost importance.
The ideal candidate for this position is passionately motivated to create and maintain high-quality character and prop rigs. We’re looking for someone who loves the art of animation and who has the technical skills to support the creation of responsive rigs while solving problems and collaborating with other departments shared technology.

Requirements

  • A minimum of three years’ experience creating character rigs in Maya
  • Prior experience shipping at least one AAA or mobile game title
  • Strong knowledge of character kinematics, deformations, and edge loop topology
  • Highly proficient in character skinning, tool creation and technical workflows.
Pluses
  • Thorough knowledge of layout, modeling, rigging, physics simulations, and animation tools, as well as contemporary workflows used within the industry
  • Strong communication skills and experience supporting multiple animators
  • Knowledge on subjects such as Maya tool development and pipeline design
  • Experience in Python or other programming languages
  • Fiery passion for Blizzard’s games and characters
  • Solid track record of developing useful and well-designed animation tools
  • Unity experience.
Submission / Portfolio
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Demo Reel and Shot Breakdown showing rigging/simulation and technical proficiency
  • Only online submissions will be accepted


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