Technical Animator -Rigger (Hybrid)

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Posted 19 December 2022
Salary Negotiable
Job type Permanent
Contact NameJordan Langley

Job description

Deep Silver Dambuster Studios have an exciting opportunity within their highly talented Animation department for an experienced Technical Animator – Rigger to work on the highly anticipated, next instalment of the AAA Dead Island franchise.

If you’re an experienced character rigger with expertise using Maya in the games or film industry, then we have your next challenge waiting!

Your responsibilities…
  • Creating high quality animation rigs and character skinning for body and facial
  • Designing, developing, and implementing animation tools and pipelines that facilitate animators work in Maya character animation systems, including facial setups and performance capture workflows
  • Coordinating with the Animation Director and Lead Animator and ensuring tools and pipelines are ready for production
  • Reporting risks in a timely manner and proactively fixing issues as they come along

The skills and experience you’ll bring to the role…
  • Experienced in developing pipelines and toolsets in Python/Mel for Maya
  • Solid understanding of character deformation techniques and dynamics
  • Solid understanding of facial rigging methodologies
  • Effective communication skills and a great team-player attitude
  • Comfortable collaborating across disciplines on technical requirements for the animation pipelines

Desirable extras…
  • Maya API and C++ knowledge
  • Experience in PySide / PyQT
  • Working knowledge of Unreal Engine 4/5 and the according animation system and toolset
  • Production experience developing a AAA quality game
  • Understanding of facial animation methodologies
  • Experience using Motion Capture technology, retargeting, and processing data
  • Experience using Facial Capture technology and Facial Analysis software

Perks and benefits include…
  • Relocation assistance
  • Funded learning and development opportunities
  • Flexible working
  • Gym membership and cycle to work scheme
  • Free financial advice and an employee referral bonus scheme
  • Support and encouragement to participate in outreach opportunities
  • Quarterly company funded team building events and social activities
  • Peer nominated SuperStar of the month award

Deep Silver Dambuster have fostered a creative and collaborative work environment with genuine opportunities to progress within the studio, within which their experienced, passionate, and diverse team develop AAA titles using cutting edge tech all from a vibrant, modern, and well-serviced city-centre studio!