As Senior Rigging Artist, you will collaborate with our Art, Design, and Animation teams to help meet our aesthetic and in-game requirements while working within technological specifications. You will assume responsibility for the skinning and rigging of our characters, as well as developing tools and working within the game engine to create performant, real-time rigs.
Work with Technical Director, Lead Animator and Character Artists to create performant and fully featured rigs for all manner of games.
Develop the rigging workflow, pipeline and design the documentation for your team.
Develop and improve the tools, procedures for the streamlining of an efficient animation pipeline.
Provide knowledge and solutions for complex rigging and animation problems.
Hands-on approach in rigging of a variety of characters and props.
Suggest/propose creative ideas and solutions to animation.
Responsible for the rigging and skinning of a wide variety of characters using existing tools, and drive the development of new tools to aid and improve runtime deformations.
Develop rigs that push the quality of faces, clothing and hair to new heights.
Define workflows and pipelines in consultation with your colleagues, and develop and improve in-house tools as needed while remaining aware of the impact of your decisions on other disciplines.
Research and develop new techniques, approaches and solutions as required.
Work closely with the Animation, Modeling and Outsourcing teams to turn their art assets into runtime assets
Degree in animation, game development or equivalent.
5+ years relevant experience.
Working knowledge of Unreal Engine 4/5, Maya and other rigging software.
Extensive scripting experience with Python and/or Mel.
Experience working as or with animators to ensure the best possible rigs.
Familiarity working with motion capture and retargeting.
A firm grasp of anatomy and facial rigging.
Excellent Maya skills
Skills & Behavioural Competencies
Initiative and autonomy: You take responsibility for your work and are able to work autonomously. You show initiative and determine when issues should be escalated.
Clear, consistent and proactive communicator: You think about what information people need and convey that information in a transparent, clear and timely manner. You check to see if people have understood or need additional information. You identify when you need more information to do your job and ask for it.
Problem solving: Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise sound judgement and make decisions based on accurate and timely information.
Openness to change: You want to learn what works, share ideas, and are willing to try new things out. You are adaptable and prepared to shift direction after discussion about benefits and risks.
Teamwork: You are willing to assist and support others as required and get on with team members.
Planning, organisation, and attention to detail: You develop and use systems to organise and keep track of information or work progress. You review and check the accuracy of information. You show an ability to work on and prioritise multiple initiatives at the same time.
Practical: You have the ability to apply knowledge in a practical, business appropriate manner.
All applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.
Grow along with our friendly, culturally diverse team. Learn from and work alongside international talent from our partner studios.
A great place to work
We love our Wellington studio community! We host regular activities and social events including paid volunteer days. Enjoy our well-stocked work kitchen, social spaces and dedicated gaming areas
Looking after your wellbeing
We offer flexible work options - most of us work from home 1 day a week. Different activity spaces and quiet zones in the studio let you focus or connect as needed. We offer free counselling sessions, wellness activities and mental health resources.
Senior Rigging Artist
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