Rockstar Games is looking for a passionate Technical Animator specializing in Motionbuilder (experience in Maya would be considered) to help develop future titles. The role will involve creating and supporting tools used on a daily basis by the animation team - ensuring animators can operate efficiently when creating and refining cutscenes/in-game animations.
Candidates will need to be able to work in a larger global team of TA/TDs. They will also be expected to provide input and direction for the future development of our animation workflows/tools to keep Rockstar at the cutting edge. The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years' games industry experience in a similar role and must have used Motionbuilder/Maya in that role - possessing a strong working knowledge of Python.
* Interact closely with animators and other TA/TDs to maintain and improve our proprietary animation tools. * Create and support tools that improve our animation creation/editing workflows. * Collaborate effectively with other team disciplines, predominantly animation and animation code. * Bring innovation and resolution to technical problems and challenges throughout production - from content creation through to the game. * Demonstrate creativity and technical ability within the constraints of console development. * Assist character artists with skinning and rigging of characters, including setups for facial animation.
* 2+ years of applicable professional experience as a TA/TD/tools programmer. * Games industry experience is preferred, having shipped title(s) on any of the major console platforms. * Python programming is a prerequisite for the role. * Experience using Motionbuilder and/or Maya as a TA/TD. * Knowledge of facial rigging is a definite plus. * Relevant experience using 3d Studio Max in a technical art role is desirable. * Designed and implemented efficient character/weapon/vehicle rigs. * Character skinning and physics simulation setup. * Experience in other scripting and programming languages (Maxscript, C# / C++, etc.) is a big plus.
* Strong communication and organizational skills. * Effective time management skills to meet deadlines without sacrificing quality. * Mentorship of animators to help improve their Motionbuilder skills.
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