Technical Artist: Animation (All Levels)
4 days ago
At Rockstar Games, we create world-class entertainment experiences.
A career at Rockstar Games is about being part of a team working on some of the most creatively rewarding and ambitious projects to be found in any entertainment medium. You would be welcomed to a dedicated and inclusive environment where you can learn, and collaborate with some of the most talented people in the industry.
Rockstar Leeds is on the lookout for talented Technical Artist: Animation who possess a passion for Technical Art to help develop and support our titles. This is a full-time permanent position based out of Rockstar’s unique game development studio in the heart of Leeds.
WHAT WE DO
- Bring innovation and resolution to technical problems and challenges throughout Animation - from content creation through to the game (across multiple platforms).
- Create and maintain tools and pipelines that improve our Animation workflows.
- Provide general support for an ever-growing Animation team and document/share solutions/knowledge with wider team.
- Proactively use knowledge and experience to identify and solve problems before they affect the Animation team and our projects.
- Work closely with fellow Technical Artists as part of a global team working on interconnected tools and systems.
- Collaborate and communicate with other departments (aside from the Animation department) such as Tools (Automation) and Runtime teams.
- This is a Technical Artist role with an Animation specialism. The candidate could potentially be involved in a wide variety of technical tasks related to Animation.
- Note: This is not a regular Animator position so the candidate won't be doing any Animating.
- Create tools within Motionbuilder/Maya (in Python/QT) to support and push forward workflows across the various disciplines of Animation.
- Write standalone tools/systems (in Python and/or C#) and integrate them with our Animation pipeline.
- Work with Runtime and Animation teams to push engine features forward to keep our Animation systems at the very cutting edge.
- Assist the Rigging team in creation of highly advanced facial/character/weapon/vehicle rigs and related tooling.
- Help develop and build on our Facial Animation and recognition pipeline.
- Write C++ plugins to customise and extend DCC packages as required for our bespoke needs.
- Write new Automation tasks to support our ever expanding and varied Animation requirements across multiple projects.
- Create tools/scripts to support Animation production/tracking (integrating with inhouse systems and 3rd party solutions such a Shotgun).
- Staying current with latest technologies/research ongoing in the field to help keep our Art tools and pipelines at the cutting edge.
- A relevant degree or professional experience in the game industry as a Technical Artist: Animation or similar/related position.
- In the absence of the above; videos or an online portfolio with relevant examples of your work will be required so we can assess your skill set.
- Strong coding/scripting skills with OOP knowledge.
- Ability to write tools within DCC packages or standalone.
- Strong problem-solving skills and ability to think outside the box.
- Comfortable coding in an IDE and debugging.
- Understanding of using DCC packages for authoring Animation for games.
- Strong communication, self-management, and organizational skills.
- Effective time management skills to meet deadlines and milestones.
Please note that these are desirable skills and are not required to apply for the position.
- Professional experience developing pipelines and/or tools in Games/Films/VFX is highly advantageous.
- Experience creating Animation scripts/tools for Motionbuilder, Maya, Houdini is highly advantageous.
- Experience with Python (standalone or within the context of a relevant DCC) is highly advantageous.
- Experience with QT (PySide/PyQt or C++) and Model/View pattern is highly advantageous.
- Experience programming C++ plugins for Motionbuilder, Maya, Houdini or similar DCCs for Animation.
- Experience using other game engines (e.g. Unreal/Unity or proprietary tech) with relation to Animation.
- Solid foundation in math (specifically 3D math).
- Experience with facial animation, facial motion capture, and/or facial tracking.
- Knowledge of character rigging and standards.
- Professional experience as an Animator in games or VFX (although this is not an Animator role).
- Experience using source control software (i.e. Perforce, Git) and working on a code base collaboratively.
- Experience with C# and .NET Core/Framework.
- Experience working with WPF, XAML, and the MVVM pattern.
- Experience of using Shotgun.
- Professional experience working and developing in a multi-platform, multi-project environment.
- Professional experience working in a large team spread across multiple locations and timezones.
HOW TO APPLY
Please apply with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the skills above. If we would like to move forward with your application, a Rockstar recruiter will reach out to you to explain next steps and guide you through the process.
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