Character Tech Artist / Rigger
Free Range Games grows games the old fashioned way: we don’t put our team in cages, we work distributedly, and we don’t use toxic work/life trade-offs. Some of our crafters have worked together from PS1 to PS5 and will tell you about carving games one triangle at a time from punch cards.
We are some of the folk behind Spider-man, Tony Hawk, Lord of the Rings, Twitch Sings, Oddworld, Shrek Super Slam, and dozens of mobile and web games. We believe every member of the team has a voice in what the game should be.
We prioritize community, family, and love-of-gaming over process, crunching, and TPS reports. And maybe that’s what you want too.
Free Range Games is looking for a Character TA / Rigger to join our growing character tech team working across a few next gen games. You will have exceptional technical skills in rigging, an artistic eye and a passion for video games.
Please include your portfolio/reel including a detailed breakdown of your work in each section.
- Design, create, test, and maintain character rigs/setups
- Work with modelers to create a model that meets technical needs
- Collaborate with animators to design motion controls
- Develop and maintain character motion and deformation systems
- Develop new techniques and processes to solve character production challenges
- Capable of writing pipeline tools to streamline the setup process
- Work with production management to prioritize tasks
- Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed
- 3+ years of production experience
- In-depth knowledge of Maya
- Bonus: Experience with Unreal’s/Unity's character and animation pipeline
- Strong understanding of both Figure and Facial Anatomy
- Complex character/vehicle rigging experience in Maya (in film, broadcast, or game environments)
- Programming experience with scripting languages such as Python and MEL
- Experience setting up production pipelines, while being able to follow guidelines
- The ability to take initiative and work independently
- Bonus: Experience with technical art and visual effects
- Bonus: Solid Linear Algebra
- Bonus:Experience writing Physics systems
- Bonus: Experience using Physics systems (NCloth, etc.)
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Location:Date posted: 1970-01-01