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HB Studios Multimedia

Technical Animator

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HB Studios Multimedia
🇨🇦 Lunenberg, NS

HB Studios is a driving force in the creation of sports video games and the studio behind PGA TOUR 2K Golf – presently working on PS4, XBoxOne, and PC. We have an opportunity for a Technical Animator to join our team of developers, creators, and fans, who are passionate about the art and process involved in video game development.

As a Technical Animator, you will be a main point of contact for our animation tool and technologies while working closely with Software Engineers, Artists and Animators to deliver outstanding visual results, meeting the quality and schedule expectations of the Production Team.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Set standards for our pipelines to improve productivity and produce high quality results
  • Work with Animation and Tech Leads to design and implement animation rigs, production, pipelines, and workflows
  • Work with Animators to create, iterate, and maintain character body and face rigs
  • Collaborate with Animators to maintain and improve tools and scripts based on visual targets and animator quality of life
  • Train and mentor Entry-level Animators on best practices as well company tools, techniques, and pipelines
  • Keep up to date with industry developments and explore new tools and techniques

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a Technical Animator
  • Art production experience leading to at least one shipped title on PS3, Xbox 360 and Unity
  • Well-rounded background in animation development including characters, motion capture, environments, and cameras
  • Character skinning, animation, and rigging skills (Maya, 3D Studio Max, MotionBuilder)
  • Scripting experience (Python, LUA, C/C#, etc.)
  • Deep knowledge of animation theory
  • Technical writing and art skills
  • Experience in multi-platform development
  • Ability to take direction and meet deadlines
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated, creative, outside-the-box thinker

Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Passion for sports and sport gaming is a bonus
  • Experience working on both console and mobile development
  • Specific scripting experience in Autodesk MotionBuilder
  • 2D or 3D Animation Experience
  • Experience with Unity/Mecanim
  • Agile/SCRUM methodology
  • Experience with Unity (or other game engines)