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You will be reporting to the Senior Technical Art Director.
Location: Remote North America - open to most North America locations
As a Technical Animator at Maxis, you will collaborate with Animation Directors, Animation Leads, Technical Artists, and Engineers across the studio and EA, to push the boundaries of animation technology. The model applicant is passionate about exploring new technologies, identifying efficiencies, and implementing new solutions for existing and new IPs.
Collaborate closely with the Animation Director, Art Director, Engineers, Character Leads and Animation Leads to deliver content pipelines and runtime implementations with a forward-looking goal of delivering industry-leading animation.
Develop and maintain character offline and runtime rig, deformation, & physics workflows and systems, and guide related content pipelines to achieve highest aesthetic standards.
Help developing and maintain a technical animation pipeline from Maya to Unreal.
Create prototypes and pursue research in the field of animation, geared towards applying latest technologies to aesthetic and performance goals for the product.
Collaborate with animation technical direction to define animation performance and optimization requirements, diagnose, profile, and manage content costs with the content team.
Firefight production issues, investigating urgent issues and resolving roadblocks.
Keep up with the latest trends and technical tools for animation content development.
Collaborates with teams across the studio and EA to improve rigging and deformation processes.
5+ years experience in Unreal Editor with a focus on runtime animation, including Animation Blueprints, Assets, and Editors, etc.
Expert proficiency in developing and maintaining Maya riggs & animation workflows for games.
Experience of animation systems and developing content for runtime animation.
Expert understanding of animation blending techniques and selection structures.
Expert understanding of procedural animation techniques.
3+ years of experience designing and owning large animation systems such as locomotion, combat, crowds, etc.
Experience with designing animation content that integrates with dynamic systems (character and world physics).
Experience architecting facial animation rigging and pipelines.
Experience with human and creature anatomy, proportion, silhouette, and topology.
Experience building custom deformers and blend shape solutions.
Knowledge of traditional, mocap and procedural animation workflows.
Proficiency in Python, Mel, and developing artists production tools.
Ability to create solid documentation and training material.
Knowledge of version control software (Perforce preferred).
Familiarity with ShotGrid(Shotgun), Jira or other bug tracking and project management software.
Ability to collaborate and across multiple disciplines to achieve team technical objectives.
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US COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The base salary ranges listed below are for the defined geographic market pay zones in these states. If you reside outside of these locations, a recruiter will advise on the base salary range and benefits for your specific location.
EA has listed the base salary ranges it in good faith expects to pay applicants for this role in the locations listed, as of the time of this posting. Salary offered will be determined based on numerous relevant business and candidate factors including, for example, education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, and business or organizational needs.
BASE SALARY RANGES
California (depending on location e.g. Los Angeles vs. Sacramento): $113,300 - $171,700
New York (depending on location e.g. Manhattan vs. Buffalo): $111,500 - $171,700
Jersey City, NJ: $126,700 - $171,700
Colorado (depending on location e.g. Denver vs. Colorado Springs): $111,500 - $144,000
Washington (depending on location e.g. Seattle vs. Spokane): $111,500 - $157,300
Base salary is just one part of the overall compensation at EA. We also offer a package of benefits including paid time off (3 weeks per year to start), 80 hours per year of sick time, 16 paid company holidays per year, 10 weeks paid time off to bond with baby, medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and 401(k) to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity.
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