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Location: Remote North America - open to most North America locations
Reporting To: Senior Technical Art Director
As a Technical Animator with Maxis, you will be collaborating with multiple disciplines. This includes but is not exclusive to, Animation Directors, Animation Leads, Technical Artists, and Engineers across the Division. The model applicant is passionate about finding efficiencies, exploring new technologies, implementing new tools, and identifying solutions for current and future game development for both existing and new IPs.
Collaborate Closely with the Animation Director, Art Director, Engineers, Character Leads and Animation Leads to deliver animation pipelines and runtime implementations with a forward-looking goal of delivering industry leading animation content.
Assist and guide in the creation of rigs, animation best practices, and requirement analysis for tools and runtime features needed to obtain the highest aesthetic quality value.
Aid in developing and maintaining a technical pipeline for the Animation and Tech teams.
Create prototypes and pursue research in varying engines for best fits on a variety of products while planning for future technologies in projects pertaining to Animation Tech.
Keep up with the latest trends and technical tools for animation content development.
Understanding of performance and optimization requirements and experience diagnosing and profiling content costs.
Train, inspire and develop technical animators and tech artists in their growth while providing constructive feedback.
Support Mo-cap during shoots, asset collection and retargeting.
Firefight production issues, investigating hot issues and resolving roadblocks.
Minimum of 7+ years of tech art/animation development experience in Maya and video games.
Must have served as a Tech Anim Senior, Tech Anim Lead or Tech Anim Director on a published or soon to be published video game project.
Experience driving technical roadmap to achieve the required aesthetic vision.
Ability to Communicate effectively across multiple disciplines, give clear direction and share your vision on tools and development of tech.
Ability to mentor and lead junior Tech Artists/Animators to achieve roadmap objectives.
Experience in Unreal Game Engine with focus on technical animation.
Proficiency in tech art/animation development in Maya for video games
In depth experience with creating and maintaining high end character rigs and animation tools for animators.
Experience building custom deformers and blend shape solutions
Proficiency in Python, particularly for scripting in Maya
Strong knowledge of the latest trends, technologies and tools for creating cutting edge animation visuals.
Experience with designing animation content that integrates well with dynamic systems like character and world physics
Knowledge of traditional, mocap and procedural animation workflows
Experience with animation retargeting solutions (offline and in-engine)
Experience with version control software (Perforce preferred).
Familiarity with Shotgun, Jira or other bug tracking and project management software
Must have excellent collaborative skills, coordinating and working with multiple departments to achieve set goals
Ability to create solid documentation and training material
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