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Retro Studios

Technical Animator - Rigging

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Retro Studios
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Austin, TX

Founded in 1998, Retro Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo Company, Ltd. Retro is a state-of-the-art game development studio, working in conjunction with Nintendo to bring award-winning games to Nintendo's cutting-edge next-generation platforms. Retro Studios is located in beautiful Austin, Texas. With rolling hills, scenic waterways, abundant wildlife, vibrant music and film scenes, and a laid-back cosmopolitan culture, Austin is a dynamic city with an excellent quality of life. Austin's sunny weather also supports a great range of outdoor activities, providing plenty of venues for top-notch game developers to recharge and unwind.


  • Creates powerful rigging solutions to enhance the efficiency and quality of animation pipeline
    • Provides rigging solutions that support achieving the visual targets for character and creature performances
      • Implements skinning and joint layout
      • Handles rig revisions, re-targeting and batching of animation
      • Supports character data setup
  • Collaborates effectively with character artists, animators and other teams
    • Understands animator workflow and provides technical support for the efficient production of high-quality animation
    • Understands topology and anatomy and can work with artists to get good deformations
  • Participates in determining technical & artistic approaches and in developing new or enhanced rigging processes

*This job description outlines primary duties and requirements and is not intended to identify all tasks that may be performed; individuals occupying the position may be required to perform other duties. The company may modify job duties from time to time, either in practice or in writing.


  • Proven technical skills in character rigging and animation tools for 3D production
    • Proficient Python knowledge
    • Proficient math skills
  • Understands Technical Animation as a service, enjoys collaboration and has strong communication skills
  • Proven proficiency with 2D/3D art and animation production software
    • Strong Maya knowledge
    • Minimum 2 years' experience in technical animation production role

We are an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans...valuing diversityโ€ฆcelebrating strengths.

** This is a CONTRACT position