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Ubisoft

Senior Technical Artist - Rigging

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Ubisoft
🇺🇸 San Francisco, CA

Company Description

Ubisoft is composed of over 20,000 talented people located in 55+ development studios and offices across the globe. With more than 80% of our teams dedicated to creation, Ubisoft is the biggest in-house creative force in the industry.

Home to the North American Ubisoft headquarters since 1996, Ubisoft San Francisco opened its development studio in 2009 and since developed Rocksmith® and Rocksmith 2014, to teach millions of people how to play guitar and bass. With a song library of over 1,500 songs and 9 years of support the Rocksmith franchise helped millions of players around the world on their musical journey. In 2017, the studio released the critically acclaimed South Park™: The Fractured But Whole™, in collaboration with Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and South Park Digital Studios. The studio is currently working on two unannounced projects.

Ubisoft’s worldwide network of video game development studios and business offices work hand-in-hand each day to deliver rich and innovative gaming experiences that reflect the creativity and diversity of their teams. This cross-studio collaboration model means every team member has the opportunity to participate in challenging projects based on iconic brands including Assassin's Creed®, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege®, Tom Clancy's The Division®, For Honor®, Rabbids®, Rayman®, Watch Dogs®, Far Cry®, The Crew®, Just Dance® and more. Ubisoft is a global leader in the video games and entertainment software industry.

Ubisoft is committed to enriching player’s lives with original and memorable gaming experiences. We create worlds where people can express themselves, explore and discover new possibilities.

Are you looking to work with enthusiastic experts who are tackling game-changing challenges in entertainment and beyond? At Ubisoft, we offer an open environment where bright ideas are given a chance to shine and everyone is eager to share knowledge.

Take entertainment to the next level. Join us and create the unknown.

Job Description

As a Senior Technical Artist - Rigging, you will work in close collaboration with animators, modelers, and the artistic director in order to produce high-quality rigging and skinning for animation with an additional emphasis on facial rigging. Additionally, you may be called upon to review rigging and skinning for other Technical Artists.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Establish facial rigging pipeline and standards incorporating existing technology from other Ubisoft studios and projects as necessary
  • Provide feedback to other Technical Artists for rigging and skinning tasks
  • Recognize proper mesh topology as well as repair and/or give feedback to the Modeling Department or outsourcing
  • Based on the models provided by the Modeling Department, carry out the rigging and skinning of weapons or characters to meet the needs of project animators and of the technical and artistic directors
  • Propose and implement tools to produce the best possible results and incorporate them into the project’s game engine
  • Implement control rigs to foster and simplify the work of animators
  • Ensure the final result (rigging/skinning) meets the artistic standards of the project

Qualifications

WHAT YOU'LL BRING

  • Advanced experience in video game production or equivalent
  • Expert-level knowledge of Maya and/or Motionbuilder
  • Experience maintaining a facial rigging pipeline
  • Python scripting for Maya/Motionbuilder tools
  • Knowledge of the limitations of game engines and production needs

Nice to have:

  • Knowledge of Substance Painter and PBR workflows/constraints
  • Knowledge of 3DSMax

Additional Information

WHAT YOU'LL GET

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Employer HSA contribution to fully cover your deductible (with enrollment in a HSA eligible medical plan)
  • 401k match
  • Paid vacation, holiday and wellness time
  • Fitness, physical challenge, and eSports competition reimbursements
  • Ginger emotional support app for you and your adult dependents with up to 10 sessions per year of video-based therapy and psychiatry services
  • Membership to One Medical
  • Rocket Lawyer online legal service membership
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off to volunteer
  • Pawternity – paid time off to bond with a newly adopted pet
  • Sabbatical leave available after 5 years of employment
  • Access to all of the latest Ubisoft games for PC
  • Generous discount on new Ubisoft games

Ubisoft is committed to creating an inclusive work environment that reflects the diversity of our player community. We are an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability status.

Skills and competencies show up in different forms and can be based on different experiences, that's why we strongly encourage you to apply even though you may not have all the requirements listed above.

At Ubisoft, you can come as you are. We embrace diversity in all its forms. We’re committed to fostering a work environment that is inclusive and respectful of all differences.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

We do not accept any unsolicited resumes submitted by staffing or placement agencies or recruiters