We are currently looking for a character Technical Director to onboard and work with our character art team to develop characters for an animated short.
We are located in Princeton, NJ but this can be a remote position for the right candidate. We would like to interview the candidate in person or on Skype (video call) if the candidate is not local to Princeton, NJ.
The TD will work with the Character Artists to develop unique characters and facial rigging solutions. As part of this process the candidate is expected to write custom tools and scripts where needed to help the rigging process. It is important for the candidate to be able to build rigs that tailor to the specific needs and requirements of the animated short.
Technical Art Director will apply a strategic vision for content and tools, foster and grow the internal teams and provide leadership and guidance.
Job Responsibilities including but not limited to:
Supervise and direct skilled team of Character artists
Working with (Blendshape) artists and animators to create custom face rigs.
Guide and drive the teams approaches to content creation and tools
Oversee projects, collaborate with the directors and liaise with partners, help define and improve content creation processes within the projects.
Set a great example and help mentor junior developers, lead the team in planning and implementing solutions to support all aspects of film development.
Maintain a consistently high standard of support across all disciplines of the project, and work with other Technical Artists to improve our development practices.
Have a pragmatic and practical approach to working with technology, with experience of pushing the technical limits and ensure the Art team can work efficiently and comfortably.
Work closely with the Animation Director to understand requirements and functionality
Iterate on rigs, controls, and tools to meet the needs of the Animation department
Continually improve our techniques/tools, staying consistent with industry trends/best practices
Research, develop, and implement new techniques and tools that increase quality and efficiency
Establish and maintain budgets, performance targets, and optimization best practices
Collate, document and guide character designers on best practices and advanced technologies/processes.
Attend team meetings with status update/reports at intervals decided by the team.
Building and improving the facial rigging pipeline through scripting and tool creation.
Develop, build and maintain an efficient, scalable, and best-in-class character pipeline
Knowledge of facial anatomy
Expert-level skills/understanding of character rigs, skinning, etc.
Researching and implementing new methods and processes for face rig creation.
Experience with blendshapes and/or pose space deformers
Experience with FACS.
Expert knowledge of Maya, Python and MEL scripting
Skills in programming/scripting languages such as C++ or C#
Experience with scanning and re-meshing pipelines.
Essential Skills & Experience:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Enthusiasm for creating believable/realistic/convincing characters/movements
Strong proactive problem-solving attitude
Demonstrable knowledge of modern animation content creation workflows
Solid understanding of real-time physically-based materials & rendering (PBR)
Passion for animation development, self motivated and leadership skills to motivate and lead a team through the project.
Directorial position in at least 2 projects working as a lead in an animation project guiding through and trouble-shooting technical issues.
Strong digital art skills (modeling, texturing, lighting)
Positive attitude, strong work ethic, and the ability to work in a highly collaborative team
Experience working in smaller teams in an efficient manner with focus on timelines and quality of work. May require hands-on work to chip in to meet deadlines of the project.
Ability to anticipate, prioritize, and organize work to meet objectives
We would like to hire someone by ASAP. This position is contracted, approximately for 1 month.
To apply please email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience / Skills
Essential Skills & Experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Strong proactive problem-solving attitude
• Demonstrable knowledge of modern animation content creation workflows
• Extensive application scripting experience (e.g. Python, MAXScript, MEL Script)
• Solid understanding of real-time physically-based materials & rendering (PBR)
• Passion for animation development
• At least 2 projects working as a lead in an animation project guiding through and trouble-shooting technical issues.