FortuneFish | Technical Animator

Technical Animator

Nottingham, UK


Fortune Fish

Essential skills

  • Degree in Computer Science, Art, Animation, Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Experience that would equal that level of professionalism, problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Fantastic comprehension of anatomy and articulation (human and creature mechanics).
  • Strong knowledge of Maya’s rigging toolset, including: skeleton placement, skinning techniques, IK/FK setup, corrective blendShape workflow, expressions, utility nodes, and Maya deformers.
  • Broad knowledge of rigging bipedal and quadrupedal creatures.
  • Experience in setting up automated secondary animations such as hairs, clothes and muscular deformation (xGen, BiFrost, nCloth etc).
  • Solid mathematical skill level, including but not limited to matrix manipulation, vector math, curve math, linear algebra and a mathematical understanding of constraints.
  • Some experience in MEL and Python.
  • Thorough understanding of traditional art skills (Form, architecture, topology, colour theory, and UV mapping).
  • Some experience in rendering with a desire to learn more.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • A passion for games and gaming!

Roles responsibilities

  • Generate a variety of realistic creature, hero, vehicle and prop rigs.
  • Define the specification of control structures and rig functionality.
  • Develop and maintain realistic facial rigs.
  • Apply and optimise clothing and hair simulations and other areas requiring technical animation.
  • Responsible for developing scripts in support of the art pipeline.
  • Write utility scripts to help other riggers, animators and pipeline developers.
  • Work with the Animation Department to ensure the successful handoff and execution of character rigs, including in-scene troubleshooting and rig optimization.

Major pluses

  • C++ / C# experience a plus.
  • Model and texture knowledge and experience.

Join the team

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