Senior Rigging and Simulation Artist, Cinematics
Cinematics Irvine, California
Blizzard Entertainment’s Animation team is looking for a motivated and experienced senior character technical artist to join its award winning cinematics department. Are you a highly motivated artist who has built complex rigs and is capable of maintaining a high level of visual and technical quality for all characters?  You must have a strong understanding of anatomy, muscles, cloth/hair behavior, and be comfortable in a scripted environment. Experience with simulation rigs and directable shot sims for hair and cloth are a bonus. You artist must be attuned to the needs of a production pipeline and those of the animators we support. Our team works in an intensely art-driven environment, so you must be able to work collaboratively with other departments including modeling, animation, FX, and lighting. Requirements:
  • 5+ years’ experience rigging characters in Maya, or similar software
  • Previous experience working in feature film or tv animation pipeline
  • Ability to manage, share knowledge and experience, and mentor others
  • Strong knowledge of character kinematics, deformations, and topology
  • Knowledge of cutting-edge character pipeline and workflow techniques
  • Extensive experience in Python, MEL, C/C++, or other programming languages
  • High proficiency in technical problem solving
  • History of generating cloth/hair rigs and creating art directed shot simulations
  • Thorough knowledge of layout, modeling, rigging, simulations, and animation tools and workflows currently used in the industry
  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge on subjects such as Maya tool development and pipeline design
  • Knowledge of Houdini
  • Ability to generate tools to facilitate the rigging and simulation pipeline
  • Passion for Blizzard Games and Cinematics
 Required Application Materials 
  • Resume (PDF Preferred)
  • Demo Reel and Shot Breakdown showing rigging/simulation and technical proficiency
 Job Status: Fulltime Primary Location: United States-CA-Irvine Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees along with the business. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work / life balance. We’ve worked hard to foster an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunity for professional growth. Our people are everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Join us! We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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