Rigging Artist, In-Game Cinematics - Temp
Cinematics Irvine, California

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a motivated Rigging Artist - Temp who will partner closely with the Technical Artists on our In-Game Cinematics team. The ideal candidate would be a highly motivated artist who has built complex character rigs and is capable of maintaining a high level of visual and technical quality for all characters.  He/she must have a strong understanding of anatomy, muscles, cloth/hair behavior and be comfortable in a scripted environment. This artist must be attuned to the needs of an in-game production pipeline and those of the animators we support.

Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain high quality rigs
  • Collaborate with modelers for the creation of models that meet technical needs
  • Work closely with animators to determine rig needs and requirements
  • Work with Leads and Production staff to prioritize tasks
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed

Requirements:

  • 2+ years professional experience
  • In-depth knowledge of Maya
  • Knowledge of deformations and topology for both Body and Face
  • Knowledge of character pipeline and workflow techniques
  • Experience with Python and MEL
  • Proficiency in technical problem solving
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Strong communication skills
  • Demo reel online (preferred) showing rigging and technical proficiency

Pluses:    

  • Experience building high quality rigs for game productions
  • Ability to work in different visual styles
  • Experience working with a big team of animators
  • Understanding of Games development process
  • Ability to generate tools to facilitate the rigging pipeline
  • Passion for Blizzard Games and Cinematics

Required Application Materials

  • Resume (PDF Preferred)
  • Link to a portfolio. Provide a demo reel and demo reel description of your work per shot

Job Status: Temporary

Primary Location: United States-CA-Irvine

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