Senior Technical Artist, In-Game Cinematics
Cinematics Irvine

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a motivated and experienced Technical Artist with strong rigging background to join its In-Game Cinematics department. You are a highly motivated artist with experience building complex tools in Python, and you have a strong understanding of Python and object oriented programming. You are attuned to the needs of a game production pipeline and are familiar with taking care of all the challenges that come from it.

Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain pipeline tools that work closely with game technology
  • Work closely with game engineers for determining the technical needs of the show from a cinematics point of view
  • Build and maintain high quality rigs
  • 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:
  • 3+ years professional experience
  • In-depth knowledge of Maya
  • Experience with Python and MEL
  • Knowledge of deformations and topology for both Body and Face
  • Knowledge of character pipeline and workflow techniques
  • 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 with C/C++ and/or LUA
  • 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)
  • Reel demo reel or link to samples of work and descriptive breakdown of contributions

Job Status: Full-Time

Primary Location: United States-CA-Irvine

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Accommodation Request: We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to talentacquisition@blizzard.com. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

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