Technical Artist, Character TD - Schell Games
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Technical Artist, Character TD
Schell Games is currently seeking a talented Technical Artist/ Character TD to join our current team working on projects ranging from online worlds and handheld games to themed interactive attractions. Team experience is essential as is the ability to be self-directed and prioritize your workload efficiently.
Our ideal candidate will be able to work with the art and engineering teams to help meet aesthetic goals while working within technological specifications, as well as be able to work quickly in a team atmosphere to meet deadlines. The chosen applicant will join the Schell Games art team to help develop and maintain the character rigging and animation pipeline. A passion for learning and problem-solving, as well as a creative and flexible approach to various systems is necessary.
Portfolio of work must be available for review; displaying examples of various rig setups, script examples, and pipeline tools. Applicants may be asked to complete an art test.
RESPONSIBILITES & REQUIRED SKILLS:
- Creating rigs of 3D character models for animation
- Re-targeting animation between different characters
- Collaborating with the animation team to make tools and improve rigs
- Scripting tools/pipelines as needed to add features and/or improve efficiency
- Following of standards and practices to create rigs that work in pipeline and with various tool systems
- Working across several teams with a variety of products and styles
- 3+ years experience in games setting up low/medium resolution rigs
- Strong knowledge of rigging in Maya
- Strong knowledge of human and animal anatomy, especially skeletal and muscular systems
- Strong knowledge of Python scripting, Mel is a plus
- Interest and ability in solving creative and technical challenges
- Animation and/or modeling experience a plus
Creating Innovative Experiences For Over a Decade
After making the decision to leave his Creative Director position at the Walt Disney Company in order to teach at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, Jesse Schell founded Schell Games in 2002 in order to continue to stay connected to the game industry. Over the next ten years, Jesse has successfully led the growth of the company to become the largest game developer in Pennsylvania. The company now employs over 70 people and has produced some of the most popular experiences in the world.