Character TD / Rigger

Summary:

Naughty Dog is seeking a Character TD / Rigger to come join our team! This talented individual should be able to work with minimal input and feel comfortable working in a team environment. Our ideal candidate possesses strong technical skills in rigging, an artistic eye, and passion for video games.

Responsibilities:

  • Design, create, test, and maintain character rigs/setups
  • Work with modelers to create a model that meets technical needs
  • Collaborate with animators to design motion controls
  • Develop and maintain character motion and deformation systems
  • Develop new techniques and processes to solve character production challenges
  • Capable of writing pipeline tools to streamline the setup process
  • Work with production management to prioritize tasks
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed

Requirements & Skills:

  • 3+ years of production experience
  • In-depth knowledge of Maya
  • Strong understanding of both Figure and Facial Anatomy
  • Complex character/vehicle rigging experience in Maya (in film, broadcast, or game environments)
  • Programming experience with scripting languages such as Python and MEL
  • Experience setting up production pipelines, while being able to follow guidelines
  • The ability to take initiative and work independently
  • C++ experience

Bonus Skills:

  • Solid Linear Algebra
  • Experience writing Physics systems
  • Experience using Physics systems (NCloth, etc.)

As part of the Naughty Dog application process, candidates should expect to be given a technical interview and may be asked to complete an art test.

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The Recruiting Process

We feel it is important to let you know how the recruiting process works here at Naughty Dog. Here is what you can expect from us:

  1. Upon submission, you will receive an automated message stating your resume has been received and will be reviewed thoroughly by our recruiting team.
  2. Due to the high volume of applications received, it is not possible to respond directly to each candidate.
  3. If you are selected, you will be contacted for an initial phone screen or test.
  4. The next step is a second phone or Skype interview, or an invite to come out and meet us at the studio.
  5. In the event that we choose not to move forward at any point in the recruiting process, we will let you know.
  6. If your qualifications do not match the criteria of a current position, your resume will be kept on file for future consideration.

Thank you for your interest in Naughty Dog.