jobby: Senior Character TD, Starz Animation, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

October 6, 2010

JOB TITLE: Technical Director – Senior Character TD – CG Animated Feature Film
DEPARTMENT: Rigging and Character support
REPORTS TO: Head of Technology

POSITION OVERVIEW
The Character Technical Directors design, implement and create animation controls and deformation systems to control 3D geometry which may represent characters and creatures in a CG animation feature film. They may also be responsible for implementing the dynamic simulations onto various characters, including hard and soft body dynamics, fur, cloth and other similar effects.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
-Working with animators to ensure building of most effective animation tools
-Over seeing and troubleshooting rigging assets through the animation pipeline
-Developing tools, procedures and interfaces to optimize animation pipeline
-Creating character “effects” such as hair/fur, cloth, muscle, skin/flesh etc.
-Assisting in developing, optimizing and maintaining the dynamic hair and cloth production workflow
-Participating as a team member in determining various design and technical solutions
-Mentoring junior level team members

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
-3 to 5 years experience in feature film or animation production using MAYA and related tools
-Strong understanding of anatomy and motion\-Good understanding of existing CG deformation and rigging techniques
-Background in art and animation
-Experience with scripting and programming (Python and MEL)
-Strong communication skills required, as well as the ability to implement creative direction using the most effective method
-Must work well in a team, with strong communication skills and attention to detail
-Ability to relocate to Toronto, Canada for 12-18 month or longer

To apply, send resume and links to demo reel to: sat.jobs@starz.com

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