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jobby: Character TD, Nitrogen Studios, Vancouver

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Job information:

The character TD is responsible for helping design, implement, and manage tools that assist the Rigging team as well as Animators. They will need to work efficiently within the in-house software and systems.  Character TDs work with the Pipeline Director, rigging supervisor and the Animation team to create tools, techniques, and procedures and support the teams in finding technical problems with rigs, models, tools or data flow. The ideal candidate possesses strong technical and excellent communication skills, as well as a firm understanding of software design, graphics, and production work flow



  • Create and implement practical tools based on Animator feature requests that integrate with the production pipeline
  • Continually look for ways to optimize the efficiency and work-flow for the Animation department
  • Collaborate with departments both up and downstream, to facilitate the smooth flow of assets through the pipeline
  • Work with artists to troubleshoot and fix problems
  • Ensure animation tools and work-flow follow studio policies and guidelines
  • Work closely with Pipeline Team to maintain and improve the entire production pipeline
  • Create and update documentation for tools, techniques and work flows


Skills and Requirements:


  • 3+ years experience as a Technical Director with a focus on Animation or Rigging pipelines
  • Proficiency in Pymel, Pyside, Maya APIs (Python/ C++) and Mel scripting language
  • Must have written and supported animation and/or rigging tools used significantly in production
  • Ability to establish priorities
  • Work independently and within a group
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Degree in Computer Science or Engineering a plus
  • Knowledge in C++ a plus
  • BC residents preferred, but not required


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