Lead Technical Animator

The Role

We’re seeking a highly creative and experienced Lead Technical Animator to join our Rockwater studio in Liverpool.

This is a great opportunity to join a growing and vibrant studio at the beginning of a project and make a real impact on both our games and the company as a whole.

If you want to make a meaningful contribution to varied projects from both a technical and artistic perspective please get in touch.

If you feel your skills and potential are not being utilised or recognised, we’d love to hear from you!

Key Duties & Responsibilities for the role include:

  • Establishing and maintaining the high-level vision and standards for Ripstone Technical Animation
  • Collaborating effectively with Art, Animation, Code and Design departments
  • Researching, developing and implementing new techniques into the animation, rigging and art pipelines
  • Acting as a force multiplier for efficiency, quality and reliability
  • Creating high-quality character, body and facial rigs
  • Contributing to production scheduling
  • Creating and managing documentation for tools and processes within animation and asset processes in the studio

Essential Skills

  • 5 years experience as a Technical Artist/Animator
  • At least 1 project as a Senior or Lead
  • Detailed knowledge of complex rigging and Technical Animation
  • Good understanding of anatomy for biped and quadruped body mechanics
  • Experience using Technical Animation techniques within Unreal Engine

Desired Skills

  • Experience with gameplay technical animation; state machines, cloth physics, ragdoll, hair and grooms
  • Experience with MotionBuilder, MotionBuilder API and mocap processes
  • A traditional animation background is an advantage
  • Stylised animation or technical animation experience would be very valuable
  • Experience with facial rigging
  • Working knowledge of common programming languages such as Python within Maya
  • Other Programming knowledge such as C++/Maya API & Plugin creation

Apply for This Role

We are always looking for brilliant people to join our growing team, to help proactively mould our current projects and drive forward creative ideas on our amazing upcoming projects.

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