• Senior Technical Artist

    Company/Location (search) US-CA-San Diego
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/3/2018 11:40 AM)
    Job ID
    686046
    Company
    A2Z Development Center, Inc.
  • Job Description

    At Amazon, our goal is to create great PC games. We believe in ground-breaking games that can redefine the boundaries of player experience and change the way the world sees digital entertainment. Games have the power to connect people at a massive scale, and creating these experiences will help us produce some of the future’s most influential visual experiences. We seek the best game developers in the world to join our team and become the architects of this vision. Join us, and you’ll have the power of Twitch, AWS, and the entire Amazon ecosystem to shape the future of games.

    Amazon Game Studios in San Diego is searching for a Senior Technical Artist who specializes in character and creature rigging and tools. If you enjoy bringing life to digital game characters by creating efficient technical rigging solutions we would love to talk to you. Our workplace is an environment where thoughts and ideas are welcomed and where problems are solved collectively and independently. The team is still growing and is staffed with friendly and experienced game developers. The title we are developing is an exciting concept that will push the boundaries of game play and character visuals related to motion and deformation. At Amazon San Diego we are working and partnering with some amazing internal and external teams and have access to the best software and hardware.


    Responsibilities
    • Develop rigging tools, scripts, and plugins to create best in class workflows and processes.
    • Provide and create solutions to enable advanced deformation on characters, creatures, and other assets that are animated\simulated.
    • Proactively seek out pipeline improvements, workflows and technology issues.
    • Collaborate and communicate daily with teammates creating content.
    • Manage the direction of technology created by external partners.
    • Document best practices and standards to ensure workflows and pipelines are shared and understood.
    • Collaborate with 3D Artists to ensure rigs will deform and behave in a way that is suitable for animation.
    • Create rigging related scripts, tools, and plugins using industry standard scripting and programming languages.
    • Research and explore systematic solutions that solve problems and enable efficient productivity.
    • Provide technical support for a variety of disciplines focusing on rigged content.
    • Troubleshoot and solve problems for teammates to enable them to do their best work.


    Basic Qualifications

      • 3+ titles shipped on a current generation console, PC, or cinematic as a Senior Technical Artist focusing on rigging.
      • 4+ years’ experience in setting up advanced deformation systems (facial rigs, muscles, hair, and cloth).
      • Portfolio demonstrating a wide variety of character and creature rigging

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Python, OpenMaya, and PySide
    • Deep understanding of character and creature anatomy as it applies to motion and deformation.
    • A passion for creating and developing best in class workflows and processes.
    • Stays up to date with trends, software, and technology related to the technical setup of best in class character assets.
    • Experience rigging a variety of simple and complex assets intended for motion.
    • Expert understanding of joint creation, skin weighting, binding, and deformation systems.
    • Strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.
    • Experience in workflows, software, and techniques related to the creation of clothing, fur, hair, muscle, and skin deformation.
    • Strong understanding of anatomy, design, and motion.
    • Ability to clearly articulate, demo, and present technical projects to small and large groups that are internal and external.
    • Ability to efficiently describe and translate improvement requests for new tools, pipelines, and processes as requested by team mates.
    • Maintain a high level of quality while working with multiple teams that have timelines and dependencies.
    • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role.
    • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role.
    Amazon is an Equal Opportunity – Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation

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