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Lead Technical Animator - Rigging

Epic Games

Cary, NC 07-12-2022
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description

We are the Advanced Character Technology team at Epic, the humans behind MetaHuman Creator. We work tirelessly to improve high fidelity characters in Unreal Engine, with a focus on not only pushing the bar but making those technologies accessible to everyone.


We are looking for a Lead Technical Animator to own the vision for rigging and deformations. You'll help chart a course, working with some of the industry's best engineers and artists to not only push high-end technologies forward, but democratize their use.

In this role, you will
• Help design and implement new Unreal Engine character technologies related to rigging and deformation.
• Set and maintain the MetaHuman quality bar on new assets from a rigging and deformation standpoint.
• Work with animators to improve the MetaHuman puppet and develop new animation and rigging interfaces and tools.
• Be the advocate working with engineering to ensure new rigging technologies are performant on target hardware.
• Lead rigging efforts across multiple teams.
• Work with Art Producer to set/maintain rigging plan
• Mentor junior rigging-focused technical animators or interns if needed
• Still be able to do hands-on rigging, but should not be the critical path.

What we're looking for
• AAA game experience shipping great-looking characters
• A good eye and knowledge and understanding of anatomy and deformation..
• Extensive character experience in Maya.
• Unreal Engine experience.
• Experience working on feature development with engineers.
• Good communication skills and experience leading technical teams from the trenches.
• An experienced problem solver.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rjwx8e-35-168-110-128-42 in your application.

Company Profile
Epic Games

Founded in 1991, Epic Games is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Epic operates Fortnite, one of the world’s largest games with over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections. Epic also develops Unreal Engine, which powers the world’s leading games and is also adopted across industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing, and simulation.