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Technical Director, Character Rig / Model


Emeryville, CA 01-25-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description

• Using modeling software, like ZBrush, to sculpt and refine a neutral 3D model to fit the aesthetic needs of Character Designers
• Designing and maintaining a modeling topology conducive to the storyboarded range of deformations
• Working closely with Animators to provide and refine an articulation of the full range of expressions and body movement needed to support a character's acting range in the film
• A truth to materials/anatomy and animation principles is emphasized, as is patience and a willingness to experiment
• Creative use of deformers to achieve a specific deformation called for by Animation with a concise set of animation controls
• Designing and maintaining Master Rigs that can be re-used as a basis for articulating similar characters, or applying existing Rigs to newly created character sculpts
• Writing scripts in Python or MEL to facilitate workflow improvements Brainstorming new techniques and ideas for user interfaces, deformation tools, and character specific rigging solutions
• Troubleshooting technical issues inherent in maintaining a clean file structure and pipelines for both in-house and 3rd party software
• Having proficiency in a programming language and math is important


Modeling Reel

Examples of digital sculpting of organic forms such as faces or bodies as well as a variety of works and styles:
• Include a turntable showing the final result and a turntable with the mesh
• Include examples of drawings or clay sculpts demonstrating your artistic ability
• Bonus for including cloth and/or hair modeling

Rigging Reel

Examples of rigging that support the type of character that is being attempted:
• A realistic character will have been true to the materials it is made out of
• A cartoon type character might have extra exaggeration
• Bonus for including examples of animation

Rig Build Reel

Provide examples of systems that can be used to make faces or bodies:
• Showing how the controls work and the interface for the animators is important
• Descriptive text for the technical designs/tools shown on the reel should be provided on a separate breakdown sheet included with your reel/resume

Company Profile

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation.