Animation Technical Animator

Deep Silver Dambuster Studios have an exciting opportunity within their highly talented and experienced Animation department for a Technical Animator.

If you have a passion for character rigging and animation and have 2+ experience in the game or film industry using Maya then please get in touch!

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop and implement animation workflows and systems that integrate into Unreal Engine 4 and our game.
  • Design, develop and implement animation tools and pipelines that facilitates animators work in Maya and Motion Builder character animation systems, including facial setups and performance capture workflows.
  • Provide technical support for animators, offer solutions to maximise the efficiency, diagnose issues and fix in a timely and intelligent manner.
  • Create high quality animation rigs and character skinning for body and facial.
  • Coordinate with Animation Director and Lead Animator and ensure tools and pipelines are ready for production. Report risks in a timely manner and proactively fix issues as they come along.
  • Collaborate with other game departments and contribute to the overall development of the project and raise any other issues that may need to be addressed.
  • Complete all tasks in a timely manner and to a consistent high quality standard.
  • Demonstrate a desire to learn and grow professionally.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Extensive experience developing pipelines and toolsets in Python for Maya.
  • Experience developing and maintaining animations in Unreal Engine 4 or other game engines.
  • Solid understanding of Character deformation techniques and dynamics.
  • Solid understanding of facial animation methodologies.
  • Good communication skills and a great team-player attitude

Plusses:

  • Maya API and C++ knowledge.
  • Experience in PySide / PyQT.
  • Working knowledge of Unreal Engine 4 and the according animation system and toolset.
  • Production experience developing a AAA quality game.
  • Understanding of facial animation methodologies.
  • Experience using Motion Capture technology, retargeting and processing data.
  • Experience using Facial Capture technology and Facial Analysis software.

What we can offer you:

  • An industry competitive salary.
  • A creative and collaborative work environment with genuine opportunities to progress within the studio.
  • Cutting edge development environment with access to the latest technologies.
  • Funded learning and development opportunities.
  • An experienced, passionate and diverse team.
  • An exciting high-profile project.
  • A vibrant, modern and well-serviced city centre location.
  • Gym membership scheme.
  • Free financial advice.
  • Salary sacrifice based workplace pension scheme.
  • Annual pay reviews.
  • Employee referral bonus scheme.
  • Group life assurance policy.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Relocation assistance.

And a whole host of other soft benefits that help make Dambuster such a great place to work:

  • Flexible start and end times to the working day.
  • Support and encouragement to participate in outreach opportunities.
  • Twice yearly studio funded team building events.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Regular performance and development appraisals.
  • Weekly events such as breakfast Monday, coffee Wednesday and pastry Friday.
  • Monthly project and studio updates.
  • Seasonal events such as Halloween, Easter and the countdown to Xmas with charity bake sales, raffles and costume competitions for those who wish to participate.
  • Annual Christmas party and family focused summer BBQ.
  • Free fruit & soft drinks.
  • Peer nominated SuperStar of the month award.

Due to the high number of applications received, we regret it is not always possible to reply to all applications; however, we would like to thank you for your time and interest in our company.