Games - Tech Artist

Vancouver Canada
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Posted By:
Stephen Charles-Kendall

Job Description:

3D Artist 3 {18-month contract, Vancouver B. C, remote ok LOCAL preferred-US Residents open}

The Coalition is seeking an experienced and motivated Technical Artist, with a proven track record in developing and maintaining Maya and Motionbuilder tools for artists and animators. In this position, you are expected to develop and support tools that empower artists and animators to achieve our projects art and animation quality goals. It is important that you have good communication skills and able to collaboratively work with peers.

Surrounding Team & Key Projects
The Coalition is a Microsoft first-party development studio located in downtown Vancouver, Canada. We are the official home of the Gears of War franchise, and our objective is to forge the future of the IP and push the limits of Microsoft’s entertainment platforms and devices.

Typical Day in the Role
• Design and implement fast, elegant, data driven Maya and MotionBuilder content creation tools
• Support the art and animation teams with any Maya & Mobu technical issues they may have
• Create and maintain concise documentation, and provide training related to Maya & MotionBuilder tools
• Proactively identify new techniques and technologies that will improve our content creation workflows and pipelines
• Be a positive and creative force in the team, working in a manner that supports and encourages a diverse and inclusive culture

Flex hours or remote?
Fully remote position is approved in US or Canada but candidate must be available PST hours. Candidate will not be required to relocate for this role.

This role is focused on making improvements and additions to our custom animation tools inside of Maya and MotionBuilder, with the intent of optimizing our animation production and iteration loops. For example, we are looking to create a tool to provide animators with methods for processing motion captured animation to jump further or faster than what was captured, while automatically maintaining feet to ground contacts. Other examples would be to retarget human mocap data to quadrupeds (Rampart Denizens), amongst other tools. The investment here will really pay off to reduce the overall cost of animation production outside of Unreal.

• Must have 5+ years of experience with Maya & MotionBuilder Python scripting and API development of artist and animator friendly tools
• Proven track record of continuously improving content pipelines
• Understanding of data driven art content pipelines
• Self-motivated, creative problem solver, great communicator
• Unreal Engine 4 experience is a huge plus
• Ability to give and receive constructive feedback
• Passion for the industry and an understanding of industry trends and technologies

Degrees or certifications required:
BA is preferred but not required – professional work experience is required