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Technical Artist

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Candidates must have a proven track record in creating and maintaining an integrated toolset that supports the full range of the content team. Working with the Art Department and occasionally Engineers and Designers to define the processes and pipeline for content production, as well as communicating and documenting these tools and methods to artists and associated departments. This role is primarily split between pipeline development and character integration work. Experience rigging, skinning, and importing characters into game engines is an absolute must. Candidates are expected to work closely with animators and character artists to ensure characters satisfy aesthetic requirements while also writing tools that cater specifically to improving the day to day process these artists employ. This individual is expected to bring efficiency, stability, and creativity to not only the character and animation teams but also the studio as a whole.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop tools using Python / PyMEL and MEL primarily for the Art dept.
Rig, skin, and import characters into game engine. Be vigilant in improving this process for yourself and others.
Fix bugs, maintain, and improve the existing pipeline.
Ensure that existing pipelines are as efficient as possible both from a production point of view as well as runtime performance and long-term pipeline sustainability.
Develop technical content creation guidelines and help enforce them through documentation as well as the tools you provide.

QUALIFICATIONS:
5+ years working in production for video games.
Shipped at least one console title from concept through release in a Technical Artist capacity.
A history of high quality products and experiences

BONUS SKILLS:
C# and/or C++ programming skills
3D art skills and related knowledge
Animation experience
Knowledge of Advanced Skeleton tool
Havok experience
Understanding of console performance analysis

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