At Bardel, our greatest asset is our people. With multiple series currently in production, we are always looking for exceptional talent to join our winning team!
We are currently recruiting for experienced Rigging Artists to work collaboratively with our Emmy award winning studio team across some of our amazing productions. As a Rigging Artist, you will be responsible for ensuring the technical and creative success of all rigging requirements of the production, while respecting the established overall look of the show.
What you will be doing:
Construct 3D character rigs and animation interfaces and controls for assigned characters and props
Actively participate in production-related meetings by offering thoughts and ideas
Keep current on pipeline techniques and technology
Ensure the pipeline supervisor’s instructions are carried through
Develop character, prop and related rigging and frameworks (including skeletal system, skinning, workflows, and user interface) working in conjunction with the CG Supervisor and other department heads
Define and streamline CG character rigging workflows, pipelines and processes, developing tools and frameworks for CG characters and other related assets
Troubleshoot and evaluate character-rigging issues for artists within various disciplines
Develop and documenting workflows, tools, scripts/plug-ins and best practices to enhance the productivity of animators
What you bring with you:
1-3 years quality experience in rigging capacity
TV / Animation / Film production experience a must
Strong technical background and scripting prowess (Maya, Python, MEL), with the ability to grasp new programs and systems quickly
Excellent command of human anatomy, volume and weight, dynamics and character motion
Superlative written and verbal communication skills and a collaborative, supportive approach to working with other team members
Extra points if you have:
Background in traditional animation, visual arts and life drawing, with a solid sense of movement and form
Experience with R&D requirements gathering and authoring production documentation, creating templates, libraries and tools
Sound understanding of the animation process from storyboard to modelling to texturing, animation and rendering
Advanced, applied technical computer animation knowledge such as lighting rigs, rendering, dynamics, and other related scripting, interface and tools development
Why work at Bardel?
We’ve got great people here, and for good reasons. Bardel offers a generous benefit package, regular social events and ongoing development opportunities for employees to advance their careers through work on prominent and exciting industry projects. You will collaborate with other influential, career-minded creative professionals from around the world, and have the opportunity to grow in your career.
What we want to see in your application:
Tell us why YOU are the person for the position and how you meet the position’s criteria. Forward us your current resume and samples of your work (eg. a link to your website or reel – don’t hesitate to show off a little!).
How to apply:
Please visit our website at http://www.bardel.ca/now-hiring/ to apply.
We thank all applicants who express an interest in being part of the Bardel team. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of submissions received, we will only be in touch with those that are a compelling match for one of our current openings.
About Bardel Entertainment Inc.
Emmy Award®-winning studio, Bardel Entertainment Inc., has been a leading animation studio in North America for over 30 years due to its stellar reputation built on three core values: quality, creativity and innovation. Led by CEO, Rick Mischel, previously a producer at Sony Pictures Animation, Bardel is recognized as one of the most trusted names in the industry.
Bardel has over 500 employees in two state-of-the-art studios, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna, Canada and a fully integrated studio in Rome, Italy. Currently, Bardel is the only full-service animation studio concurrently providing animation services in CG and 2D animation television and features for a diverse slate of U.S. blue-chip partners: Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Warner Bros., and Cartoon Network-Adult Swim, as well as an outstanding group of content creators.
Recent work includes award-winning series such as Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty, The Dragon Prince, Rick and Morty, Teen Titans Go!, 44 Cats and the newly announced Magic: The Gathering. In 2019, Bardel won two Kidscreen Awards for The Dragon Prince. In 2018 Bardel won an Emmy for Best Animated Series for Rick and Morty. In 2018, Dinotrux was nominated for an Annie Award and Rick and Morty received the Critics' Choice award for animation and won for a Emmy Award. Bardel also won won Emmy Awards for the DreamWorks’s TV shows King Julien (2017) and an Emmy Award for Dinotrux (2016).
In 2015, Bardel was acquired by Italy-based Rainbow Group, one of the largest animation producers and licensors in the world with subsidiaries in Moscow, Hong Kong and Singapore.