Job Title: Technical Animator
Department: Technical Animation
Reports to: Technical Animation Supervisor
Work Location: 50 West 2nd AveVancouver, British ColumbiaV5Y 1B3 Canada
Salary Range: $50,000- $79,000 / Annum
The role of the Technical Animator is designing, simulating and delivering elements in shots that involve cloth, hair or other specialist technology. Working under the direction of the CG Supervisor, the Technical Animator collaborates with other 3D Leads including Layout, Animation, Modeling, Rigging and any other appropriate discipline.
Duties and responsibilities
Work with Model department to ensure geometry being simulated meets Technical Animation needs
Work with Rigging and/or Layout department to ensure geometry or rigs delivered to Technical Animation meets needs
Apply and simulate clothing, hair or other areas requiring technical animation
Analyze and fix any initial problems found and resimulate as needed
Deliver simulated geometry to the production pipeline for further processing
Ensure that geometry delivered to production pipeline meets each department’s needs
Develop techniques to ensure the requested animated geometry will integrate into a photorealistic environment
Respond quickly to notes from the VFX/DFX or CG Supervisor(s) before or during dailies to ensure best possible quality is maintained
Optimize simulations to ensure best throughput including automating pinning of geometry etc.
Other duties as appropriate to the role and determined by supervisors
At least 2 years experience
Strong English skills
Good working knowledge in a production environment with Maya
Houdini knowledge a plus
Good working knowledge of hair, fur, and cloth simulation software such as Yeti, Shave & a Haircut, nCloth, and Marvelous Designer
Good working knowledge of rigging and muscle systems on live action feature film or television productions
Good understanding of sculpting geometry
Character animation experience on live action feature film or television productions
Excellent problem solving and communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills with an emphasis on inspired leadership
Tracking experience is desirable
A strong sense of self-motivation and ability to work with little supervision
Linux scripting experience, especially in Bash/Python is desirable
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it. Method Studios management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.
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About Method Studios
Method Studios is an award-winning international visual effects group with facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, London, Sydney and Melbourne. As an artist-driven company known for its creativity, we service high-end feature film, commercial, television, games and motion graphics clients in the global marketplace.