Senior Technical Artist

Job ID: 845935 | A2Z Development Center, Inc.

DESCRIPTION

We believe the evolution that began with arcade communities a quarter at a time, growing to the live streams and esports of today, will continue to a future where everyone is a gamer and every gamer can create, compete, collaborate and connect with others at massive scales. If you share our belief that games will produce some of the future’s most influential voices in media and art, come join us. At Amazon Game Studios, Orange County, you’ll have the power of Amazon Web Services’ cloud, Twitch, Amazon Lumberyard, and our digital and physical media publishing infrastructure available as raw material to forge a future filled with amazing experiences for players, broadcasters and creators.
New World is a sandbox MMO set on a supernatural continent during the 17th Century. In New World, players take on the role of settlers, crafting gear they need to survive in a lawless and haunted land of opportunity. As they gain in strength and coordination, players battle to explore, claim and conquer a savage wilderness, and the hordes of other players seeking to do the same.
Responsibilities
· Develop rigging tools, scripts, and plugins to create best in class workflows and processes.
· Provide and create solutions to enable advanced deformation on characters, creatures, and other assets that are animated\simulated.
· Proactively seek out pipeline improvements, workflows and technology issues.
· Collaborate and communicate daily with teammates creating content.
· Manage the direction of technology created by external partners.
· Document best practices and standards to ensure workflows and pipelines are shared and understood.
· Collaborate with 3D Artists to ensure rigs will deform and behave in a way that is suitable for animation.
· Create rigging related scripts, tools, and plugins using industry standard scripting and programming languages.
· Research and explore systematic solutions that solve problems and enable efficient productivity.
· Provide technical support for a variety of disciplines focusing on rigged content.
· Troubleshoot and solve problems for teammates to enable them to do their best work.




BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

· 3+ titles shipped on a current generation console, PC, or cinematic as a Senior Technical Artist focusing on rigging.
· 4+ years’ experience in setting up advanced deformation systems (facial rigs, muscles, hair, and cloth).
· Portfolio demonstrating a wide variety of character and creature rigging

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

· Python, OpenMaya, and PySide
· Deep understanding of character and creature anatomy as it applies to motion and deformation.
· A passion for creating and developing best in class workflows and processes.
· Stays up to date with trends, software, and technology related to the technical setup of best in class character assets.
· Experience rigging a variety of simple and complex assets intended for motion.
· Expert understanding of joint creation, skin weighting, binding, and deformation systems.
· Strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.
· Experience in workflows, software, and techniques related to the creation of clothing, fur, hair, muscle, and skin deformation.
· Strong understanding of anatomy, design, and motion.
· Ability to clearly articulate, demo, and present technical projects to small and large groups that are internal and external.
· Ability to efficiently describe and translate improvement requests for new tools, pipelines, and processes as requested by team mates.
· Maintain a high level of quality while working with multiple teams that have timelines and dependencies.
· Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role.
· Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role.

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