Lead Character TD

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Department: Creative - 3D

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Bardel is currently recruiting for an experienced Lead Character TD to work collaboratively with our Emmy award winning studio team. As the Lead Character TD, you will be responsible for ensuring the technical and creative success of all rigging requirements of the production and developing tools/frameworks for the CG characters while respecting the established overall look of the shows in the studio. You will also be involved with developing new tools and assisting our Technology and Pipeline TD teams on special projects.

What you will be doing:

  • Mentor and offer direction to rigging team, providing them with guidance and instruction relating to CG modeling, rigging and associated production processes
  • Contribute to the delegation of incoming demands for rigging assets amongst the rigging team.
  • Develop character framework working in conjunction with the CG Supervisor and other department heads. Framework includes skeletal system, skinning, workflows, and user interface.
  • Demonstrate complete mastery of professional development software tools required for model, texture, rigging creation and implementation.
  • Trouble-shoot and find solutions for technical production issues.
  • Develop tools/scripts/plug-ins to enhance productivity of animators.
  • Participate in pre-production planning to determine and address technical design requirements and issues. Create documentation and tutorials relating to technical issues.

What you bring to the table:

  • 3-5 years quality experience in a rigging/senior 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

Additional pluses:

  • 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, and for good reasons! Bardel offers work on exciting high-profile projects, a generous compensation/benefits package, and a fantastic company culture fueled by career development and artistic skill enhancement. Every day you will collaborate with other influential, career-minded, creative professionals from around the world.

What we want to see in your application:

  • Why YOU are the right fit for this position
  • A demo link to your most current work. This is a chance to show off your best work!

Thank YOU!

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 determined to be a compelling match for our current opening(s).

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