Reports To: Animation Lead

Job Description:

Tuque Games is looking for a Technical Animator to work on a fantasy Action-RPG. We seek an artist with experience in character/creature rigging, skinning, tools, and pipeline development to join our team. This talented individual should be able to work with minimal input and feel comfortable working in a team environment. Our ideal candidate possesses strong technical skills, an artistic eye, and passion for video games.

As part of Tuque Games you’ll be joining an up-and-coming independent video game team. We are ambitious enough to position ourselves amongst the top independent gaming companies in the world. We are passionate game developers who are honest, humble, hard working, and are looking for someone who shares our values and desire to craft outstanding games.

Responsibilities:

  • Design, create, test, and maintain rigs of various complexity for characters, creatures and props
  • Write pipeline tools and scripts to streamline the setup process and automate tasks
  • Communicate across departments and support the teams in the integration of animations into the game engine by authoring animation blends, graphs, tags and document the best practices
  • Work with physics systems for rigid/soft bodies, hair, and cloth
  • Develop new techniques and processes to solve character production challenges
  • Actively advances skill set and abilities by keeping aware of industry trends and techniques, evaluating competitive products and learning new software packages
  • Tackle additional responsibilities that may be assigned as needed

Required qualifications (Essential Skills):

  • Expert knowledge of Motion Builder and Maya and a strong understanding of their rigging tools
  • Strong working knowledge in Python to develop scripts, tools and author plugins
  • Working knowledge of Unreal Engine and an in-depth knowledge of in-game animation systems, blending trees and layering methods, retargeting, and state machines
  • Strong problem solver with the ability to support the animation team with troubleshooting and technical assistance
  • Well-versed in human and animal anatomy with a keen eye for proper form throughout a wide range of movement
  • Knowledge of animator’s workflows and in game-development animation production
  • Excellent ability to communicate with multiple stakeholders and thrive in a team environment
  • Capacity to work under minimal direction to determine and develop approach to solutions
  • 4+ years of experience in video game technical animation, or any other relevant experience

Desired Qualifications (Other Skills):

  • Knowledge of facial animation systems and rigging in game development
  • Experience working with motion capture processes and data manipulation
  • Exposure to character modeling and proper mesh topology related to character deformations
  • Previous experience as an animator

As part of the Tuque Games’ application process, candidates should expect to be given a technical interview and should send portfolio to showcase their capacity to create user friendly animation rigs.

Candidates must be authorized to work in Canada for this position. Working hours are full time and onsite at our studio in Montreal, Canada. (Note that remote work is not offered for this position)

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