Character TD / Rigger

Naughty Dog
Santa Monica, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Responsibilities:

  • Design, create, test, and maintain character rigs/setups
  • Work with modelers to create a model that meets technical needs
  • Collaborate with animators to design motion controls
  • Develop and maintain character motion and deformation systems
  • Develop new techniques and processes to solve character production challenges
  • Capable of writing pipeline tools to streamline the setup process
  • Work with production management to prioritize tasks
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed

Skills & Requirements

Requirements & Skills:

  • In-depth knowledge of Maya
  • 3+ years of production experience
  • Strong understanding of both Figure and Facial Anatomy
  • Complex character/vehicle rigging experience in Maya (in film, broadcast, or game environments)
  • Programming experience with scripting languages such as Python and MEL
  • Experience setting up production pipelines, while being able to follow guidelines
  • The ability to take initiative and work independently
  • C++ experience

Bonus Skills:

  • Solid Linear Algebra
  • Experience writing Physics systems
  • Experience using Physics systems (NCloth, etc.)

As a part of the Naughty Dog application process, candidates will be expected to provide a portfolio or demo reel of their work and may be asked to complete an art test.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

To apply, please visit our website: Character TD / Rigger

The Recruiting Process

We feel it is important to let you know how the recruiting process works here at Naughty Dog. Here is what you can expect from us:

  • Upon submission, you will receive an automated message stating your resume has been received and will be reviewed thoroughly by our recruiting team.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, it is not possible to respond directly to each candidate.
  • If you are selected, you will be contacted for an initial phone screen or test.
  • The next step is a second phone or Skype interview, or an invite to come out and meet us at the studio.
  • In the event that we choose not to move forward at any point in the recruiting process, we will let you know.
  • If your qualifications do not match the criteria of a current position, your resume will be kept on file for future consideration.

Thank you for your interest in Naughty Dog.

About the Company

Naughty Dog is the developer of some of the most critically acclaimed and top-selling video games on PlayStation platforms, having created the classic Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series, as well as modern franchises Uncharted and The Last of Us. We have become recognized as industry leaders for our storytelling, graphics and cinematic quality in our games. The studio is currently developing The Last of Us Part II. 

Naughty Dog is also home to Sony World Wide Studios’ ICE Team, a central technology group that focuses on creating core graphics technologies for Sony’s worldwide first-party published titles, including low-level game engine components, graphics processing pipelines, supporting tools, and graphics profiling and debugging tools.

Since Naughty Dog is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Interactive Entertainment, we also have many perks that comes from being in the Sony family – movie screenings on the Sony Pictures lots and discounts on electronics, music, movies and PlayStation hardware and software. Of course, you just can’t beat our location. Naughty Dog is based near the ocean – and beaches – in Santa Monica, California, where beautiful weather and fair temperatures grace us year-round.