Technical Animator

Retro Studios
Austin, TX, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Purpose/Summary: An individual contributor who ensures that art and animation production is enhanced by the use of advanced technical processes, systems and software.


  • Creates powerful rigging solutions to enhance the efficiency and quality of animation pipeline
  • Provides rigging solutions that support achieving the visual targets for character and creature performances
  • Understands animator workflow and provides technical support for the efficient production of high-quality animation
  • Works directly with artists, animators, designers & engineers to develop software tools and scripts that enhance and streamline the creation of art and animation
  • Manages character data and pipelines & animation data and pipelines.
  • Writes animation tools for the team
  • Participates in determining technical & artistic approaches and in developing new or enhanced technical tools
  • Mentors less experienced members of the team to develop fluency with tools and techniques

*This job description outlines primary duties and requirements and is not intended to identify all tasks that may be performed; individuals occupying the position may be required to perform other duties.  The company may modify job duties from time to time, either in practice or in writing.

Skills & Requirements

  • Proven technical skills in character rigging and animation tools for 3D production
  • Solid Python knowledge and familiarity with QT
  • Solid math skills
  • Thorough understanding of interactive entertainment methodology and the video game production pipeline
  • Understands Technical Animation as a service, enjoys collaboration and has strong communication skills
  • Ability to solve complex technical problems
  • Proven proficiency with 2D/3D art and animation production software and current Retro 2D/3D art production tools
  • Strong Maya knowledge
  • Minimum four years' experience in technical animation and/or animation production role for interactive entertainment, including minimum of one product cycle as a technical animator in the industry
  • Undergraduate degree in art related subject or completion of an intensive art training program or equivalent preferred. Specific experience can be substituted for formal education. 

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

About the Company

Founded in 1998, Retro Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo Company, Ltd.  Retro is a state-of-the-art game development studio, working in conjunction with Nintendo to bring award-winning games to Nintendo's cutting-edge next-generation platforms.  Retro Studios is in beautiful Austin, Texas. With rolling hills, scenic waterways, abundant wildlife, vibrant music and film scenes, and a laid-back cosmopolitan culture, Austin is a dynamic city with an excellent quality of life.  Austin's sunny weather also supports a great range of outdoor activities, providing plenty of venues for top-notch game developers to recharge and unwind.