Associate Character Rigger (Temporary Assignment)

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

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Job Description

This position is for a temporary engagement through our staffing partner Yoh Services.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for this position.


Naughty Dog is looking for an Associate Rigger Character to work on characters for our next production.


  • Use predefined character rigs and tools to effectively skin both bodies and faces on character assets
  • Work with the team to create balanced solutions to all related technical and aesthetic issues
  • Work with other technical artists and tools developers in the continual improvement of our processes
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed

Skills & Requirements

Requirements & Skills:

  • Positive, solution-oriented individual with a passion for game and/or movie development
  • Advanced knowledge in Maya is preferred
  • Understanding of human body and facial anatomy as it relates to game assets and topology
  • Good understanding of development workflows as they relate to getting character assets into game engines
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be able to work closely in a team setting with other departments
  • A reel/portfolio demonstrating solid Maya Skinning (human & animals) 

Bonus Skills:

  • Additional skills in secondary areas such as character art/modelling 
  • Knowledge of Rig creation and character topology as it relates to animation 
  • Coding experience 

As part of the Naughty Dog application process, candidates should expect to be given a technical interview and may be asked to complete an art test.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit our website: Associate Character Rigger (Temporary Assignment)

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.