Creature Technical Director - Rigging

CG Artist Vancouver, BC


Position at Industrial Light & Magic

Position Summary

Creature TD Riggers are responsible for rigging and enveloping hero to background creature, vehicles and props in Maya. They are able to wrangle rigging and creature pipeline issues proficiently under the direction and guidance of their supervisors.

This specific position is for a production that requires experience and proficiency in both realistic and/or toon style animation, where experience working with rigs for an exaggerated cartoon style of animation on animated features, as well as live action creature and character animation will be key to this role.

What You'll Do

  • Hero-creature rigging and enveloping in Maya
  • Troubleshoot creature rigging and pipeline issues for artists in other disciplines
  • Mentor entry level artists
  • Script utilities/tools/plug-ins in Maya
  • Sufficient knowledge of Maya rigging techniques to optimize the performance of rigs
  • Participate in reviews, dailies, and department meetings as required
  • Special projects as necessary

What We're Looking For

  • At least 3 years relevant professional VFX experience and at least a college level diploma in computer graphics, fine arts, design, or photography, or related field; OR, at least 5 years relevant professional VFX experience in lieu of education
  • Experience with hero asset rigging and enveloping in Maya, on realistic VFX and/or toon-style animated feature films
  • Experience setting up and running simulation shot work
  • Experience in corrective sculpting
  • Knowledge of anatomy and enveloping
  • Positive Attitude and team player
  • Passion for the work
  • Good communication skills
  • Nice to have: 
    • Experience with Massive or Houdini crowd software
    • C++
    • Basic competency in another discipline - modeling, texture, TD, animation
    • Proficiency with Linux
    • Expertise with Maya
    • Experience with python scripting

This position is with Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Industrial Light & Magic. Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion or belief, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability or pregnancy or maternity. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.