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Character TD, Mobile Game Marketing


    MZ is looking for a talented and experienced Character TD to join our expanding Marketing Art Team. This role requires a candidate to have at least 3 years experience in feature animation, film, or games, with a solid and tested technical rigging skill set with an emphasis on naturalistic characters. An understanding of human anatomy, facial structure and quadrupeds is essential. You are a team player, willing to do what it takes to get the job done, as well as a problem solver with a focused attention to detail.

    This is a key role for our team and an opportunity to contribute to an invested and dedicated 3D video group. We are looking for someone willing to help us push fidelity, creativity and storytelling to deliver impactful video content relevant to MZ's highly successful mobile titles.

    What you'll be doing:

      • Create high quality rigs and deformations for characters, vehicles and related assets to be used by in-house Animators
      • Collaborate with Modelers, Character TDs and Animators to solve rigging or deformation related issues
      • Help develop and maintain character rigs, character pipeline and deformation systems
      • Work closely with the Creative team and Art Director to create highly polished video pieces for MZ’s marketing campaigns
      • Successfully produce concurrent and competing projects in a fast-paced environment

    Your background and who you are:

      • Bachelor's degree preferred
      • 3+ years experience on VFX features, animated films or game industry
      • Maya expert
      • Good understanding of the anatomy. Any experience with FACS based face rigs is a plus
      • Artistic skill or background in modeling/sculpting/drawing is beneficial
      • Proficiency in Mel and/or Python
      • Experience with PyMel, PyQt and Maya API is a plus
      • Experience with muscle simulation and other forms of advanced body deformation is a plus
      • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet required deadlines
      • Excellent communicator, able to present ideas verbally and visually
      • Willingness to take constructive feedback and work in a collaborative, team oriented setting

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