Lead Character Rigger

Giant is hiring a Lead Character Rigger for an iconic animation series.


We would love to hear from you – Send an email to careers@giant.ie

Position Overview

This is a short-term contract, under 1 year, and can be a remote working position.

Ideally artists will be based in Ireland, however, the role is open to all artists, but applicants must be able to work within a 4 hour time difference of the Irish timezone to allow for daily interaction with the Creative and production teams.

We will endeavour to respond to all applicants, but due to the high volume of applications we receive a reply might not always be possible.

Please mail to careers@giant.ie – please include the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email, for example: “Application – Lead Character Rigger Position”.

Starting date: ASAP

Position Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Art Director and CG Supervisor to establish creative and technical workflows that constantly strive to meet client and internal quality expectations for Character Rigging on the project
  • Oversee and manage the Character Rigging team to make sure that they meet the creative and technical requirements of the project
  • Create and maintain high level character rigs for production 
  • Review Character Models and flag potential problems and solutions
  • Work closely with modeling department to create edge flows and retopology that meets the rigging technical requirements
  • Oversee client and internal notes, providing direction and feedback to the Character Rigging Team as required
  • Work closely with the Production Team in the management of the department, creating team schedules and setting tasks for the team as well as flagging any potential issues or delays
  • Attend client meetings and Review Calls as necessary
  • Work closely with the Art Director, CG Supervisor, Modeling Lead & Pipeline TD to establish efficient techniques, topology, naming and other conventions to optimize the character rigging process 
  • Collaborate and maintain transparent communication with other department supervisors and leads
  • Support a collaborative and creative environment that produces awesome Giant projects. Including coaching and mentorship to members of your team
  • Create tools and scripts to increase efficiency in the department
  • Track tasks and meet production deadlines

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in rigging
  • At least 2 years of experience as Lead in the animation industry
  • Strong knowledge of rigging techniques
  • Strong knowledge of animation requirements
  • High level knowledge of rigging in Maya
  • Experience with Shotgun
  • Task driven, self-motivated, and proactive
  • Solid comprehension of mathematics
  • Knowledge of Python a plus
  • Ability to perform duties whilst being aware of deadlines
  • Great communication skill and ability to work interactively with production and other departments to solve production challenges

Don’t see an opportunity applicable to you?

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