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Animation - Madrid

Rigging Lead

Madrid, Spain Animation - Madrid
Skydance offers a dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving culture where innovative ideas are welcomed, and growth fostered. The partnership between unique creativity and technological advancements are demonstrated within each pillar of the company. At the heart of it all is a commitment to boldly entertaining and relevant storytelling.
While all Animation studios look to hire people who are creative and hard-working, Skydance Animation is specifically looking for pioneers who seek to push the limits of what the world’s most collaborative art form can achieve, and to give those pioneers the space and the resources to build a new studio that’s doing something different.
Rigging Leads are responsible for designing, creating, and maintaining highly accurate and efficient rigs for high-end feature animation films, following the technical guidelines of the Rigging Supervisor.


  • Work closely with Animators on characters’ full range of expressions and body movements.
  • Collaborate directly with Character Asset Team members: Directors, Character Designers, Animators, Modelers, and Look Development Artists to define and create the best deformation or animation rigs for a wide range of character styles and art directions.
  • Creative use of deformers to achieve a specific deformation called for by Animation with a concise set of animation controls.
  • Keep up on current artistic methodologies and on technology trends and tools that best suit the production and the company, in the development of a stronger creative and technical environment.
  • Develop and maintain procedural rig components with a specific focus on deformation, using a custom Python Rigging API.
  • Write scripts in Python to facilitate workflow improvements.
  • Brainstorming new techniques and ideas for user interfaces, deformation tools, and character specific rigging solutions.
  • Lead the team providing them with support, guidance and instruction in areas that contribute toward their artistic and professional growth, making sure all the assets follow the quality standards and artistic direction and that achieves the deadlines.
  • Follow the Supervisor’s guidance.
  • Provide regular feedback to your artists and ensure quality control for the artists on the team.
  • Train, share knowledge and assume responsibility for the progression of more junior members of the team.
  • Requirements

  • 6+ years of professional experience.
  • 2+ years of experience as Lead in the animation industry, with a preference in animated feature films.
  • Deformation proficiency demonstrated through past project work.
  • Experience with both mechanical and/or organic type rigs with preference in feature animation.
  • Strong and production-proven knowledge of rigging and deformation using Maya.
  • Solid knowledge in the pipeline, process, tools, and techniques with a high-level understanding of industry standards, conventions, formats, and common practice.
  • Proven solid technical and visual skills, excellent attention to detail.
  • An impressive reel demonstrating attention to facial surface detail, underlying facial anatomy, and credible and organic facial expressions.
  • Strong knowledge to streamline the character setup process.
  • Deep understanding of anatomy and muscle dynamics.
  • Good eye for aesthetics of body/face deformations.
  • Experience in C++ programming.
  • Advanced Python, GUI scripting, and the ability to follow strict coding standards.
  • Proficient in English.
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