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Laika Recruiting Animation TD

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Animation TD

Category: Other
Company: Laika
Location: Hillsboro (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

General Summary

An Animation TD at LAIKA is primarily responsible for the more technical aspects of CG Animation production. The Animation TD will be heavily involved with motion capture and crowd work, as well as providing technical and tool support within the animation department. Other responsibilities include participation in building and maintaining a library of reusable motion that can be used between shows.

Essential Job Functions

Perform tasks including motion capture data clean-up, editing, blending and re-targeting using Autodesk MotionBuilder (and Maya).
Use a combination of motion capture, keyframe animation and in-house tools to construct high quality performances for medium to large crowd scenes.
Assist in the creation and support of workflow efficiency tools for the animation department.
Discuss workflow and pipeline requirements with production technology to maximize department efficiency.
Build and maintain a library of reusable animation and motion data.
Provide general technical support for the animation department.
Proactively communicate with VFX supervisors, production management and technical directors to help shots stay on schedule.
Address notes quickly and offer own creative variations to give supervisors a range of options to choose from.
Meet productivity and shot quota targets.


Extensive production experience with established visual effects or feature animation pipelines.
Production experience with a motion capture pipeline, from acquisition through clean up and delivery.
Experience with motion capture data cleanup and editing.
Experience constructing performance driven crowd animation.
Thorough understanding of the limitations and nuances of the human body, as well as the physics that influence human motion.
Excellent time management and organizational skills.
Equally comfortable working independently and in a collaborative group.
B.S./B.A. in film, art or related field or equivalent combination of education/or experience.
4+ years in a technical animation or animation support role.
2+ years motion capture editing and clean-up experience.
Extensive experience with Autodesk Maya.
Experience with Autodesk MotionBuilder.
Scripting experience (MEL and/or Python) preferred.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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