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Rainmaker Recruiting Modeling Artist

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Modeling Artist (Fur/Groom) – Next Installment of Open Season

Category: Other
Company: Rainmaker
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

We are working with Sony Pictures Animation on the next installment of their OPEN SEASON franchise. Rainmaker is recruiting for Modeling Artists with fur/gooming experience to work on this direct-to-video animated adventure comedy.

Position Detail

Under the guidance of the Surfacing Supervisor, the Modeling Artist creates fur, hair and other organic elements for an array of characters with the goal of creating 3D models that support a project’s story based on its defined style.


Translates 2D designs into 3D objects.
Grooming hair and fur, using Rainmaker’s proprietary software.
Painting colour, weight, length and polarity maps for hair and fur.
Create and manage curves to be used in hair grooms.
Performing generalist character and 3D work when required.
Collaborates with designers, riggers, surfacing artist, animators and technical directors in order to facilitate optimal shot production while adhering to the schedule and quota fulfillment.
Collaborates with surfacing artists to ensure models match aesthetic and creative requirements of the projects overall look.
Collaborates with animation team to ensure models are structured in such a way to achieve intended performance requirements.
Interprets and implements notes and feedback from Director(s) and/or supervisors in a timely and qualitatively acceptable way.
Adheres to digital file management protocols.
Interacts respectfully and professionally with colleagues, staff members and clients.
Additional duties as requested.



Degree and/or diploma in fine arts or animation or equivalent experience is preferred.
3+ years of experience working in a professional environment within their discipline.


Working knowledge of human and animal anatomy, physical motion, weight, balance and form.
Proficiency in using Maya, Mudbox and ZBrush is required.
Open to and encourages feedback and new initiatives.
Solid work ethic and positive attitude. Ability to work under pressure. Self-motivated and pro-active. Consistently strives to expand knowledge base.
Efficient and detail oriented.
Strong problem solving skills and ability to work collaboratively.
Strong verbal and presentation skills with the ability to communicate ideas clearly.
Practices attentive and active listening. Shares information, methodologies and ideas with others. Incorporates feedback and direction received from the Director/Supervisor.
Makes decisions in a timely manner. Accepts accountability for own actions.
Ability to deliver work on time and meet set performance objectives.

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