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Reel FX Recruiting Rigging Artist & Technical Director

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Rigging Artist & Technical Director


Reel FX Creative Studios, the award winning animation studio behind The Book of Life, is expanding its creative reach to include its newest office in Montreal. Recruitment for all of our projects, including the new animated feature Ugly Dolls directed by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Desperado, Spy Kids), is in progress with openings in the new Montreal location.

Based in Dallas for over 20 years, we’ve collaborated with Warner Bros, Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Illumination and Google among others, with a passion for excellence on every project. From short film, branded content, ride film, or full length animated feature work, the team is constantly pushing for advancements in creativity, style, and process. The focus on superior craftsmanship and collaborative problem solving is at the core of Reel FX ethos.

Reel FX is looking for an experienced LEAD RIGGING artist for an immediate spot in our Montreal Studio.


Work with the Rigging Supervisor to ensure the Animation Department receives character, prop, and vehicle rigs in a timely manner, and with the optimal rigging solution to meet production’s needs.
Keep the Rigging Supervisor informed of any issues regarding staffing, resources, and deadlines.
Provide any technical direction on models, so when an asset enters Rigging, it may meet the requirements to achieve appealing deformations to match production artwork.
Competently utilize existing rigging toolset and pipeline, as well as researching and implementing technological improvements.
Communicate and collaborate with off-site team members on global projects.
Review Rigging Artists’ work and provide constructive feedback to create optimal performance rigs, in addition to guiding them to become better artists overall.
Balance available resources with project expectations and requests.
Build and maintain rigs to Animation specifications.
Keep current on rigging techniques and technology.
Troubleshoot and maintain rig functionality during production.
Display a positive and professional manner.


Bachelor’s (BA) degree or equivalent experience.
Minimum four years experience rigging in feature film animation.
Minimum two years experience as a Rigging Lead.
Good understanding of animation and modeling workflows.
Good understanding of human and animal form and biomechanics.
Proficiency in current versions of Maya.
Knowledge in Python, Mel Script.
Knowledge in C and Maya API is an advantage.
Comfortable reading and performing math, specifically trigonometry and linear algebra, concepts is appreciated.
Strong problem solving skills.
Open to direction and able to adjust to change.
Able to multitask and prioritize.
Able to thrive in a high pressure, deadline oriented environment.

This job description is not meant to be all inclusive. Employee may be required to perform other duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Please note that Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents will be considered in priority.

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