R&D Technical Artist - Disney Consumer Products & Interactive

Job Summary:
The Tech Artist will be responsible for building animation rigs, tools, scripts and shaders, maintain pipelines and provided technical support for artists on our Augmented Reality experiences. This unique position requires a motivated, talented, and creative individual to collaborate with multiple disciplines to create the next set of great experiences for Disney’s AR platform.

As a Tech Artist on the Connected Experiences team, you will be involved in product brainstorms, pre-production prototyping, and product releases. Ideally we’re looking for someone who can serve as a bridge between art, engineering, and design.

30% - Develop the appropriate technical tools, shaders and pipelines to be leveraged by artists and animators
20% - Build a wide variety of high-quality rigs in Maya for the Unity engine (bipedal, quadrupedal, N-pedal and other creatures)
20% - Collaborate with engineers to build features and solve creative technical problems
10% Assist animators and artists with troubleshooting. Issues may include animation, rigs, shaders and FX
5% - Participate in visual critiques and brainstorms

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 3-5 years of game development experience
  • Multi-disciplined person with a deep understanding of art workflows and content development pipelines
  • Strong knowledge of particle systems, visual effects, lighting and dynamics
  • Possesses and acute understanding of art and visual design aesthetics and techniques for 2D, 3D, animation, layout, color theory, lighting, and UI design
  • Experience with tool integration into new or existing pipelines
  • Outstanding creativity and drive; excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with Gen 4 material/shader development using HLSL and PBR techniques
  • Expert knowledge of Maya
  • Extensive experience with Unity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for research and development is desirable
  • Experience working on AR/VR products is a plus
  • Sense of humor and a positive, enthusiastic attitude

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