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Character TD

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 748567BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Feb. 14, 2020

Job Summary:

We are hiring Character TDs with an emphasis in technical animation to join our team in creating the most appealing character rigs on the planet!

Our ideal candidate has strong technical skills, an astute artistic sense, and a pinch of mad scientist. Our Character TDs are challenged to not only create incredible simulation or animation rigs as part of our Character Asset Teams, but also plus every shot in the film with breathtaking character effects work.

You will work closely with the industry's top talent in fields ranging from design and modeling through animation to bring our characters to life.


  • Character effects for shot production, including cloth and hair simulation, and final character polishing
  • Collaborate directly with Character Asset Team members: Directors, Character Designers, Animators, Modelers, and Look Development Artists to define and create the best simulation or animation rigs for a wide range of character styles and art directions
  • Responsible for the creation and downstream success of each character


  • Experience in hair and/or cloth simulation
  • Exceptional artistic and technical skills
  • Solid understanding of Python scripting
  • Experience on 3-5 CG feature film productions
  • Experience working in collaborative environments and taking direction
  • Solid understanding of the principles of animation
  • Extensive knowledge of anatomy, kinematics, and physical behaviors
  • Strong problem-solving ability
  • Comfort with Linux environments
  • Experience in character rigging is a plus
  • Experience in Modeling a plus
  • Experience in C++ a plus
  • Bachelor's degree in Art, Illustration, Computer Graphics, Engineering, related field or equivalent experience

Application Materials

  • A reel and reel breakdown (technical and visual) of your recent and/or past Character TD and technical animation work
  • Cloth simulation rigs that demonstrate an understanding of tailoring and fabric quality under a broad range of motion
  • Examples of broad motion in rigs
  • A resume that details your work history
  • Art directed simulation a plus
  • Post simulation finaling and anatomy sculpting a plus
  • Supplemental portfolio of drawing or sculpture reflecting an understanding of anatomy a plus

The Walt Disney Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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