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Character Simulation Trainee

Apply Now Apply Later Current 21CF Employees and Freelance / Contractors Apply Here Job ID R10010433 Location Greenwich, Connecticut, United States Business Blue Sky Studios Date posted Feb. 11, 2020


The Character Simulation Artist has a broad range of responsibilities that revolve around running dynamic simulations (garments, hair, skin, muscle) to enhance and support the animated character's performance. Character Simulation trainee should have resourceful problem solving skills, strong visual aesthetics, working knowledge of Maya or Houdini, scripting skills (python is a plus), and a practical understanding of dynamic motion in either of the described areas.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Assign physical properties to the cloth and work with Character TDs to create non-physical controls so they can be animated in an appealing, predictable and efficient way.

  • Work closely with animators to achieve the desired performances in shots where the garments appear.

  • Shadow team members in Character Simulation and complete learning assignments and show assignments.


Education, Skills, Abilities:

  • BS or MS in Animation, Fine Arts, Computer Science, Computer Visualization or related studies.

  • Open to graduates whose graduations dates fall within: Spring 2017 - Spring 2020

  • General Maya and Houdini knowledge

  • Resourcefulness and basic problem solving skills

  • Basic understanding or curiosity to understand dynamic systems

  • Basic aesthetic sensibility for character and motion

  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work.  This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it. Blue Sky Studio management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

About Blue Sky Studios:

One of the world's largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of 20th Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation. Blue Sky Studios is the animation studio behind the wildly successful ICE AGE and RIO franchises, along with this year's FERDINAND animated feature film!

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 Blue Sky Studios, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Blue Sky Studios.

Blue Sky Studios, Inc. 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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