3D Maya Rigger (Experienced)

  • London  
    perm, remote, temp to perm  
    Competitive depending on experience  
  • Company
    Blue Zoo Animation Studio  
    Start date
  • Closing date
    20 April 2021  
    Posted on
    18 February 2021  

About The Role:

Our short-form department is responsible for creating everything at Blue Zoo that is not long-form/episodic. This includes TV commercials, short-form content for brands/organisations and adopting new technology platforms such as VR & AR, with strong character animation underpinning everything we do. 

We are currently recruiting for talented and experienced Riggers to work alongside our short-form and commercials team. We are looking for talented riggers, who mix elegant technical skills with creative problem solving, to create rigs that animators love to animate with.

Day to Day:

  • Designing, creating, testing and maintaining a broad variety of asset setups.
  • Collaborating with animators to design user-friendly rigs and troubleshooting issues as they arise.
  • Providing technical feedback to other departments as necessary and working with production management to prioritise tasks.
  • Liaising with the CG supervisor to assess the rigging requirements for a project and help planning what’s required for a project’s success.
  • Working across a number of projects and rigs, helping provide support to multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Processing and integrating assets from external clients. At times working with other companies to ensure rigs meet the requirements of the studio.
  • Developing tools to help speed up workflows and processes.

About You:

Must Have:

  • Extensive knowledge of Maya's deformation systems and 3D principles.
  • Expertise in Python and Maya commands are essential. Additional knowledge of the Maya API is considered a big plus.
  • Experience in modular, object oriented programming, and collaborating in group repositories.
  • An extremely thorough and keen eye for detail, and able to produce consistent, quality assured rigs across projects.
  • Ability to be organised and be able to keep track of assets, scripts and tools.
  • Able to work collaboratively, as well as independently.

Bonus Points:

  • Self-motivated.
  • Able to take direction and willing to address constructive feedback.
  • Able to communicate clearly with colleagues.
  • Able to work collaboratively, as well as independently.
  • Have an appreciation of accuracy and pay close attention to detail.
  • Be able to deliver on schedule, working calmly and efficiently under pressure.

About Us:

Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated CG animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs along the way. 
The studio is going through an exciting period of growth and we are building a studio that is full of amazingly talented, happy artists, making work they are proud of, which in turn makes a small contribution to a happier world. 
We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated by change. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other's differences and seek to understand fresh perspectives. 


What we’ve got for you (benefits):

  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019 and 2020!
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme.
  • Many fun social events throughout the year - even though they have to be remote for the foreseeable!
  • Bi-monthly staff feedback and engagement programme.
  • Friday "beer o'clock" and talks programme!
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including loads of discounts and offers.
  • Online wellbeing programme.
  • Profit participation (for staff who have been with us for 2+ years).

Blue Zoo is committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive studio that promotes and values diversity and invites everyone to ‘bring their whole selves’ to work. We believe that companies that truly embrace and value diversity, and create an environment where everyone from any background can do their best work, are better companies. 

To be engaged our people have to feel included and valued. We work hard to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is embedded in the way we work, not just an initiative. We strive to engender a studio community that feels a deep sense of pride and commitment that transcends any role, department or level and works together to produce excellent and engaging work.

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