At Bardel, our greatest asset is our people. With multiple series currently in production, we are always looking for exceptional talent to join our winning team!

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Rigging Lead to work collaboratively with our Emmy award winning studio team across some of our amazing productions. As a Rigging lead, you will be responsible for ensuring the technical and creative success of all rigging requirements of the production, while respecting the established overall look of the show. 

What you will be doing:

  • Working with the asset supervisor you will be responsible for establishing workflows for your production
  • Oversee the daily activities, Training and tasking artists for your production. 
  • Collaborate closely with the other creative teams In order to successfully meet the show’s technical and creative needs
  • Troubleshoot, maintain and improve rigs in production, while ensuring their stability for the animation team
  • Research and recommend techniques and ideas to the studios asset supervisor to improve production
  • Lead the team to deliver the show needs on time and to the expected quality standards
  • Meet production deadlines and maintain regular communication with the production team (Anticipating, communicating, and troubleshooting any creative or technical issues)
  • Keep current on pipeline techniques and technology
  • Communicate with the asset supervisor and other team leads about any production issues or general concerns ahead of time.
  • Develop character, prop and related rigging and frameworks (including skeletal system, skinning, workflows, and user interface) working in conjunction with the Asset Supervisor, CG Supervisor and other department heads
  • Define and streamline CG character rigging workflows, pipelines and processes, developing tools and frameworks for CG characters and other related assets
  • Troubleshoot and evaluate character-rigging issues for artists within various disciplines
  • Develop and document workflows, tools, scripts/plug-ins and best practices to enhance the productivity of animators
  • Be a positive and creative influence while building a healthy work and team culture. 
  • Help guide the artists overall professional development by mentoring and maintaining a positive morale within the team.

What you bring with you:

  • 5+ years quality experience in rigging capacity
  • At least 2 years of leadership/mentoring experience.
  • TV / Animation / Film production experience a must
  • Strong technical background and scripting prowess (Maya, Python, MEL), with the ability to grasp new programs and systems quickly
  • Excellent command of human anatomy, volume and weight, dynamics and character motion
  • Superlative written and verbal communication skills and a collaborative, supportive approach to working with other team members

Extra points if you have:

  • Background in traditional animation, visual arts and life drawing, with a solid sense of movement and form
  • Experience with R&D requirements gathering and authoring production documentation, creating templates, libraries and tools  
  • Sound understanding of the animation process from storyboard to modelling to texturing, animation and rendering
  • Advanced, applied technical computer animation knowledge such as lighting rigs, rendering, dynamics, and other related scripting, interface and tools development

Why work at Bardel?

We’ve got great people, and for good reasons! Bardel offers work on exciting high-profile projects, a generous compensation/benefits package, and a fantastic company culture fueled by career development and artistic skill enhancement. Every day you will collaborate with other influential, career-minded, creative professionals from around the world.

What we want to see in your application:  

Tell us why YOU are the person for the position and how you meet the position’s criteria. Forward us your current resume and samples of your work (eg. a link to your website or reel – don’t hesitate to show off a little!). 

How to apply:

Please apply below in this form or visit our Job Portal to apply.  

Thank You!

We thank all applicants who express an interest in being part of the Bardel team. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of submissions received, we will only be in touch with those that are determined to be a compelling match for one of our current openings.

Candidates applying from outside of British Columbia must be willing and able to relocate to British Columbia, Canada (either working in-studio or remote in BC). Bardel's talent mobility program offers support to candidates in obtaining proper work authorization and residency. Note, employment prior to relocation begins as independent contracts.

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