3D Character Animator Maya

Los Angeles, California | Freelance | Job ID #49638 |
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Our client, a transmedia studio that creates digital character, is seeking a 3D Character Animator to join the team.

You will report to the Director of Design, and be responsible for:

  • Creating facial and full body keyframe animation in Maya.
  • Working with facial and bull body motion capture data to clean, apply and implement data.
  • Creating appealing character poses in Maya based on reference photos.
  • Working closely with other artists to help improve pipeline, rigs, and animations.
  • Collaborating with other artists across disciplines to solve problems and proactively find new opportunities for improvement.
  • Working closely with developers to bring animations into real-time environments.


  • 3-5 years VFX experience with strong understanding of animation pipelines, including character and motion capture setups.
  • Strong Maya chops, with Standard 3D generalist skills a huge plus.
  • Portfolio should showcase animation experience of human, Pixar-like characters including faces
  • Solid technical fundamentals, including debugging and problem-solving skills with Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with motion capture pipelines, as well as experience with game engines and animation for games a big plus.
  • Candidates who will be the best fit for the team are kind and endlessly curious.
  • Passion for music, contemporary art, fashion, and/or pop culture is a huge plus.

Does this sound like you? Apply today! 

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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