Character Technical Director

Breaking Walls
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June 3, 2024
Full Time
Montreal, QC

As the Character Technical Director at Breaking Walls, you will be pivotal in bringing our game characters to life, ensuring they move and interact in realistic and engaging ways within our historical action game. This role combines technical expertise and creative acumen to bridge the gap between art and technology. 



  • Rigging and Skinning: Create and maintain robust rigs for a variety of characters and creatures. Ensure rigs are efficient and intuitive for animators to use. 
  • Motion Capture Integration: Work closely with the animation team to refine and implement motion capture data into realistic and historically accurate character animations. 
  • Technical Animation: Develop and manage complex animation systems that allow for nuanced character behaviors and interactions within the game environment. 
  • Tool Development: Design and develop tools and systems to streamline the animation process, enhancing productivity and consistency across the animation team. 
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with the Art Director, Animators, and Game Engineers to ensure that animations are well integrated with the game mechanics and visual style. 
  • Quality Assurance: Ensure that character movements adhere to technical constraints of the game engine and maintain a high standard of quality and efficiency. 


Required Skills and Experience: 

  • Proven Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience in character technical direction within the gaming or related industry. 
  • Expertise in Rigging: Strong skills in rigging and skinning complex characters and creatures. 
  • Proficiency with Animation Software: Extensive knowledge of animation software like Maya, 3DS Max, or similar tools. 
  • Familiarity with Game Engine: Experience with and understanding how to optimize animations within game constraints. 
  • Technical Problem Solving: Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to develop and implement efficient solutions for animation challenges. 


Preferred Skills and Experience: 

  • Metahuman: Experience with Metahuman Rig and Workflow 
  • Historical Accuracy: A keen interest in historical settings and a commitment to maintaining accuracy in the portrayal of character movements and interactions. 
  • Team Leadership: Experience leading or mentoring technical artists or animators, fostering a collaborative and innovative environment. 
  • Motion Capture Technology: Advanced experience with motion capture technology, from setup to integration and final adjustments in-game. 
  • Custom Tool Development: Proficiency in scripting and creating custom tools, particularly in Python or MEL, to enhance animation workflows. 
  • Degree in a Relevant Field: A degree in Animation, Computer Science, or a related field is highly advantageous.
Breaking Walls

Breaking Walls is a Montreal-based indie game development studio committed to creating unique and immersive gaming experiences. Our flagship project, AWAY: The Survival Series is an ambitious survival game set in a breathtaking environment. With a dedicated team of creative professionals, we aim to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling and deliver unforgettable gaming adventures. 


How We Work 

To meet our high standards, we provide our team with the autonomy, tools, and support they need to excel. 

Let's be clear: life at Breaking Walls is exhilarating. 

We're on the cutting edge of gaming technology, setting trends, and creating groundbreaking experiences. 

This journey is not for the faint-hearted; it demands passion, commitment, and an insatiable curiosity for what's next. 


Why We Want You 

We want you on the team because you relish challenges. Because you think outside the box. Because you hate the status quo. 

We want you because you have the talent it takes to succeed, and the ambition to figure things out when talent isn't enough. 

We especially want you because you want to collaborate with the best in the industry to create something truly spectacular. 

Featured Game

In AWAY: The Survival Series, play as a tiny sugar glider in your very own nature documentary! Glide among the trees, fight dangerous predators, and explore beautiful environments as you embark on a high-flying journey to save your family.

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