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[Full Time] [Remote] Senior Pipeline and Rigging Developer (TD) with Hero Forge

Job Title: Senior Pipeline and Rigging Developer (TD)

Reporting To: Art Director

Location: Remote


We’re a small team with big ideas. Sky Castle Studios is a fully remote company, centered in Santa Monica, California. We’re a group of talented artists, developers, character riggers, 3D modelers, in-house customer service agents, and gamers and nerds of all stripes. When we’re not brainstorming and creating new platforms, we’re a bunch of friends who enjoy sharing the latest developments in geek culture, exploring new technologies, and sharing our creative endeavors!

If you’re interested in working with us you should be a self-starter with initiative. We won’t be looking over your shoulder, unless you’re showing us the cool new thing you just designed!

Our bread and butter is heroforge.com but we’re often expanding to other products and websites.

Visit our Career Page for a full list of Hero Forge’s open positions!


Sky Castle Studios offers a comprehensive suite of benefits including:

  • Competitive salary based on experience.
  • Fully remote employment with flexible scheduling.
  • Health insurance, vision, and dental coverage for US employees.
  • Membership to One Medical if available in your city.
  • 401k with 6% company matching for US employees after 6 months.
  • 15 days of paid vacation per year.
  • 80 hours of paid sick time per year.
  • 11 paid company holidays per year, plus a week of paid summer vacation and a week of paid holiday vacation.
  • And much more!

Pipeline and Rigging Developer Job Description:

Sky Castle Studios is currently seeking a Pipeline and Rigging Developer (TD) with 2+ years of professional programming & rigging experience, including experience making tools for rigging, animation, or game/animation pipelines, experience skinning, and experience setting up rigs, IK/FK, and constraints.

  • Work closely with Hero Forge’s internal art team to integrate and maintain Maya pipeline features and bring new 3D assets & features to the company’s online character builder. 
  • Assist with the production of 3D assets for the company’s website by developing, maintaining, and troubleshooting Maya pipeline tools.
  • Assist the art team with rigging tasks related to the development of new website assets as needed.

Pipeline and Rigging Developer Responsibilities:

In addition to the above, the Pipeline and Rigging Developer will…

  • Design new Maya tools to support Hero Forge’s existing Maya pipeline, and periodically update and maintain the company’s existing Maya tools.
  • Create new user interfaces (UI) and tools to assist the Hero Forge art team and work in partnership with the company’s programmers and art team to ensure the development of the best possible assets.
  • Create video tutorials and other training documentation to demonstrate the use of various Maya tool features and assist with departmental training.
  • Actively engage with the art team in collaborative discussions concerning technical approaches and problem solving.

Pipeline and Rigging Developer Job Requirements:

The Pipeline and Rigging Developer must have…

  • Required:  2+ years experience in a production environment working on games, film, or television as a tools programmer, tools developer, or rigger.  
    • This is not an entry level position.
  • Required: A comprehensive knowledge of Maya with demonstrable Maya rigging pipeline skills for mechanical and character preparation.
  • Solid knowledge of rigging systems.
  • Proficiency in Maya and Python.
  • In-depth knowledge of FK/IK systems.

Preferred Skills for the Pipeline and Rigging Developer:

  • Strong creative and technical abilities.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • A positive attitude and the ability to be self-motivated.
  • A love of tabletop roleplaying games is a plus!

At Sky Castle Studios, diversity is not just a core value, but a foundation of what we do.  We strive to embrace our differences in the workplace, and to promote respectful representation of all people through the content we create.  Diversity brings fresh perspectives that help us to better serve our community.  Wherever you come from, and whatever background you bring, we’re excited to hear from you!  

Sky Castle Studios is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religious creed, observance, or practice, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

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