30 / 01 / 2017
  full time

Chimney Germany is currently looking for an experienced Rigging & Animation Pipeline TD for our Frankfurt/Main VFX and animation studio. The primary job responsibilities include the creation of creature and character rigs that are optimized for key frame animation and setting up tools to further optimize our animation pipeline. The ideal candidate has at least 5 years of rigging experience, preferably in feature films and has experience in maintaining pipeline as well as animation tools. Knowledge of the fundamentals of anatomy and animation is critical, as well as the ability to give and accept feedback and work well with a team of animators, producers and supervisors. The ideal candidate has a strong preference for working in a highly creative, innovative, small development environment. A demonstrated Intermediate skill level and up with; Maya, Python, and QT.

Our offer

  • A yearlong contract with the option to extend
  • Work on German and international commercials & feature films
  • A dynamic and international work-environment
  • Fair compensation
  • Friendly atmosphere


  • Provide all aspects of character and creature rigging
  • Work with Pipeline Management team to identify and implement existing and new features
  • Attend daily scrum meetings
  • Design and build QT UI toolsets to augment the existing rigging pipeline
  • Works with production team to create the desired animation tools and workflows
  • Attend production meetings as needed for information and requirements gathering
  • Write Technical Briefs and provide supporting documentation
  • Identify early areas of improvement; escalate issues as needed
  • Various tasks assigned as needed


  • BA Computer Science, Math, or similar discipline (PLUS)
  • 2+ years’ experience in VFX, Gaming, or similar development environment
  • Good understanding of rigging for VFX
  • Solid knowledge of Maya rigging procedures & software design
  • Maya, Python, QT (REQUIRED)
  • C++, Maya API, Shotgun, 3DsMax, Nuke (PLUS)
  • Experience delivering complete milestones/tasks under tight deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Eye for detail, initiative, and excellent organizational skills
  • Team player and able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong trouble shooting/problem solving ability 


  • Modelling and life drawing skills
  • Animation skills
  • Insight into Houdini, Nuke, Vray, Yeti, Zbrush and Mudbox

About Chimney

Chimney delivers full service solutions for commercial communicators and the entertainment industry within the moving image segment. These services include concept development, production, post-production and delivery, as well as distribution. Our work has earned us many prizes including the Academy Award and the Cannes Palme D’Or. The company employs over 300 people in 12 cities all over the world. We are a dynamic and entrepreneurial owner-led business, always aiming to expand and grow. Our products range from full campaigns to dedicated individual films and include work, such as television commercials, live media, feature films, corporate films, interactive films, music videos, event films as well as web and mobile films.


Please send an email with the subject line „Rigging & Pipeline TD at Chimney Frankfurt”, including your CV and showreel to Patrick Franz: