Monday, March 1, 2010


Job Duties(s): Asset Management, R & D/New Technology, Rigging (Character), Rigging (Skeletal), Shader Writer / Creation, Special / VFX / Particle Systems, Tools
Software Utilized: Photoshop, MAYA, Havok
Platform(s): Unannounced, PS3, XBOX 360
Start Date: Immediately

Idol Minds is seeking an experienced technical artist to envision, design, and implement methods and technologies that ensure the smoothest possible content creation path. This position will interface various other disciplines, so strong communication and teamwork skills are highly valued.

Idol Minds is an independent game developer for the PS3 and other consoles. We are ideally located in Colorado between Denver and Boulder next to the Rocky Mountains. Our company offers a relaxed and fun work environment, competitive salary, royalties, moving expenses, health and dental insurance, and a 401k plan. Our location offers close proximity to countless outdoor and metropolitan activities.
The people we're looking for are well organized; detail-oriented, and enjoy working in a relaxed team atmosphere. If you are a talented and highly skilled individual with a passion for playing and creating exciting games, we would like you to work for us.

o Work with Art Director and other leads to design, manage, and maintain content creation pipelines
o Develop processes and methods to reduce technical errors on the part of artists
o Design and build tools and scripts that allow artists to focus on art, rather than technical issues
o Find creative solutions to technical problems that arise throughout the development cycle
o Be a liaison between art and programming staffs
o Provide clear documentation of all tools and procedures
o Instruct junior artists in the technical aspects of asset creation

o A fundamental understanding of console architectures and their limitations related to content creation
o Ability to design and build complex tools and scripts in Maya
o A deep understanding of Maya’s tools and how to get the most out of them
o A clear communicator who enjoys collaborating with others to understand the needs of all departments
o Full understanding of next gen technologies such as shader development and lighting models

o 3-5 years of game development in a technical artist role
o Multiple shipped titles

o Passionate about games and game development
o Next-generation development experience
o Experience writing real-time shaders
o College degree