Senior Technical Artist: Performance Capture Tools

May 24, 2024
Carlsbad, United States
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

At Rockstar Games, we create world-class entertainment experiences.

A career at Rockstar Games is about being part of a team working on some of the most creatively rewarding and ambitious projects to be found in any entertainment medium. You would be welcomed to a dedicated and inclusive environment where you can learn, and collaborate with some of the most talented people in the industry. 

Rockstar Games is looking for a passionate Senior Technical Artist to work with our award-winning development team. You will have the opportunity to develop new tools and technologies, improve pipelines, and manage complex workflows for the vast amount of files and assets that make up our games. This is a full-time, in-office position based out of Rockstar’s new state-of-the-art game development studio in Carlsbad, CA. 


  • Interact closely with our various stage, post, and animation teams, in addition to Tech Art and IT.
  • Support performance capture pipelines and workflows.
  • Collaborate closely with the animation pipeline team to ensure seamless back and forth between the performance capture and animation departments and their processes.
  • Continually innovate while solving technical problems throughout all phases of production.


  • Design, develop, and support Python tools and processes to enhance our stakeholders’ pipelines.
  • Leverage automated solutions to efficiently process large amounts of data.
  • Write various types of automated tests for new and existing code.
  • Write clear documentation for tools and workflows created.
  • Participate in discussions and brainstorming sessions with developers and stakeholders.
  • Provide thorough, thoughtful, and useful feedback during code reviews. 
  • Engage in team-based problem solving to diagnose unexpected issues within the realms of virtual production and animation, including troubleshooting our systems in a live, stage environment.
  • Embrace your role as a senior by working independently and forging connections in all teams.


  • 5+ years of professional experience as a Technical Artist or similar role writing tools.
  • Experience working through several full game production cycles or equivalent experience working on long term projects or toolsets.


  • Ability to effectively communicate, provide feedback, and mentor teammates. 
  • Comfortable bringing forward and actioning new ideas to improve technology and processes.
  • Excellent programming skills in Python with a strong ability to produce clean, readable code.
  • Solid understanding of version control systems and related best practices.
  • Working knowledge of both Windows and Linux.
  • Experience writing the following:
    • Qt based applications in Python via PySide or PyQt.
    • Tools and plugins in at least one DCC (Maya, MotionBuilder, etc).
    • Tools for virtual production stages, layout teams, and/or animation teams.
  • Experience writing database and event driven toolchains.
  • Experience supporting large, legacy codebases.


Please note that these items are desirable and not required to apply for the position.

  • 3+ years of industry experience using optical motion capture technology.
  • 1+ years of industry experience using markerless facial motion capture technology.
  • 3+ years of experience with writing Qt based tools and plugins in MotionBuilder.
  • 2+ years of experience working with Python 3.
  • Experience converting Python 2 codebases to Python 3.
  • Experience with OpenCV, OpenTimelineIO, USD, Rez.
  • Experience with leveraging CI/CD systems to automate testing and deployment of tools.
  • Experience with common database query languages, APIs, and structuring data.
  • Experience with writing Qt based applications in C++.
  • Experience and/or interest in integrating web technologies into desktop environments.
  • Passion for playing and making video games.


Please apply with a resume and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the skills above. If we would like to move forward with your application, a Rockstar recruiter will reach out to you to explain next steps and guide you through the process.

Rockstar is committed to creating a work environment that promotes equal opportunity, dignity and respect. In line with this commitment, Rockstar will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities during the recruitment process in order for such applicants to be considered for the position for which they are applying, as well as to qualified employees to enable them to perform the essential functions of their roles. If you need more information about Rockstar’s reasonable accommodation policies or process, or need to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department.                                   

If you’ve got the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from all suitable candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, race, or any other protected category.

The pay range for this position in San Diego at the start of employment is expected to be between the range below* per year. However, base pay offered is based on market location, and may vary further depending on individualized factors for job candidates, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations. Subject to those same considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a bonus and/or equity awards, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an "at-will position" and the company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.


*San Diego Pay Range
$98,400$145,620 USD
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