1. Develop in-house rigging system under the supervision of R&D leader
2. Maintain and polish current rigging system
3. Develop Maya plug-ins with C++ and Python
4. Create tests and validation procedures to assure software quality
1. Hands on experience primarily with C++ , Python and software engineering
2. High level knowledge of linear algebra and computer graphics
3. Ability to solve problems creatively, and effectively
4. Knowledge on kinematic animation or rigging system a plus
5. Experience on Maya C++ API a strong plus
6. BS degree in Computer Science
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Light Chaser Reveals New Details, Release Date For ‘Little Door Gods’
Beijing-based Light Chaser Animation announced today that it will release its first feature, Little Door Gods, on January 1, 2016 in China. The studio’s stated goal is to create a “world-class animated film with a Chinese cultural touch.”
Written and directed by Light Chaser founder Gary Wang, the film takes its inspiration from the decorative home ornaments that many Asian cultures believe will protect their households from misfortune. In Little Door Gods,two Door Gods in modern-day China face unemployment in the spirit world, as few people believe in their spiritual powers anymore, and one of the gods decides to venture into the human world to create trouble in order to prove his value.Read More...
Light Chaser Animation to Release Little Door Gods on January 1, 2016
The Assets Supervisor is responsible for leading a the modeling/texture/look dev crew. Ensures the technical and creative success of modeling and surfacing in the animation film production. The Assets Supervisor should mentor, guide and support the artists and to be able to effectively supervise the modeling and surfacing team meets production deadlines. Solves technical production issues, defines workflows, and develops tools/frameworks for all assets in a feature animation film.
·Supervise the Assets team by developing looks and giving direction, May required to do hands on development and/or modeling or look dev work.Read More...
The Effects Supervisor is responsible for leading a team of Effects Artists in the creation and execution of shot work on a production. The Effects Supervisor identifying all effects in a sequence and clarifying with the Director, VFX Supervisor, and Art Dept. The Effects Supervisor should mentor, guide and support the artists and to be able to effectively supervise the Effects team technically and artistically.
Duties and Responsibilities
· Supervise the Effects team by developing looks and giving direction, required to do hands on development and/or shot work.
· Understand the Directors’ vision for a film.Read More...
China’s Answer to Pixar Unveils New 3-D Feature About Guardian Spirits
Mar 17, 2015 Wall Street Journal
Chinese web entrepreneur Gary Wang says though he’s always admired Pixar, he wants to improve upon the Hollywood animation studio’s model.
“The cost of Pixar’s film [production] is too high,” said Mr. Wang, who founded the video site Tudou.com in 2005, at the time China’s largest. “We won’t spend $100 million on a film but we also want to produce world-class work.”Read More...
Light Chaser Releases ‘Little Door Gods’ First Trailer
On its two-year anniversary, Beijing-based Light Chaser Animation Studios released the first trailer of Little Door Gods, its first feature-length family entertainment animated movie.Read More...
The Chinese animation firm aiming to rival Hollywood
Light Chaser Animation aims to make feature films to rival those of Hollywood studios Pixar and Dreamworks.
A familiar issue for many businesses these days is a scarcity of top talent.
Chinese film studio Light Chaser Animation has taken an unusual approach to help to solve this problem – it bought a robot.
The device is a “telepresence robot”, which it acquired from California-based Double Robotics. It consists of a battery-powered mobile platform to which an iPad is attached.
The wi-fi controlled device can move around the company’s offices and it allows animation director Colin Brady – who lives in Los Angeles and did not want to move to China – to communicate with the rest of the team in Beijing.
The “telepresence robot” allows a key US worker to communicate with the team
Technical Director, Rigging
Technical Director, Rigging
Responsible for shaping the characters 3D geometry and the delivery of a well-designed set of animation controls for manipulating that geometry in animated filmsRead More...
China’s Pixar Hires U.S. Talent,Raises Fresh Funds
Wall Street Journal 2014.6.30
A year-old Chinese animated-film studio has hired former employees of U.S. powerhouses such as Pixar,while raising $20 million in the latest round of venture-capital funding.
Light Chaser Animation Studios in Beijing now employs about 130 people — including some Westerners as well as over 20 Chinese “returnees”who have worked overseas in U.S. and French animated film industries.The studio plans to increase its staff to 160 by August,according to founder Gary Wang,a Chinese Internet entrepreneur who previously co-founded online video site Tudou in 2005.
Screenshot of Light Chaser Animation Studio’s short film, Little Yeyos. Light Chaser Animation Studio
China’s Light Chaser Animation Raises $20 Million From GGV Capital
The Hollywood Reporter 2014.6.20
China’s Light Chaser Animation Studios has closed a $20 million round of Series B funding, led by GGV Capital and Chengwei Capital.
Light Chaser was launched in March 2013 by Gary Wang, founder of Tudou.com, which was bought by rival Internet video company Youku.com in a $1 billion stock deal in 2012. Wang has said his ambition for the company is for it to be China’s answer to Pixar — a boutique studio “creating world-class animated films with a Chinese cultural touch.”Read More...
Animation Start-up ‘Light Chaser’ Scores Big Hit In China With First Short Film
Since its online release two weeks ago, the first short film from Gary Wang’s Light Chaser Animation Studio has scored close to 30 million clicks on Chinese video sites. The three-minute 3D film titled “Little Yeyos”, which means “Little Night Wanderers,” tells the simple story of seven chubby and baby-faced fairies roughhousing over a light-reflecting lapel pin.
Chinese audience online has mostly praised the production quality of the short film, especially its visual effects and the vivacity of the characters. Yet many found the storyline too plain, and the fairies somewhat similar to the “minions” in “Despicable Me,” except, the minions are cuter.Read More...
“Little Yeyos” – The first shot from Light Chaser Animation Studios
“Little Yeyos” is the first short film from Light Chaser Animation Studios, a start-up animation studios based in Beijing. Light Chaser Animation Studios was founded in 2013 by Gary Wang, the founder and ex-CEO of Tudou.com, China’s leading video sharing website. Our goal is to produce top quality animated films.Read More...
Mission & Values
Our mission is to combine technology and art to create unprecedented pieces of work.
- Best talents inspire each other: Light Chaser brings together the best talents from different fields. With highest level of integrity, we express openly, communicate thoroughly, and pursue perfection.
- Shared responsibility, shared success: Light Chaser belongs to each of its members. We share the responsibility of our mission as well as the fruits of success.
- Innovation comes from curiosity and fun: Light Chaser is filled with curiosity about the world. Our fun work environment inspires us in creating the best works and products.
- Equal emphasis on art and technology: Every work and product from Light Chaser pursues the perfect fusion of technology and art.
- Responsible for adding natural or supernatural characters or things to animated films, according to the requests from the VFX supervisors