Careers

We're on the lookout for talented and passionate individuals who strive for quality, collaboration and growth. Are you a future Rockie?!

We are Floating Rock!

A small animation studio born out of the creative powerhouse that is Wellington's Film Industry.
We love our craft - but are not married to it. We discourage OT and value a work-life balance.
Want to develop new skills? Put your knowledge to the test on the next project that fits.

We are industry veterans embarking on our own journey to build a dream team and create incredible work.

Come craft our future with us!  

Open Positions

Expression of Interest - Mid / Senior Animator (NZ Based)

Location: New Zealand

We are industry veterans embarking on our own journey to build a dream team and create incredible work. Come craft our future with us!  

We are accepting the expression of interest for a full-time and experienced Mid or Senior Animators, based in New Zealand to join our growing studio.

Tasks

  • Create highest quality creature animation with as much autonomy as possible

  • Ensure the overall quality and consistency of animations across the project, reviewing and providing feedback to maintain high standards.

  • Act as a point of contact for troubleshooting and resolving complex technical and artistic issues related to creature animation.

  • Provide leadership and mentorship to the creature animation team, offering guidance and support to junior animators.

  • Work with the production team to optimize the creature animation pipeline, streamlining processes for increased efficiency without compromising quality.

  • Communicate effectively with production, supervisor and leads addressing concerns, providing updates, and incorporating feedback to meet project deadlines

Nice to have

  • Extensive experience as an Animator in the VFX or animation industry, with a strong portfolio showcasing a variety of creature animations.

  • Attention to detail

  • Advanced proficiency in animation software (e.g., Autodesk Maya) and a deep understanding of creature anatomy, movement, and behavior.

  • The ability to work autonomously and own portions of the content pipeline

  • Team spirit! We’re a start up and building a great team is important to us

  • Organized, proactive and a self-starter

  • A team player and clear communicator, and a keenness for collaboration

  • Adaptable and with a willingness to learn new skills and techniques

  • Strong problem-solving skills, particularly in addressing complex technical and artistic challenges.


Senior Asset Artist (Expression of Interest)

Location:  Wellington, New Zealand

Job Summary:

At Floating Rock animation studio, we're not just about fancy words and empty promises. We believe actions speak louder than paragraphs filled with fluff. Our mission is simple: to push the boundaries of imagination and deliver exceptional work. We're seeking an asset lead who shares our passion for bringing purposeful creatures to life. If you're ready to join a team that thrives on creativity, strives for excellence, and embraces audacity, then this is the opportunity you've been waiting for.


Responsibilities:

  • Creates character models of the highest visual and technical quality

  • Strong spatial awareness and a good sense of form, scale and anatomy
    Primary task would be organic and character modelling, but we want an artist that feel comfortable doing all types of modelling (hard-surface, environment, vehicles,etc..)

  • A full working knowledge of modelling in any one or more of these packages: Maya, Blender and Zbrush

  • A good understanding of textures and lookdev

  • Implement productivity-enhancing tools and solutions for technical and team issues

  • Ensure artistic quality and technical continuity across the project.


Qualifications:

             MUST HAVE

  • Understanding the requirements of retopology for high-end VFX movies

  • Previous experience with hero asset

  

            GOOD TO HAVE

  • General 3D Artist skills, Texture, lookdev or grooming experience

  • Extensive technical knowledge in creature assets 

  • Attention to details

  • Good experience with Facial blendshapes

  • Experience with Houdini, Unreal, Marvelous Designer and CySlice or eager to learn

  • The ability to work autonomously and own portions of the content pipeline

  • Organised, pro-active and a self-starter

  • A team player and clear communicator, and a keenness for collaboration

  • Adaptable and with a willingness to learn new skills and techniques


Package:

  • 1 year contractor employment (possibility to move full time employee after that)

  • Return flights and 2 week accommodation (if relocating from overseas)

  • Work permit (excluding medical exams costs)

  • 40h00 to 45h00 a week, every hour paid if overtime

CFX Artist (Wellington based)

Location: Wellington based

We are industry veterans embarking on our own journey to build a dream team and create incredible work. Come craft our future with us!

We are looking for a full-time and experienced Mid or Senior CFX artist to join our amazing creature shows. 26 creatures are awaiting your talents.

This is a 6 months contract from February - July 2024. We will only accept the applications from artists who are currently based in Wellington, New Zealand and able to work in New Zealand legally without visa sponsorship.

Tasks

  • Ability to simulate and create high quality deformations for characters and creatures throughout shots

  • Providing revisions and troubleshooting deformations based on supervisor/client feedback

Experience

  • Understanding and ability to simulate using Ziva or houdini

  • High level of understanding of creature and human anatomy

  • Knowledgeable and comfortable building rigs in maya

  • Python scripting

Nice to have

  • Attention to details

  • The ability to work autonomously and own portions of the content pipeline

  • Team spirit! We’re a start up and building a great team is important to us

  • Organised, proactive and a self-starter

  • A team player and clear communicator, and a keenness for collaboration

  • Adaptable and with a willingness to learn new skills and techniques

Want to be a Rockie?

Send us your reel, resume, or expression of interest to jobs@floating-rock.com