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Lead Animator

Company: Ascendant Studios
Location: San Rafael
Posted on: November 12, 2019

Job Description:

Ascendant Studios is a brand new Triple-A video game studio, located in downtown San Rafael, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded by industry veterans of such games as Dead Space, Call of Duty: WW2, and Telltale's The Walking Dead, Ascendant Studios is striving to create games that are original and groundbreaking. We combine deep industry knowledge with strong innovation and a fierce creative spirit.
We are looking for a Lead Animator to help bring our first title to life. This is a full time, on site position at our office in San Rafael, California. In addition to a solid animation background and technical skills, our ideal candidate has previous experience shipping AAA titles and setting up pipelines.
Key Responsibilities

  • Help drive AAA quality standards, establish guidelines and requirements for animation across the title
  • Collaborate with engineering and design teams to define animation pipeline and associated workflows
  • Hire, mentor, train and provide feedback to other animation team members
  • Animate a variety of character types, creatures, and environmental objects using a blend of keyframe and mo-cap. Iterate on animations based on gameplay requirements and artistic direction
  • Collaborate with programmers and tech artists to implement animations into the Unreal Engine
  • Actively contribute to the growth and success of our new start up studio. Lead by example, including demonstrating a willingness to give and receive constructive feedback, collaborate with others to share techniques, ideas and best practices
    Requirements
    • 5+ years of experience as an animator in the video game industry, with a preference of previous work on AAA titles.
    • At least one year in an animation leadership position
    • Completed at least one AAA production cycle, from inception to ship
    • Previous work with Unreal Engine 4, including using blueprints and state machine
    • Experienced in setting up pipelines and processes for both cinematic and in-game animation
    • Proficiency in working with external teams, including sending out packages of work, giving feedback, and generally setting them up to succeed
    • Expert proficiency with Maya
    • Solid foundational animation skills, such as timing, weight, and human anatomy
    • Ability to work independently, problem solve on the fly, and collaborate efficiently across disciplines in a small, fast moving team
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, great time management and organization skills
      Good to Have
      • Experience with rigging and rig creation
      • Familiar with the Unreal A.R.T. V1 for both rigging and animation
      • Previous work with motion capture recording and processing, directing motion capture shoots
      • Tools writing and Python/MEL scripting experience
      • Familiar with Motion Builder

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