Lead Animator - Sledgehammer Games

Job Title:Lead Animator - Sledgehammer Games
Requisition ID:R000046
Job Description:We are in search of a Lead Animator to guide a team in creating animation of absolute highest quality. We're only interested in the best of the best character animators with vision - if you're creating and inspiring the most complex, believable, human animations in a timely manner, then we want you.

Applicants must have at least 8 years' experience in character animation for games and a strong understanding of traditional animation fundamentals, with a range from stylized to realistic human animation. Experience with Maya and animation editing through the "Graph Editor" is a requirement. Applicant must have led teams in the past even as a 'Floor Lead'. Experience with tracking progress as well as working with production is a must. Past experience with motion capture editing and cleanup is preferred. Applicant must also have a strong understanding of camera animation, cinematic framing as well as shot continuity and facial animation.

An understanding of character creation (modeling, texturing and rigging) is a bonus. Applicants should be able to give concise feedback and be willing to do whatever it takes to achieve the polish level we require to deliver only AAA titles.

• 8 years professional animation experience
• Knowledge of Cinematic and Motion Capture Editing
• 2+ years' experience as a game animator (required)
• Strong animation fundamentals with a focus on human movement
• Ability to adapt to new tools and tech
• Expert animating in Maya
• Strong problem-solving skills both technical and cross department
• Can mentor Jr. Animators
• Ability to think philosophically of character movement
• Track progress of team assignment
• Balance scope of production
• Work to resolve cross department misalignment

Though this is an animation position, the team values well-rounded artists. A portfolio that shows strong character drawing, modeling and texturing skills, in addition to OUTSTANDING animation will be fully appreciated.

About Us:
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we're the video game development team behind Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII. Since our founding in 2009, making AAA games has been our greatest passion. The strength of our teams makes us not only excellent at what we do, but at how we do it. We firmly believe in supporting our talented employees to be the best they can be, whether they are artists, engineers, producers, or designers. Here at Sledgehammer Games, everyone is a gamemaker. We're a Call of Duty studio that prides itself on innovation and taking risks, which is one of the most rewarding aspects of game development. With world-class audio, design, engineering, and art teams, we've been able to achieve some of the highest-quality game execution of any studio in the industry. We love what we do and work hard to make sure that each new game we make is even better than the last. Creativity is key, and we're looking for all-new talent and game developers for our exciting next project.

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