Senior Animator (Crucible) at Amazon Game Studios

Senior Animator (Crucible) at Amazon Game Studios

Amazon Game Studios is looking for a creative, talented and collaborative Senior Animator to help bring personality and life to the characters of Crucible.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Animation Lead & team to push quality of animated work through asset production and techniques to deliver AAA quality performances.
  • Create and maintain a high level of quality while working with design and deadline constraints.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to bring all needed elements to a given character.
  • Provide mentorship by providing clear and respectful feedback. Be active in critiques and reviews.
  • Communicate with technical artists to help define and develop animation pipelines, tools and rigs.
  • Keep Production and Art team leadership updated on milestone tasks and goals.
  • Actively look at industry trends and evangelize them.
  • Drive techniques and procedures that will help enhance pipeline and improve the speed and quality of animated assets.
  • Create prototype animations that help push initial ideas and define character mechanics.
  • Establish and document best practices.
  • Shepard animations from creation to integration.
  • Be the main owner of larger cross-discipline systems.
  • Drive brainstorm sessions that offer creative ideas to push character personality and performance as well as technical features.
  • Contribute to team and studio culture.

Basic qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in the games industry as an animator
  • 1+ shipped AAA title
  • 5+ years professional experience with Maya or other 3D Animation Software
  • Animation Reel that demonstrates a strong grasp of animation principles applied to both bipeds and creatures with a sense of personality and imagination.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience working within a motion capture pipeline.
  • Experience collaborating and communicating with multiple disciplines, teammates and production.
  • Strong working knowledge and understanding of game animation pipelines.
  • Experience in setting up animation trees and blend systems.
  • Ability to mentor animators through feedback and learning demonstrations.
  • Additional skill in either illustration, modeling, rigging or 2D animation.
  • Experience in facial animation and lip sync.
  • Have an understanding of the current game landscape in terms of animation techniques and processes.
  • Ability to prioritize and estimate given tasks.
  • Independently self-motivated, team player with excellent communication skills.
  • Experience in leading specific features and mechanics of a game or team.
  • Passion for gameplay animations.
  • Ability to problem-solve independently.
  • Have aided in the hiring and contributed to the growth of a team.
  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role.
  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role.

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Senior Animator (Crucible) at Amazon Game Studios