Senior Artist/Animator

Job typeAnimation, Game Development/Publishing
BusinessNetherRealm
LocationUnited States - Chicago, Illinois
TypeFull Time
Posted DateOct. 10, 2018
What part will you play?

NetherRealm Studios, a division of WB Games Inc., seeks a Senior Artist/Animator to work closely with the lead animator to maintain and create high quality animations for both real time in game movement and pre-rendered animatics. Assists lead in helping define process and pipelines along with aesthetic goals.
  • Responsible for animating 3D character models in a realistic game, including working with motion capture data, hand key frame animations and facial/lip synch animations.
  • Assists in R&D efforts for tools enhancements and prototyping of new technology.
  • Work with engineers and designers to prototype new game features.
  • Participates in departmental meetings to share personal ideas and define the look and feel of areas and characters.
  • Animation Bug fixing.

What do we require from you?
  • Minimum of 2-year 2D/3D art degree with an emphasis in character keyframe animation or equivalent work experience.
  • A degree with an emphasis on animation desired.
  • Must have shipped at least one game in a senior or lead animation position.
  • 5+ years game industry experience or related entertainment industry experience.
  • Additional Minimum 3 years of complex relevant experience within animation.
  • Brings high level of artistic / animation accomplishment to the solution of artistic problems.
  • Proven Key Framing Knowledge and Skill set.
  • Worked with Motion Capture Data.
  • Determines the best method of completing tasks that fall within the scope of normal responsibilities.
  • Has development experience with a proven track record of contributions.
  • Typically has participated in all phases of full-cycle game development, shipping at least one title.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrates competency in content creation for Animation.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines.
  • Must be proficient in one or more types of 3D software but Primarily Motion Builder (Maya, 3D Studio Max, Vicon Blade, Optitrack Motive etc.).
  • Must have a decent understanding of MEL/Python or Maxscript.
  • Takes initiative in pursuing new assignments. May pursue new assignments and identify tasks.
  • Familiar working with remotely located colleagues and outsourcing pipelines.
  • Strong interest in computer games.
  • A portfolio demonstrating proficiency in Animation is required.
  • Ability to give and take direction well.
  • Strong technical problem solving skills.
  • Ability to learn new tools quickly.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines.
  • Highly organized. Ability to multitask and manage multiple tasks at once.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work well with others at all levels on the team.
  • Strong interest in Video Games, storytelling and Movies.
  • Familiar with the Unreal Engine.
  • 2D animation experience.
  • Acting background/experience.
  • Mesh Skinning Vertex weighting experience a plus.
  • Facial Rigging and Animation Pipeline.
  • Experience in developing martial arts fighting games.
  • Experience in developing first person action games.

Your information will now be submitted via our parent company’s site, TimeWarner.com.