Artist/ Animator

Job typeGame Development/Publishing
LocationUnited States - Chicago, Illinois
TypeFull Time
Posted DateNov. 14, 2019

The Job

Netherrealm Studios, a division of WB Games Inc., seeks a Senior Artist/Animator to work closely with the lead animators 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.

The Daily

  • Responsible for animating 3D character models in a realistic game, including working with motion capture data, hand key frame animations.

  • Assists in R&D efforts for tools enhancements and prototyping of new technology.

  • Participates in departmental meetings to share personal ideas and define the look and feel of areas and characters.

  • Animation Bug fixing.

  • Work with engineers and designers to prototype new game features.

The Essentials

  • 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.

  • Experience with open world/3rd person as well as some combat motion experience.

  • Typically has participated in all phases of full-cycle game development, Shipping at least one title as a senior or lead.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

  • Ability to give and take direction well

  • 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.

  • A portfolio/reel demonstrating proficiency in Animation is required.

  • Strong technical problem solving skills.

  • Ability to learn new tools quickly.

  • Highly organized. Ability to multitask and manage multiple tasks and priorities.

  • 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.

Warner Media, LLC and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.

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