Narrative Animator (Contract)

PlayStation Global

Contract Position

Summary

Join the award-winning team at Santa Monica Studio as a Narrative Animator for an upcoming new title, collaborating with talented developers to create visually stunning animation work in support of the project's creative goals.

What you'll do

  • Work closely with the Animation Director, Animation Leads and the Design and Programming teams during the pre-visualization process to develop performance-driven narrative 3D pre-vis
  • Ideate, implement and iterate on animation assets, balancing the needs of style and function
  • Focus on character development, visual storytelling, choreography, and timing of each sequence with the Animation Director and Narrative Animation Lead
  • Collaborate with Designers and Programmers to achieve the perfect balance between animation fidelity and technical requirements, to integrate animation assets into the game engine, and to monitor and troubleshoot any technical issues that might arise
  • Animate keyframed characters, creatures, and props by hand - this includes hand-keyed facial expressions and lip sync as necessary
  • Assemble, edit, clean up, and enhance motion capture data shot on stage, including both body and face
  • Assemble and prepare navigation and narrative move-lists for shooting on the motion capture stage
  • Work with the Character Tech Art team to improve character rigs, tools, and workflows
  • Proactively facilitate requests or information needs regarding any aspect of the animation creation process
  • Actively advance skill set and abilities by keeping aware of industry trends and techniques, evaluating competitive products, and learning new software packages and traditional art methods

Requirements

  • A strong demo reel that demonstrates expert knowledge of fundamental animation principles and acting skills, and the ability to create a full range of lifelike performances from the subtle to the dramatic and powerful
  • Proficient command of weight, timing, and posing through both keyframing and the manipulation of motion capture data
  • High level of proficiency in Maya
  • High comfort level with learning and utilizing animation systems and game engine pipelines
  • Ability to rapidly prototype, iterate, and explore animation style and functionality
  • Ability to succeed in a creative, team-oriented environment
  • Excellent communication, time-management, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work across multiple disciplines to gather feedback and address cross-functional issues
  • Strong production sensibilities, and the drive and talent needed to produce and implement the highest quality work
  • B.A. in fine arts or relevant curriculum, or equivalent skillset
  • 1-3 years’ industry or related experience

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Location

United States, Los Angeles, CA

Contract Length

Contract duration not specified.

Compensation

$44 - $66 (per hour)

Keywords

maya motionbuilder

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