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Animator

Founded in 1996, Aspyr Media, Inc. got its start in Austin, TX by bringing the biggest PC gaming franchises such as Call of Duty, Sid Meier’s Civilization and Star Wars to Mac. Today, Aspyr is a video game publishing and development partner focused on maximizing the potential of games. We find the world's best games and connect them to new audiences, on all platforms.

Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Lead Animator, the Animator is responsible for creating high-caliber, dramatic and action-oriented character animation while at the same time meeting production deadlines. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of the principles of animation as they apply to video games. This role is more focused on the narrative/cinematic side of things, but the candidate should also expect to jump into help with gameplay as needed.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Follow Animation direction and guidance to hit the set quality standards

  • Develop previs sequences based on storyboards, script, and direction from the Cinematic Lead

  • Implement PCAP/mocap data back into previs sequences to produce final animation sequences

  • Works as a creative liaison between internal and outsource animation teams

  • Build relationships with Technical Animators, Designers, and Programmers in order to best deliver your work while understanding technical constraints

  • Work within the scheduled time allocated for your work following the priorities established by the Animation and Cinematic Leads

  • Respond quickly to changing requirements and feedback

  • Understand and follow best practices, production pipelines, and workflows

  • Check your work in-game through regular playtesting to help identify improvements and optimizations that can be made, in addition to addressing bugs as they are assigned

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demo reel showcasing solid acting and dynamic body mechanics with both motion capture and hand-keyed work

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and time management skills

  • Good grasp of how other disciplines interact with Animation

  • Ability to work on animations from concept, through source and implementation into the engine

  • High level of proficiency in industry-standard animation software such as Maya or Motion Builder

  • Nice to have:

    • UE4 experience

    • Knowledge of cinematic principles and pipelines

    • Familiarity with animation networks/state machines/etc.

 

Aspyr is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Aspyr are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Aspyr will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Aspyr encourages applicants of all ages.