Cinematic Animator

Animation Horsham, United Kingdom


Position at Creative Assembly

This is a fantastic opportunity to be a key member of the studio’s established cinematic department. Creative Assembly is looking to add an experienced cinematic animator to its growing team where you will be working on producing visually stunning, emotive cinematic performances for our Total War products.

This position reports to the Principle Lead Animator and requires a Cinematic Animator who demonstrates a clear understanding of creating character driven performance abilities, a keen eye for detail, along with possessing a versatile animation skill set, complemented by good technical and communication abilities.

Key Responsibilities

To produce stunning, emotive cinematic performances for a wide-ranging set of characters for in-game cinematics and promotional marketing trailers, for all Total War products. Taking ownership of the tasks assigned, ensuring animations delivered are within the set task times, and are of the highest quality. Matching the already established quality bar. Utilising your already established advanced animations skills within Maya, to construct performances using a combination of motion capture data, and hand key frame animation. Be open and friendly and proactive in problem-solving, taking and implementing any animation notes given, in a positive can-do attitude, along with being a team player who can communicate well.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience 


  • Experience in delivering cinematic content for in-game and marketing material within a AAA game development studio.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of character animation, incorporating complex body mechanics for both biped and quadruped
  • Be able to construct and execute hand key frame animations for a wide-ranging set of characters that include both human and creature –
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of handling and editing motion capture, combining hand key skills to deliver the final required character performances.
  • Hand key frame experience in delivering character facial animation performances, in both lip syncing and emotions.
  • Be proficient in Maya
  • Have experience with game engines and cinematic pipelines within game development.
  • Have a good understanding of camera narrative and the film making process. 
  • Motion Builder
  • Photoshop
  • Premiere
  • After effects
  • Formal 2D art training
  • A love of games and film

Currently Creative Assembly is working fully remotely and we continue to assess the COVID-19 situation, with the safety of our staff our number one priority. We are still actively recruiting and onboarding new staff each week. We will set you up with everything you need to join remotely whether you will need to relocate to the UK (or within the UK) now, or at a later date.

We offer a fully bespoke funded relocation package for you and your dependants, and you’ll be supported through the process with our dedicated Relocation Specialist.

We also have an excellent range of benefits to support your work life balance, including:
  • Generous holiday allowance plus full studio closure over the Christmas and New Year period, as all UK Bank holidays
  • Annual discretionary studio bonus
  • Defined career development pathways and personalised training support with a dedicated learning and development. We offer among other activities; SEGA Dev Day, internal masterclasses, prestigious creative workshops to inspire and enthuse including internal programming conferences, on-site training with renowned specialists as well as global conference attendance
  • Private medical and dental insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, critical illness cover and free health care screening
  • Season ticket travel loans and cycle to work scheme
  • Free bike servicing and discounted car valet service on site
  • Free games and merchandise plus access to our extensive games library
  • Free breakfast every day - toast, bagels, pancakes, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, smoothies, juices, milkshakes and more in our fully stocked kitchen
  • An employee assistance programme and onsite confidential wellbeing sessions
  • In-studio heavily subsidised massage therapy
  • Discounts portal giving access to a wide range of extras such as heavily discounted home technology, travel insurance, corporate gym membership, cinema tickets, holidays, trips out and Ikea vouchers
  • Amazing studio parties such as our CA Summer Festival, a Christmas Party for you and your partner plus a separate Children’s Christmas Party. We also have our wrap parties for all our releases
  • Free Japanese lessons, life drawing, creative writing and Pilates classes
  • A range of CA Social events including the annual sponsored Walking Challenge to 100Km, Couch to 5k in our beautiful local park, basketball, game and movie evenings, board game club, 5-a-side football, CA Choir, Sword fighting (yes, sword fighting) and loads more
  • We offer discounts with local businesses, including estate agents and local shops to support our local economy.
Our studio sites have disabled access. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

Creative Assembly is about the right people making the best games. We are united through our values. We focus on our strengths and embrace our uniqueness, collaborating across teams and giving everyone the trust and respect to be masters of their craft. Our values form the foundation of our culture and ethos:
  • Quality - Everything we do is about quality, from individual actions to final products, we take pride in the detail and authenticity of all our creations.
  • Focus - We focus on our strengths as a studio. Our teams might work across different projects, but our goals and vision should be clear for everyone.
  • Teamwork - We are a collective who thrive working across teams, empowering each other to succeed.
  • Respect - Respect at CA is given as a default, we respect each other as diverse and unique individuals, who come together to create games our fans will love.
  • Trust - Alongside respect, we trust each other, our teams and our leaders as experts of their craft. Everyone is given creative autonomy and freedom to make a real contribution to our projects and our legacy.
If this sounds like you, apply now.