Lead Cinematic Artist

Art Horsham, United Kingdom


Position at Creative Assembly

You will be leading a team of cinematic artists creating stunning trailers and cutscenes for Total War, primarily focusing on the historic titles. You’ll help define the direction for both AAA marketing assets and in-game cutscenes.

This is a full-time role in Horsham, England.

Key Responsibilities

This role requires a high-level of competency in both the technical and creative elements in creating and delivering cinematic assets. You will play a pivotal role in all aspects of the cinematic process including narrative, story-boarding, previz, animatic, motion capture, shot creation, directing, editing, cinematography, rendering, motion graphics, lighting and audio.

As a team lead, you’ll be responsible for delivering a variety of cinematic assets, from character narrative driven trailers to in-game faction intros or real-time battle cutscenes. You’ll also need to work closely with game developers and tools programmers to solve complex technical issues and build and improve our cinematic pipeline and tool-set.

You’ll need to collaborate with marketing and game development teams to give, receive and implement feedback, prioritising and managing tasks to ensure that deliverables are completed on time and to specification.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience


  • Experience in leading a team
  • Experience in a senior position in a similar industry
  • Experience with using game engines to create in-engine cinematics
  • Ability to communicate and present ideas clearly
  • Flair for composition, lighting and cinematography
  • Passionate about storytelling and narrative
  • Good knowledge of Maya
  • Expert with Adobe Premiere
  • Excellent written English
  • Love of games (especially Total War)
  • After Effects
  • Experience creating hard hitting motion graphics
  • Formal art training
  • Experience in modelling
  • Experience with character animation 

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.