Lead Animator

ANIMATION Redwood City, California


Crystal Dynamics, a part of the Square-Enix family, is constantly on the hunt for top-tier gaming talent worldwide. We pride ourselves on attracting and developing the best talent available to concept, create, and contribute to the most exciting projects in gaming today. 20+ years of history creating fun and exciting titles for the world to enjoy as well as our studio’s 1000+ years of combined game industry experience provides a rich tapestry of tested and new ideas to draw from as have established us as one of the best studios in the world to work for. 

Benefits for this full-time position include competitive salary, health insurance options to suit all lifestyles, generous paid time-off, as well as other studio and corporate perks, such as a free gym and discounts on games and goodies.

Position Summary:
Crystal Dynamics is looking for an experienced Lead Animator to join their team. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Oversee overall game animation.
  • Provide day-to-day task management, creative direction, and inspiration to the animation team to achieve the Creative Director's vision.
  • Plan schedules, commit to deliverables and manage animation team to achieve goals within regular milestones and deadlines. 
  • Ensure an open communication flow between animation team and team at large.
  • Continually refine processes for animation production to increase productivity for the animation team. 
  • Stay current on industry trends in animation, rigging, modeling, texturing. 
  • Staffing the full animation team.

Position Requirements:

  • 7+ years experience in character animation for games. 
  • 2+ years as a Lead or Senior with leadership responsibilities
  • Management experience required
  • A strong understanding of the fundamentals of traditional animation. 
  • Proficiency in Maya a HUGE plus.
  • Knowledge of 3DSMAX a plus.
  • Knowledge of MEL scripting a plus. 
  • Can work in a range of styles, from humorous/cartoony to hyper-realistic, and can maintain the appropriate style over the course of a project. 
    Must have an understanding of all areas of character creation (mesh, texturing, skinning, IK).
  • Must be able to document art process and track tasks throughout game development cycle.
  • Basic knowledge of cinematography a plus
  • Good communication skills and ability to manage stressful situations
  • Ability to work with strict deadlines and to precisely quantify volumes of work
  • Must have a positive attitude and be a team player 

    Though this is an animation position, this team values well-rounded artists. A portfolio that shows strong character drawing, meshing and texturing skills, along with knock-out animation will be fully appreciated.

Leadership Requirements:

  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Constant Team player
  • Ability to collaborate as a team member working towards common goals
  • Ability to define process and manage individuals against project’s overall audio needs
  • Ability define high-level creative goals, and direct others towards those goals
  • Strong collaborator who takes pride in the final product

**All candidates must have prior animation experience, so a working reel is required to showcase ability to create high quality animation.**

Crystal Dynamics is an EOE and M/F/D/V employer.