Associate Cinematic Animator

ANIMATION Redwood City, California


Crystal Dynamics is seeking an Associate-level Cinematic Animator to breathe life into characters through outstanding, believable performances. The animator will be well-rounded enough to provide solutions for scenes, faces, and even assemble and piece together data for videos.

This is a 3-month, Project Full-time position complete with benefits from Crystal Dynamics, including a 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 outstanding and talented Associate Cinematic Animator with a jaw dropping portfolio to fill a major animation role in building life-like performances in our Cinematics team. This Animator will work collaboratively with the Cinematic Animation Lead, Lead Animator, and other disciplines to deliver high-quality character performances. They will be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of core animation systems needed to bring characters to life. Candidates should be driven, creative, and able to take direction.

Essential Duties:

  • Partner with more senior-level animators to create animations using data from mocap shoots;
  • Process mocap data and integrate into cinematic scenes;
  • Bring mocap data and cinematic scenes to final polish;
  • Partner with various disciplines to create a cohesive experience in our games
  • Work in a collaborative environment where feedback and direction are welcomed;
  • Produce quality animations and scenes on time while respecting and supporting the cinematic vision and animation goals

Competencies, Skills & Knowledge:

  • Comfortable in both key frame and motion-capture animation;
  • Communicate effectively with creative and technical peers, as well as senior management;
  • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to focus on priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work cooperatively on a team spanning artists, programmers, and designers;
  • Able to maintain consistent style throughout project and maintain the target aesthetic;
  • Excellent attention to detail, with awareness of areas to compromise for best overall results.

Essential Requirements:

  • 0-2 years of professional experience as an Animator in either games or film.
  • Proficiency animating 3D characters in Maya
  • Ability to use motion capture and reference to create highly believable animation.
  • A reel demonstrating high fidelity animations using motion capture performance data.

Additional Pluses:

  • Experience with the creation of animation trees and real-time animation blending (AnimGraphs)
  • Basic understanding of all areas of character creation (mesh, texturing, skinning, rigging)
  • General technical aptitude
  • Experience with non-linear editors like Adobe Premiere Pro.

* Portfolios/demos are required to apply for this position. If your demo requires a password, please include it in your initial application; inaccessible demos/portfolios will not be considered. 
Crystal Dynamics is an EOE and M/F/D/V employer.