ILMxLAB Junior Animator

CG Artist San Francisco, CA


Position at ILMxLAB

Position Summary

We are looking for an artist who reflects the innovative spirit, production excellence and immersive storytelling that defines ILMxLAB.

The Junior Animator creates high-quality animation of 3D characters, weapons, vehicles, and cameras for both gameplay and cinematic sequences.

What You’ll Do

  • Creates high-quality gameplay and cinematic animation using hand-key animation and motion capture data based on direction from Supervisors and other leads.
  • Develop technical proficiency in character-set up, animation techniques, and AI behavior in order to create work that integrates successfully and reads clearly in-game
  • Assist in mo-cap shooting sessions with asset prep, choreography, shot/motion list etc.
  • Establish a solid understanding of the existing tools and pipelines
  • Troubleshoot and solve issues with animator shot files as the need arises
  • Playtest and report any potential animation-related issues to the supervisors and team leads
  • Stay up to date on the latest animation techniques to improve tools and/or maximize efficiency
  • Other related duties as assigned

What We’re Looking For

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent 2+ years experience as an animator (or equivalent) in games, TV/Film/VFX, or a related field
  • Strong acting and storytelling skills along with a clear understanding of animation principles, anatomy and motion
  • Ability to portray believable physical movement and performance of 3D characters
  • Experience with Maya, Unreal Engine, and the implementation of animation in the game engine
  • Ability to self-manage and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams
  • Clear communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to take direction/feedback as well as adapt in a rapidly changing environment
  • Bonus points for:
    • One or more shipped games
    • Proficiency with Linux
    • Experience with Motion capture data
    • Knowledge of rigging, scripting (Python, Mel), and video editing

*A portfolio / reel submission - including a detailed breakdown of your work in each section - is required with all artist applications*

This position is with Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Industrial Light & Magic. Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Lucasfilm fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world. **FOR U.S. BASED NEW HIRES ONLY:** We are taking a responsible approach to creating environments that allow us to do what we do best - entertain and inform millions around the world. As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. salaried and non-union hourly employees, as well as all newly hired U.S. employees.