Senior Animator

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Description

nDreams is a world-leading virtual reality game developer and publisher, combining innovation with excellence. Our projects are a leap forward for VR and for the studio and we are looking for talented people to help turn them into a reality.

We’re the studio behind the #1 Selling, Best of E3 Award-winning, Phantom: Covert Ops and we’ve got several exciting projects planned for 2021 and beyond, including Fracked, our recently announced PS VR exclusive. Once you’ve seen what we’re up to, we’re convinced you’ll want to be involved…

We have amazing opportunity for an experienced Senior Animator to join us here at nDreams to help evolve the character animation pipeline and general motion within new VR projects we are working on. The role also involves assisting in building a dedicated team of animators to achieve those objectives.

You will be required to work alongside the principal animator and Art Director to develop and demonstrate a wide range of styles, techniques and varied executions of animation for the current and next generation of VR headsets.

You will actively self-initiate proposals and demonstrations of new and innovative animation styles and executions where appropriate. You’ll take an active interest in the play-ability or responsiveness of both animation and their associated systems and help ensure the products are delivered on time.

What Will You Be Doing?

This opportunity requires a self-driven motivational quality, you’ll need to work creatively and calmly whilst implementing requests from design, art and code to achieve the desired end vision.

  • Creating high quality hand-keyed animation as well as working with motion capture data from its conception to gameplay implementation
  • Assisting the team of animators to deliver a cohesive and considered animation aesthetic
  • Assisting the Principal Animator in predicting and estimating animation schedules
  • Effectively communicating and illustrating animation intentions to the principal animator
  • Prioritising work, identify and managing risk, organising the workload of both yourself and those in your projects team.
  • Mentoring good animation practices with the animators and junior animators

Requirements

  • Excellent ability of hand-keyed animation as well as working knowledge within a Motion Capture pipeline. Exceptional skills within Maya for creating animations is required.
  • Real-time engine experience, ideally in Unreal. Creating animations in Sequencer, knowledge of blueprints and setting up state machines seen as a big plus.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in industry and a Degree or equivalent qualification within a relevant discipline.
  • Show a very strong working knowledge of 3D animation with a fundamental understanding of timing, weight and spacing.
  • Preferably several published products within the Console, PC, VR or Mobile space
  • Have experience with motion planning and the creation of locomotion animation sets
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise their own work schedule.
  • Able to articulate and receive constructive feedback on their own and peers work.

Benefits

Why Join nDreams?

Our growing studio shares a passion for innovation, collaboration and defining the future of VR. We encourage an open, creative and diverse culture and empower people to explore their ideas and put their own stamp on projects. With humble beginnings of our own, we combine big projects and opportunities with a personal, caring touch. We’re proud of our culture – come and see why!

We offer some great perks, including flexible core hours, share options, 20 days holiday (increasing yearly to a maximum of 25 days), two duvet days, a day off to celebrate your birthday and various monthly socials (including Breakfast Butty Monday and Free Drink Friday)! Our newly refurbished open plan office has some great facilities with a cycle station, showers and more all on site.

Interested?

The role is based in our modern studio in

Farnborough, UK, but with a unique Flex+ policy which incorporates options for flexible, hybrid working from home and studio. The studio is within easy commuting distance from London and Guildford. Salary is competitive and dependent on your experience.

If you think this could be the role for you, we’d love you to get in touch! Drop us your CV via the link below.

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