Technical 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’re looking for a self-driven Technical Animator to work collaboratively with our Art and Engineering teams to define and assist in making and supporting animator friendly character pipelines and cutting edge character animation features and tools. The successful candidate should have an understanding of real time animation systems (preferably in UE4), practical understanding of node graphs, animation blueprints, animation trees and other animation related engine and editor technologies. Being able to develop and support tools and workflows that help with attaining the desired visual result is a vital skill required in this role, whilst understanding of character and props control systems/rigs and deformation systems is a big plus. Strong communicative skills, both visually and verbally plus a keen technical aptitude towards new software and real-time animation are key to this role.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Developing, testing and maintaining artist-friendly animation systems and pipelines in collaboration with animators, gameplay programmers and other team members as required
  • Participating in integration of the animation assets into the game engine
  • Participating in design and integration of skeletons, deformation, and control rigs
  • Providing support and troubleshooting for animation team
  • Providing technical support for character artists and animators during entire production process
  • Working closely with the Principal Animator, Principal Technical Artist, Principal Character Artist and Code Team
  • Creating concise documentation for toolsets that the team can rely on
  • Working within a team-orientated environment to maintain the highest quality artwork, evangelising their specialism, illustrating the effectiveness of character and animation pipelines wherever possible, and applying their practical knowledge to the development process of an entire product.

Requirements

  • Demonstrate a strong technical aptitude and knowledge base in applicable areas of Maya and UE4
  • Real-time engine experience, ideally in Unreal, creating animation blueprints, designing and supporting in-engine animation tools
  • Experience with Python and familiarity with the Maya API.
  • Experienced at rigging and skinning characters, vehicles and props in Maya, with strong understanding of rigging requirements for game engines.
  • Have a fundamental understanding of animation, timing, and weight.
  • Be able to work as a part of artistic and technical teams.
  • 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.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Consistently strive to maintain or exceed the highest quality standards of the Art Department.

Benefits

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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