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Animator

Company Overview:
A leader in creating deep and engaging experiences on PC and mobile, Jagex was founded in 2001 and is today one of the UK’s biggest and most respected video game developers and publishers.
Famed for its flagship MMOs RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, Jagex has welcomed more than 260million player accounts to its world and created a $1bn lifetime franchise revenue. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds.
Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly-active worlds and our community-focussed development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped.
Jagex is expanding and extending its portfolio with fresh franchise titles, new IP and, in 2018 launched Jagex Partners, delivering third-party publishing and operational services exclusively for the living games of the future.
Jagex employs more than 400 people at its Cambridge headquarters and is on the hunt for talented people to work across the business to help the company to achieve yet another year of record growth and player satisfaction.
Job Purpose: Animators are responsible for delivering professional level 3D animations that support all gameplay mechanics and cinematic sequences.  They breathe life into the player avatar, AI characters and creatures, covering all behavior patterns that the game requires.  They are problem solvers, creative thinkers, who iterate rapidly, exploring ideas and tailoring different approaches whilst always understanding that animation services gameplay.  Animators work closely within rulesets, to ensure the animations meet the technical requirements and design metrics.  They deliver actions and performances that entertain, and delight players, adhering to whatever the animation style is, and consistently hitting the required quality bar, with minimal supervision.  Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the delivery of professional quality 3d game animation for characters and creatures
  • Provide support to the animation team in all aspects of animation production / hitting quality standards and taking part in feedback and critique sessions
  • Collaborate with Tech Art and Code to ensure animation pipelines and tools are effective, optimal and capable of delivery 
  • Participate in prototyping, problem solving and animation R&D [CS1] 
  • Show flexibility and resourcefulness when creating or designing animation assets
  • Assist the senior animators in planning and helping on motion capture sessions  
  • Support, promote and build good team and studio morale in an open, creative environment 
  • Together with Art Director, contribute toward the animation recruitment process 
  • Assist the Art Director with delivering feedback / correspondence to outsource partners or freelancers as required 
  • When creating / designing animation assets you will demonstrate flexibility and resourcefulness.  Smart sourcing of animation assets from the marketplace / good re-use and sharing of animation assets is essential.

Requirements:

  • Expert professional working knowledge of animation tools / processes in Maya
  • Experience of animating for third-person, action-focused games 
  • Portfolio evidence of ‘hands on’ outstanding animation using both keyframe and motion capture 
  • Thorough knowledge of end to end in game animation workflow and related disciplines 
  • Enough understanding of technical animation to communicate and resolve animation related issues 
  • A willingness and ability to learn, accept and act on constructive feedback 
  • Comfortable participating in and contributing to group review and critique sessions 
  • Effective time management, task prioritisation 
  • Clear, professional interaction; communicate clearly, and concisely to team, peers, and management around progress / problems
  • *BONUS* Working knowledge of Unreal engine 
  • *BONUS* In depth rigging / skinning knowledge  

Company Benefits:
- Flexible Working- Bonus Scheme- Private Health Care - Gym Membership- Generous Pension Contributions- Life Insurance- Free Cycle Repair- Income Protection- Dental Plan- Free Fruit and Drinks- Subsidised Canteen
Feel like you fit this role, but don’t meet all the requirements? We strive for fresh perspectives, so as long as you can demonstrate how your attitude and other abilities might make up for any gaps we would welcome your application! Jagex are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

Animator

United Kingdom
Full time

Published on 03/28/2022

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