Animator

Deep Silver Volition

Champaign, IL, USA

Full time

Sep 10

Volition, creators of Saints Row, Red Faction, and Agents of Mayhem, is seeking an experienced and passionate Senior Animator to join their team on their next adventure.

About Volition: 

Deep Silver Volition has created original, smash hit games for over 20 years, including the Saints Row series. The studio has prospered by making games no one else can make, focusing on work-life balance, and developing a culture of collaboration, continuous growth, and learning. Volition is located in the heart of Champaign, Illinois – the best kept secret in the Midwest. Champaign has all the activities, amenities, and diversity of much larger cities, but without the traffic and high cost of housing.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain animations using motion capture and keyframe animation for in-game biped motions
  • Create and maintain keyframed facial animations
  • Cleanup and altering of mocap animation to fit specific technical metrics and style
  • Management and ownership of complex game side animation systems. Ownership includes cross discipline communication and support, seeing the system through to completion, driving its progress and success, and troubleshooting and problem solving through the entire development cycle
  • Assist in organizing and directing motion capture shoots for needed gameplay animations
  • Critique and review animation work with animators and other disciplines to reach gameplay goals

Qualifications:

  • Solid demonstrable understanding of the principals of animation
  • Experience in animating realistic motion
  • Experience editing and animating on top of motion capture data
  • Experience with game animation implementation into engine
  • Familiarity with node-based animation networks
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Ability to give and receive constructive criticism
  • Problem solving skills in DCC apps and engine
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Basic understanding of Character Rigging and mesh weighting
  • Game Industry Experience/Shipped title Experience

Pluses:

  • Experience working with runtime IK systems, partial body, and/or additive animation a plus
  • Experience with outsourcing asset production support
  • Experience with procedural animation systems
  • Strong acting skills

Application Requirements:

  • Animation reel showing realistic key framed animations as well as motion capture work
  • Resume with detailed work descriptions
  • Cover letter


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