Senior Animator

Epic Games

New York, NY, USA

Full time



Apr 19

Epic Games is searching for experienced Animators to join our team working on projects under the Fortnite IP. You'll create original animation with a strong emphasis on style and appeal that's grounded in realistic world physics. A great understanding is needed of the fundamentals of animation and how they relate to game animation and the ability to implement animations in the Unreal 5 game engine using our animation blueprint system. A strong sense of gameplay feel and timing in relation to game design principles in Fortnite is a must.

In this role, you will

  • Create character specific animations such as gameplay animations for the main player and AI as well as dances and emotes or cosmetic items in Maya using our ART/Armature tools set, as well as in Unreal Engine using our Control Rig toolset.
  • Take animation from initial concept through implementation in Unreal Engine 5 using our animation blueprint system.
  • Drive collaboration across disciplines, including Production, Design, Technical Animation, Technical Design, and implementation to help drive the style and feel of Fortnite's animation.
  • Collaborate with leads in a dailies style critique environment, and find optimal solutions and address basic issues as they arise.
  • Refine animations and gameplay feel as needed to get the best quality animation within the timeline.

What we’re looking for

  • A strong animation reel showing expertise in key-framed character and creature animation.
  • Relevant experience in Maya and gameplay systems.
  • Good instincts for realistic and stylized motions.
  • Familiarity with the Unreal Engine 5 art pipeline.
  • Related skills; such as modeling, skinning, and rigging.
  • Experience working with Motion Capture is a plus.
  • Experience shipping at least one title.

If you have a portfolio/reel/website you'd like to share, please hyperlink it to your resume, or submit it as an attachment with your application.

This role is located in multiple locations (including NYC).

Pay Transparency Information

The expected annual base pay range(s) for this position are detailed below. Each base pay range is relevant only for individuals who are residents of or will be expected to work within the specified locale. Compensation varies based on a variety of factors, which include (but aren’t limited to) things such as skills and competencies, qualifications, knowledge, and experience. In addition to base pay, most employees are eligible to participate in Epic’s generous benefit plans and discretionary incentive programs (subject to the terms of those plans or programs).

New York City Base Pay Range

$143,680 — $239,466 USD

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