Technical Artist - Animator

ArenaNet, LLC
Bellevue, WA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

As Technical Animator, runtime fidelity of character motion is your highest priority. You will contribute to the development of animation tools, processes and pipelines. Working closely with animation system and project teams, you develop and implement new ideas and solutions. All while helping to bridge the challenges between animation and design.

Responsibilities:

  • Be an expert at our proprietary animation engine and help bring our characters to life through designing and building complex blend trees, layering and state machines
  • Seek out and resolve technical animation problems and challenges throughout production – from content creation to runtime
  • Collaborate with Animators, Designers and Programmers to develop runtime animation features
  • Collaborate with other Technical Artists to ensure consistent technology and content
  • Collaborate with content creators to improve their efficiency
  • Collaborate with engine and project teams to build features and solve problems
  • Support animators and communicate their technical needs
  • Support content creation and integration of game assets
  • Help develop and enforce content creation and performance guidelines through tools, documentation and communication
  • Advance animation quality through pursuit and development of improved content creation methods

Skills & Requirements

  • 3+ years of experience as a Technical Animator within the games industry
  • Ability to create tools that increase quality and efficiency of animation assets and streamline productivity
  • Proficiency with 3D graphics software (Maya and Motion Builder preferred)
  • Understanding of animation principals and runtime animation techniques
  • Strong knowledge of animation systems such as ANT, Morpheme, Mecanim and Unreal
  • Experience with engine based procedural animation techniques
  • Mature understanding of object oriented languages such as Python and C#
  • Self-driven team player that thrives in ambiguity
  • Think creatively to solve technical challenges and limitations
  • Good communication, organization and time management

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

About the Company

We are ArenaNet, a studio making online worlds infused with innovation, handcrafted excellence, and creative passion. Our passion is broadly shared; gamers made Guild Wars 2 the fastest selling MMO game in the West with more than 3 million copies sold in its first 9 months, and players and press have consistently called it one of the best MMOs of all time.

Our studio is built on foundations of excellence with a focus on community. We constantly innovate, unlocking the true potential of online role-playing with game-changing titles like Guild Wars 2 and beyond. The status quo is not good enough for our dedicated worldwide community of players, which is why we question the de facto industry conventions and demand more from ourselves as developers.