Senior 3D Character Animator, Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment
Irvine, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Tracer, Winston, Pharah, Hanzo… these are just a few of the memorable heroes that inhabit our world. Our talented artists put their heart and soul into bringing these rare and visually stunning characters to life, and their ranks are growing. We want to meet a Senior Animator ready to step up and break new ground in the Overwatch universe.

Norman McLaren famously said, “Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn.” Our Character Animators readily agree. Done right, movement communicates a character’s purpose, thoughts, and emotions. Consider the graceful yet deadly dance of a Demon Hunter, pirouetting through the hordes of hell, or the belly-busting laughter from a drunken dwarf as they topples from their stool. Despite wildly different personalities, each character and their story are brought to life through the creativity and skills of a talented animator.

An animator like you…Your skills as an artist, technician, and gamer will drive you forward into the thick of development. Exceptional understanding of traditional and 3D animation techniques will drive the creative engine that will bring a bevy of new heroes, villains, and creatures to life. Your technical skills and ability to problem solve will come in handy as you work closely with gameplay engineers to develop the technology that powers your creations. As a gamer you’ll have a very close relationship with the game designers where you’ll craft a perfect marriage of design and animation, resulting in a truly excellent game play experience.

In short, you’ll be on a close-knit, collaborative community of artists, engineers and designers whose sole goal is to make a truly immersive game experience.

If you’re ready to seek the challenge of bringing our next heroes to life, let's hear from you!

Responsibilities

  • Develop, maintain and craft animations for real time game assets
  • Assist designers and engineers with gameplay prototypes
  • Work with lead animator to ensure timely completion of character assets at the desired quality bar
  • Serve as an active participant in team art discussions, critiques and reviews

Skills & Requirements

Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 years' of experience in game development animating characters using Maya or equivalent 3D program
  • Extraordinary skill in animating the human bipedal figure as well as other organic forms.
  • Strong knowledge of traditional animation principles and how they can be used to enhance gameplay
  • Self-motivation, good communication skills, and a great team-player attitude
  • Able to work creatively as part of a large or small group
  • Tried problem-solving / prototyping ability
  • Able to effectively collaborate with game designers and programmers
  • Understanding of the visual style of Blizzard games and a passion to push it to the next level
  • A passion for video games
  • Ability to guide and mentor junior staff

Pluses

  • Have shipped an AAA PC or console title as an in-game senior character animator
  • Experience in FX and particle animation
  • Excellent 2D animation skills
  • Cinematic or television animation experience
  • Skill in one of more related disciplines – illustration, modeling, rigging or technical art

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

To Apply, please visit our website here:

https://careers.blizzard.com/en-us/openings/ocei9fwB 

Application Requirements

  • Cover Letter 
  • Portfolio and / or reel demonstrating relevant artistic skills required (PDF Format Preferred)
  • Only online artwork submissions will be accepted (e.g. website, blog or online album)
  • Must be willing to complete an art test if requested to do so


About the Company

Blizzard Entertainment has been rated by Fortune as one of the "Best Places to Work" for several years running (and our ranking continues to rise!).  We are a community of 4000 global employees who are passionate about not only gaming, but entertainment and the technology that drives our users experience. Our goal is to delight our customers by never settling for anything but the highest quality and providing worlds filled with creativity and adventure around every corner.  You are bright, engaging, eager to learn and ready to make an impact. We've been waiting for you!

Blizzard Entertainment is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.