Lead Cinematic Artist - Total War

Creative Assembly
Horsham, United Kingdom
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

You will be leading a team of cinematic artists creating stunning trailers and cutscenes for Total War, primarily focusing on the historic titles. You’ll help define the direction for both AAA marketing assets and in-game cutscenes.

This is a full-time role in Horsham, England.

Key Responsibilities

This role requires a high-level of competency in both the technical and creative elements in creating and delivering cinematic assets. You will play a pivotal role in all aspects of the cinematic process including narrative, story-boarding, previz, animatic, motion capture, shot creation, directing, editing, cinematography, rendering, motion graphics, lighting and audio.

As a team lead, you’ll be responsible for delivering a variety of cinematic assets, from character narrative driven trailers to in-game faction intros or real-time battle cutscenes. You’ll also need to work closely with game developers and tools programmers to solve complex technical issues and build and improve our cinematic pipeline and tool-set.

You’ll need to collaborate with marketing and game development teams to give, receive and implement feedback, prioritising and managing tasks to ensure that deliverables are completed on time and to specification.

Skills & Requirements

Knowledge, Skill and Experience


  • Experience in leading a team
  • Experience in a senior position in a similar industry
  • Experience with using game engines to create in-engine cinematics
  • Ability to communicate and present ideas clearly
  • Flair for composition, lighting and cinematography
  • Passionate about storytelling and narrative
  • Good knowledge of Maya
  • Expert with Adobe Premiere
  • Excellent written English
  • Love of games (especially Total War)


  • After Effects
  • Experience creating hard hitting motion graphics
  • Formal art training
  • Experience in modelling
  • Experience with character animation 

Note: Applications for this role must include a portfolio/showreel (or link to a portfolio/showreel). Applications that do not have this information will not be considered

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

About the Company

Creative Assembly is one of the UK's leading games development studios, founded in 1987 and located in West Sussex, UK and in Sofia, Bulgaria. With a heritage of award-winning AAA titles, including the multi-million selling Total War™ series, Creative Assembly continues to build an impressive portfolio of games and world-renowned partnerships; working with Games Workshop on Total War™: WARHAMMER®, Wargaming Alliance on Total War™: ARENA, Twentieth Century Fox on Alien: Isolation, plus 343 Industries and Microsoft on Halo Wars 2. Creative Assembly has, with their exceptionally talented team of over 500, amassed a wealth of awards, including recent accolades from BAFTA, Music+Sound and Develop’s Industry Excellence awards.