Senior Animator (Star Wars)

Respawn Entertainment
Chatsworth, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Respawn Entertainment is a AAA game development studio that was founded in 2010 by former co-founders of Infinity Ward and creators of the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty and Modern Warfare franchises. In 2017, Respawn was acquired by Electronic Arts, a leading global interactive entertainment publisher. We have shipped Titanfall and Titanfall 2 to critical acclaim, and are currently hiring for our Star Wars ™, Titanfall, and Unannounced VR game development teams. Our motto is gameplay first, and the opportunity to create groundbreaking games with some of the best developer talent in the industry awaits our future team members.

We're looking for a highly skilled Senior Animator who will embrace our philosophy and share his/her hard earned expertise to create an incredible experience for our players. Games have evolved to the point that animators must be true storytellers rather than just technicians. We believe that animation breathes life into a game and that animation is a key part of defining the next generation of games, bringing about their most memorable moments: moments that gamers don't simply sit back and watch, but moments that they live. We’re picturing someone who is passionate about animating for video games and who will help us tell stories and express emotions through remarkable animations and gameplay. If this sounds like you, we're looking forward to seeing your resume!

What you’ll do...

  • Create a variety of awesome animations for AI systems, scripted in-game scenes, vehicles and environments within Maya.
  • Work with Motion Capture data in Maya when necessary.
  • Implement animations into the project's engine with full ownership of your work.
  • Work with multiple departments such as Art, Design, and Code to complete tasks. Communication is key to understanding how each discipline contributes to the asset.
  • Take animations from conceptualization to shipping without direction if necessary.

Benefits & Perks…

Here's a peek at some of what we offer:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and other health and welfare plans.
  • Disability, Life, and AD&D insurance benefits.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for heath and child care.
  • 401K with company match and no vesting period.
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan.
  • Generous parental leave for new parents.
  • Free games and company store with discounts on games and consoles.
  • Other perks include education assistance, commuter benefits, adoption assistance, legal services, mental health support, and group home, auto, and pet insurance.
  • Paid time off, as well as holiday office closures including shutdown between Christmas and New Year's.
  • Company-sponsored team events such as regular staff parties, food trucks, tournaments, movie screenings, game conventions, Ragnar relay races, and launch parties.
  • Game room with a pool table, ping pong, foosball, arcade and tabletop games. 
  • Fully stocked kitchens with fresh fruit, breakfast, snacks, and more.
  • Convenient meal order service for on-site lunch deliveries.
  • State of the art on-site gym with 24/7 access.
  • On-site yoga classes, massages, and car washes.
  • A variety of interest groups and outdoor activities to join with other Respawn Employees: table top games club, poker club, beer club, kit-bashing club, running/hiking, biking, basketball, and soccer among others.
  • Friendly, caring co-workers and management.

Skills & Requirements

Ideally, you'll have...

  • 5+ years’ professional game development experience.
  • A strong understanding of video game animation development.
  • Very strong keyframing ability. Ability to keyframe realistic human motion.
  • Ability to critique your own work as needed. Do you have "the eye"?
  • Ability to handle critiques. The more feedback you receive, the more you can tailor your work towards what is best for the game.
  • Must be a strong team contributor. Sounds cliche, but it is very important to our success.
  • Must enjoy what you love. Animation!
  • Mastery of relevant software packages such Maya.
  • Passion for making and playing games.
  • Experience with first person weapons and full body animations.
  • Motion Capture cleanup experience.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

To find out more about our current job openings or to apply, please visit us at www.respawn.com/careers.

About the Company

Respawn Entertainment is a AAA game development studio that was founded in 2010 by former co-founders of Infinity Ward and creators of the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty and Modern Warfare franchises. In 2017, Respawn was acquired by Electronic Arts, a leading global interactive entertainment publisher. We have shipped Titanfall and Titanfall 2 to critical acclaim, and are currently hiring for our Star Wars ™, Titanfall, and Unannounced VR game development teams. Our motto is gameplay first, and the opportunity to create groundbreaking games with some of the best developer talent in the industry awaits our future team members.

If you want to know more about what we look for in potential candidates and our approach to creating an awesome work environment, check out this interview with our head of HR and recruiting, Kristin.