Cinematic Animator (temporary)

Santa Monica, CA, USA
Job type: Contract

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Job Description


As a mid-level cinematic animator you will work with the lead and cinematic team to execute on the animation needs for the game’s movies.

This is a realistic, physics based project. Weight and proper body mechanics must be demonstrated.
You must have extensive experience in choosing shots, moving the camera around, and composing shots to make a scene and/or convey a mood and set a style.  Please have examples of this in your demo reel.
You must be familiar with Motion Capture and Motion Builder.

Skills & Requirements


  • Working under the guidance of a Senior Animator to assist in scene creation, exporting, checking, and troubleshooting.
  • Choosing cameras and shots to create a mood in a scene.
  • Being aware of and able to contribute to the visual style of the product, including shot choices, pacing, emotion, visual metaphors and visual language.
  • Understand the visual effect that different lenses will have on the final shot.
  • Understand composition, and be able to work with the Art Department to solve complex visual problems.
  • Assist in preparation for motion capture shoots.
  • Assist in implementing motion capture in scenes.
  • Good self-motivation and time management skills.
  • Able to follow team processes and the pipeline.


  • 1+ years in the game industry preferred.
  • 3+ years experience working as a Previz Animator
  • Experience with Motion Builder.  
  • Understands camera and composition, work as a layout or camera artist preferred.
  • Experience with Motion Capture preferred.
  • Good communication skills. 

How to Apply

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About the Company

Developing games since 1996, Treyarch is home to some of the industry's best and brightest talent.

Prior to entering development for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 3, the studio’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 set world-wide launch day records, with its previous game Call of Duty®: Black Ops having also set an entertainment launch opening record (2010). Black Ops 2 continues to be one of the best-selling games of all time.

Treyarch is also the birthplace of Call of Duty's Zombies.