Animator

 

We’re looking for a talented Animator to join us here at nDreams to help evolve the perception of character animation and general motion within VR. Focusing exclusively on the VR platforms, we are at the frontier of new hardware and innovative methods of implementation. A new and increased sense of depth allows for creative and innovative ways to ramp up the perception of animation, bringing immersion and motion to the forefront of VR. 

We are looking for someone that sees the potential in VR and to apply themselves to the studio’s goal of trail blazing fresh, creative and immersive uses of every discipline, to converge on truly innovative games and experiences.

With the variety of projects and VR platforms currently being developed here at nDreams this role is guaranteed to offer new and exciting challenges to any animator challenging beyond what traditional developments can offer.

As an animator, you’ll be responsible for both the artistry of your animation as much as its perception in an all-encompassing VR space. We value the power of animation and the impact it can have when gelling a cohesive and innovative sense of style and presentation.  If you are as passionate about quality animation, pushing creativity and immersion to new levels in VR, then we’d love to hear from you.

 

KEY OBJECTIVES

This opportunity affords an amount of autonomy across multiple projects and platforms and as such requires a self-driven motivational quality.  Working alongside multiple development teams whilst following direction via the Art Director.  Strong communicative skills, both visually and verbally plus a keen technical aptitude towards new software and Real-time animation are key. 

The animator will be heavily involved in several areas: - 

  • Concepting or Visualising animation direction, based off known reference materials.
  • Having a stake in the early development of animation styles to ensure both visual quality as much as technical compliance or relevance to both the game and hardware.
  • Help push the legibility as well as stylistic qualities within each animation set.
  • Work extremely closely with the Lead Animator and Lead Character Artist to assist and see through the creation various characters or animation set pieces.
  • Help define motion planning and the implementation process of various characters and their respective responsiveness.
  • Work alongside design team members to evaluate, iterate and resolve design, behavioural or responsive issues.
  • Be responsible for the timely delivery of a products animation objectives.

 

RELATIONSHIPS

Principal Animator:

Works with the Lead Animator in the conception and proving of new concepts or specific render styles for various projects.

Working together, you’ll help to path find and present various real-time styles across multiple platforms, whilst constantly pushing the quality of nDreams’ animation aspirations forward.

Build a trusting working relationship where the reliable delivery of consistently strong and accurate animation is paramount. 

 

Art Director: 

Works with the Art Director when interpreting a range of styles or reference when defining a games aesthetic. Working together, you’ll review and critique progress of animation and how it contributes to the entire perception of the experience.     

 

Game Director(s):

Works with and reports to the Game Director in all matters concerning specific Animation sprint goals or that specific products design and creation process.

 

The Team:

Works within a team-orientated environment to maintain the highest quality artwork, evangelise their specialism, illustrate the effectiveness of animation where ever possible, whilst applying their practical knowledge to the development process of an entire product.

 

KEY SKILLS

  • Have a fundamental understanding of animation, timing and weighting.
  • Be able to work as a part of a team and also on your own initiative.
  • Show a strong working knowledge of traditional and digital 2D and 3D animation.
  • Demonstrate a strong technical aptitude and knowledge base for appropriate software and real-time engine use, Maya, UE4, Unity for example.
  • Have experience with motion planning and the creation of locomotion animation sets.
  • A basic understanding of rigging and skinning solutions and potential for physics driven or simulated appendages.
  • Show an understanding and execution on a varied selection of animation styles, from realistic to stylised.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise their own work schedule.
  • Able to articulate and receive constructive feedback on their own and peers work.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Consistently strive to maintain or exceed the highest quality standards of the Art Department.

 

EXPERIENCE

  • A graduate of a Degree or equivalent qualification within a relevant discipline. Or at least 1 years’ experience in industry. 
  • Real-time engine experience, ideally in both Unreal and or Unity.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Maya.
  • Demonstrable 3D real-time animation skills, showing a strong understanding of technical limitations and capabilities.
  • An aptitude to apply themselves to new technologies.
  • Minimum of one published product within the Console, PC, VR or Mobile space.
  • Experience in working within a team environment – essential.
  • Ability to effectively critique their own and others work, respectfully.

 

PACKAGE

  • £TBC per annum dependent on experience.
  • Full time and permanent.
  • Designated free parking.
  • Location - Farnborough, Hampshire, UK.

 

BENEFITS

  • Pension scheme
  • Share Option scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • 20 days holiday per year, increasing by 1 day for each year of service up to 25 days (+ bank holidays, 2 duvet days & your birthday)
  • Regular staff outings and social events

 

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