Cold Iron Studios is in search of a Lead Animator to bolster our team in the development of a new sci-fi third-person action game. We are committed to delivering a visually compelling experience, underpinned by thoughtful narrative design and innovative gameplay. This position is fully remote and open to applicants across the country.
The Lead Animator will establish the bar of excellence and maintain high animation standards to craft a cohesive co-op narrative-driven gameplay experience. Leveraging your animation expertise, you will provide feedback and context to guide and support a high-performing team to create engaging gameplay. The Lead Animator will use their knowledge, craft, and technical expertise to set clear goals and manage the animation team along with external partners to deliver work that meets the project standards and style. They will look for opportunities to enhance the game, embrace constructive feedback, and excel in a collaborative, cross disciplinary environment. The ideal candidate would have gameplay experience.
In addition, as a senior member of our esteemed team, your expertise will serve as a guiding force, illuminating the path for your fellow teammates. Your role will extend beyond technical mastery, as you inspire and mentor them, fostering a culture of continuous growth to create a culture of excellence.
As overall animation craft lead, you will maintain, oversee, and be accountable for the quality of the work the team deliver, and set the bar for excellence
Regularly review animations with your team, and provide actionable artistic and technical feedback to ensure quality of animation and technical implementation
Collaborate with internal and external animation teams worldwide, to make sure product goals are fulfilled and appropriate working practices are implemented
Collaborate with Area Leads and Directors to define the visual and design goals for Animation content
Document and drive the development of Style Guides and Process Guides for animation
Establish and communicate best practice animation guidelines for both internal and external teams
Act as the single point of contact for Animation based communication with the external teams
Encourage and coordinate knowledge sharing within the team through training and the maintenance of written and video tutorials/documentation
Lead and improve team rituals to support high quality craft and individual growth
Mentor, manage, and regularly review individuals to build a cohesive and effective team
5+ years of experience creating high quality animations in gaming or entertainment
Working Knowledge of Unreal, Maya or similar 3D animation software
Experience through full AAA development cycles
Experience working with external partners and outsourcing
Willingness to work outside of core hours for conference calls with external partners as needed
Outstanding collaboration and excellent written/oral communication skills
Advanced understanding of the core principles of animation art content creation
Understand body mechanics, acting, posing and storytelling techniques for characters and creatures
Understand physical motion, weight, balance, texture, form, and all other animation principles
Demonstrated ability to create high quality, creative animation driven by storytelling and fits the IP
Proven experience leading/mentoring teams and individuals
Growth minded and motivated towards teaching, enabling, and coaching the artists
Would Love to See:
Unreal experience (Unreal 4 or 5)
Experience in Third-Person Shooter or First-Person Shooter gameplay animation
Prior experience in game/film/cinematic development
Skills in one or more related art/tech disciplines – modeling, rigging, VFX, technical art, etc
$120,000 - $160,000
This position is fully remote and open to applicants across the country.
Applicants without a portfolio will not be considered
At Cold Iron Studios, we're dedicated to creating narrative-driven, impactful games. We recognize that diversity brings richness to our work, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. This position offers a significant opportunity to shape the visual identity of our games and make a substantial contribution to our studio's success.
We invite you to apply and take part in crafting unforgettable gaming experiences. Exceptional employee benefits, Remote work; 18 days PTO first year in addition to 11 paid holidays plus company-wide shutdown between Christmas and New Year’s Day; Robust Medical, Dental, Vision insurance coverage for entire family; Company matched 401k vested immediately; Flex Spending Accounts, annual stipend to help cover work from home expenses, ultra-creative environment.