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For over 30 years, Naughty Dog has been crafting best-selling, critically acclaimed games that constantly push the boundaries of narrative, gameplay, and technology. Our most recent game, The Last of Us Part II, has received over 300 Game of the Year awards and three of our games are among the top 10 highest scored games on the PlayStation 4. As a part of the Naughty Dog legacy, you’ll be continuing the development of extraordinary and enduring experiences for a broad, global range of audiences.

Naughty Dog games have long been lauded for their carefully crafted narratives and attention to detail. We have spent the last decade+ curating some of the top animators and technical minds in the industry. This group of individuals is what allows us to create characters with the fidelity and believability that we put into games including The Last of Us and Uncharted series.

We are searching for very experienced senior level story animators to help us continue raising the bar of interactive animation for our future project(s). If you are detail oriented and comfortable in the AAA game space, and want to be part of the leading edge of visual quality and tech, you may just be the Naughty Dog we’re looking for!

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with Design, Programing and Editorial to implement and iterate on interactive gameplay moments from previs to polished animation

  • Create character motions through a blend of key-frame animation and motion capture

  • Learn and utilize custom tools

  • Brainstorm and prototype new interactive gameplay moments

  • Be involved in motion capture shoots, from planning to game engine integration

  • Assemble and implement mocap

  • Collaborate with and mentor fellow animators

REQUIREMENTS & SKILLS:

  • Proactive team player with the ability to grasp new technologies

  • A creative, innovative problem solver who is organized and an excellent communicator

  • Moderate scripting comprehension

  • Proficient in Maya with an excellent understanding of layers, time editor, and mocap editing

  • Experience working with basic gameplay systems and game engines

  • Experience developing narrative performance and/or interactive animations

  • Extensive experience animating realistic humans, including facial animation

  • Deep understanding of acting principles and basic camera staging

  • Self-driven and thrives with minimal direction

  • Comfortable collaborating with multiple departments

  • Desired but not required: experience working with actors

As a part of the Naughty Dog application process, candidates will be expected to provide a portfolio or demo reel of their work and may be asked to complete an animation test.

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression, and gender reassignment), race (including color, nationality, ethnic, national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

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