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Join the award-winning team that created God of War

Santa Monica Studio is seeking a Lead Character Technical Artist for the development of a new unannounced title!

Animator and programmer, or programmer and character artist – which are you? No matter; you bridge tech and character. You understand the creative process, you have an artistic sensibility, and an eye for animation. Above all you collaborate with character artists and animators to deliver the highest quality vision of the game.

Talent, initiative, collaboration – bring them all. We are a large team that fundamentally works together across all disciplines.


  • Mentor and guide character technical artists and animators in areas of expertise; instill best practices

  • Partner with leads and directors to meet visual and technical standards

  • Research, define, extend, and maintain production pipelines, processes, and workflows

  • Collaborate with character artists, character riggers, and animators

  • Identify problems; solve them by inventing or building robust technical implementations

  • Create and maintain animation toolsets and character development workflows

  • Engage in broader game production challenges as they relate to combat design, animation, and character art


  • Minimum five years of professional experience in computer-generated art

  • Intimate knowledge of Maya and strong understanding of Maya’s rigging tools

  • Expertise in Python and/or C++ – specifically as it applies to programming in Maya (MEL and API)

  • Ability to pioneer practical production-oriented rig systems and workflows

  • Well-versed in human and animal anatomy

  • A keen eye for correct form throughout a wide range of movement

  • Proficient with polygon modeling and topology adjustments related to character deformations

  • Deep knowledge of animator workflows

  • Ability to apply linear algebra to solve rigging and animation problems

  • Working knowledge of shaders, specifically as they relate to animation

  • Enthusiasm and initiative

  • Excellent spoken and written communication

  • Able and motivated to work with other team members

At SIE, we consider several factors when setting each role’s base pay range, including the competitive benchmarking data for the market and geographic location. Please note that the base pay range may vary in line with our hybrid working policy and individual base pay will be determined based on job-related factors which may include knowledge, skills, experience, and location. In addition, this role is eligible for SIE’s top-tier benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, matching 401(k), paid time off, wellness program and coveted employee discounts for Sony products. This role also may be eligible for a bonus package. Click here to learn more.

The estimated base pay range for this role is listed below.

$158,400—$237,600 USD

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