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Sledgehammer Games

Animator, Senior

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Sledgehammer Games
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Toronto, ON

SENIOR ANIMATOR - TORONTO

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Sledgehammer Games, award winning developer of several titles in the Call of Duty franchise, is looking for talented developers to join us as founding members of our new Toronto team. This group will partner with our global teams in Foster City, California and Melbourne, Victoria in the creation of epic content for some of the biggest games in the world. This is an opportunity to help grow and shape a AAA team from the ground up, adding new skills to your armory while gaining the unique satisfaction that only comes from building something brand new. Join us on our quest to maintain and improve a healthy and inspiring studio culture!

The studio is navigating their 2nd decade of game development, focused on constant evolution, innovation and qualified risk-taking โ€“ which are some of the most rewarding aspects of game development. With world-class content production and engineering teams, weโ€™ve been able to achieve some of the highest-quality game execution of any studio in the industry. We love what we do and work hard to make sure that each new game we make is even better than the last. Creativity is key, and weโ€™re looking for talented game developers for our exciting new projects.

Sledgehammer Games is wholly owned by Activision.

Your Mission

As a Senior Animator, you will become part of a tight-knit team that prides itself on creating in-game and cinematic animations that are complex and believable. Working with the department lead, you will receive shot assignments or animation tasks that contribute to furthering understanding of character and/or action and advance the emotional and gameplay goals of the project. Completing your work will require you to build relationships with many production disciplines, such as Design, Engineering, and Environment, as you all collaborate to achieve the best visual and narrative results for each game.

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Use traditional animation fundamentals to craft game motions that range from stylized to hyper-realistic.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of camera animation and cinematic framing, as well as shot continuity and facial animation.
  • Respond well to feedback and be willing to iterate multiple times to achieve the polish level we need to deliver AAA titles.
  • Troubleshoot tool implementations and spearhead workflow improvements in order to increase the efficiency and creativity of the team.

Player Profile

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5 years professional animation experience
  • 2+ years of experience specifically as a game animator
  • Knowledge of Cinematic and Motion Capture Editing and cleanup
  • Strong animation fundamentals with a focus on human movement
  • Ability to adapt to new tools and tech
  • Expert animating in the Maya environment
  • Strong problem-solving skills both technical and cross-department
  • Ability to mentor Junior Animators
  • Ability to think philosophically about character movement

Extra Points:

  • An understanding of character creation (modeling, texturing, and rigging) is a bonus.
  • An interest in participating in live previs shoots to help clarify tone, choreography, and pacing for mocap actors.

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Dutyยฎ, World of Warcraftยฎ, Overwatchยฎ, Diabloยฎ, Candy Crushโ„ข and Bubble Witchโ„ข. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for โ€˜Every Worldโ€™ - weโ€™ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Sledgehammer Games is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.