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Technical Animator

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Santa Monica, CA

About Treyarch

Founded in 1996, Treyarch is an award-winning videogame studio, driven to create awesome games for the world to enjoy. It is an approach that has helped make the studio behind the Black Ops series an industry-leading developer. Call of Dutyยฎ: Black Ops, Call of Dutyยฎ: Black Ops II, Call of Dutyยฎ: Black Ops III and the studioโ€™s most recent release, Call of Dutyยฎ: Black Ops 4, have all gone on to break industry records. Additionally, Treyarch is the birthplace of fan favorite, Call of Dutyโ€™s Zombies.

Working at Treyarch means having the opportunity to work on some of the biggest videogames in the industry, all within a culture that values individual talent and the teams that bring games to life. We provide our teams with the cutting-edge development tools needed to make their most ambitious plans a reality, allowing for rapid iteration and the ability to create the kinds of memorable gameplay moments that are ultimately shared by millions of fans around the world. We also embrace challenges, knowing that together, we can overcome anythingโ€ฆand hopefully inspire a few new game developers along the way.

Your Mission

As a Technical Animator you will support the animation production pipeline and improve workflows. You will identify potential issues and deploy correct solutions. While working with the Animation Department and studio leads, you will develop new tools and/or refine existing ones to ensure that the Animation Department operates smoothly. Through your technical knowledge, the you will help bridge and facilitate communication between the Animation team and other departments.


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

  • Author and maintain various animation tools
  • Look for opportunities to improve our animation pipeline and provide solutions for technical animation problems
  • Establish workflow processes to guarantee the success of the Animation Department
  • Create and support animation rigs for Motionbuilder and/or Maya
  • Collaborate with the character artists to help create characters that meet technical and animation requirements
  • Help problem-solve in-game animation implementation issues.
  • Develop new techniques and processes to solve animation production challenges
  • Using various scripting languages (e.g. Python), you will create and maintain animation related tools
  • Research latest applicable technologies and 3rd party software packages
  • Be involved with the Motion Capture pipeline and contribute to its efficiency

Player Profile

Minimum Requirements

  • 4+ years of experience in game industry
  • 2+ years of experience as a Technical Animator
  • Expert knowledge of Motion Builder, Maya
  • Broad knowledge of overall game technology.
  • Strong Scripting experience (e.g. Python, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of both figure and facial anatomy
  • Experience with character rigging
  • Experience with Motion Capture workflows and pipelines.
  • Experience with setting up production pipelines while being able to follow guidelines
  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills

Extra Points

  • Programming experience is a plus (e.g. C++, C#, etc.)

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.

Treyarch 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.