Principal Unreal Animator

Human & Creature Animation - Redefining VR - Realistic Combat Games

Location
Amsterdam
Employment Type
Permanent
Salary
Salary on application
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Principal Animator in Amsterdam

This industry leading Amsterdam studio is looking for a Principal Animator to join their world class team. This is a great opportunity for a games industry veteran who has a strong understanding of realistic human and creature animation with an in-depth knowledge of Maya and unreal Engine 4. You will need to excel at creating and implementing high quality mo-cap and hand-keyed animations as well as blend shapes and setting up blend trees. This company is looking to redefine VR and bring realistic combat action and characters to their new games, this will be your responsibility as well as mentoring and motivating your team.

Principal Animator responsibilities:

  • Create benchmark creature, character and object animations
  • Collaborate with people from all over the studio to define our animation pipeline from rigging and animation in Maya to creation of Animation Blueprints and State Machines in Unreal Engine 4
  • Set the vision for animation whilst considering the balance between aesthetics and gameplay
  • Push to adopt new and innovative tools, pipeline improvements and workflow optimisations
  • Motivate and mentor your team of skilled animators to grow their artistic and technical abilities

Key requirements for this role in Amsterdam:

  • Excellent eye for core animation principals (timing, weight)
  • Knowledge of hand keyed and motion/facial captured animation
  • Proficient in different animations styles (realistic and cartoony)
  • Strong knowledge of character animation within Unreal Engine 4
  • Advanced knowledge of rigging and skinning in Maya
  • Provable experience of creative and technical leadership on a AAA product

If you would like to be a part of disrupting the games industry using amazing technology, this could be the perfect next step in your career. This studio values high quality, cutting-edge technology, and creating experiences that have not been created before, they intend to continue creating many of the ‘world’s first’ experiences.

This innovative studio is a great place to become a part of as they want their team members to flourish as a part of the games-production process. You will also benefit from relocation support (on a case-by-case basis), flexible working hours, group activities (including VR games of course!) and the option to borrow their latest VR software to take home and have a go at!

If you’d like to know more about this great opportunity, then contact JM@skillsearch.com for a discussion about the role and to have your application considered. Alternatively, apply online directly by attaching your CV below.

Tags: Maya, Unreal Engine 4, Principal Animator, VR

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Senior VFX and Animation Consultant Joe McKernan

Joe is our Animation and VFX Consultant, his passion for the latter springing from being blown away by the effects in Star Wars at a young age. His love hasn’t wavered and Joe always seems to bring out a new Star Wars t shirt every dress down we have! We are lucky to have him considering that he once got stuck half way up a mountain in Borneo so now he goes for flatter holidays – most recently driving across America in a Mustang.

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