Senior Animator [Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora] (f/m/d)

Dec 03, 2022
Düsseldorf, Germany
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

As part of Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, you will play an instrumental role in bringing to life the beautiful and dangerous world of Pandora. This is a unique opportunity to keep growing your experience in games while working hand in hand with Disney’s creative minds and James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment.

As our new Senior Animator (f/m/d) at Ubisoft Düsseldorf, you will be responsible for bringing to life the characters and creatures of our games with stunning, high quality animations. 

What you will do: 

  • Animate characters and motion edit Mocap data within complex animation systems
  • Collaborate with Production and Lead Animator to create animations that fit to the visual style of the project
  • Provide knowledge and solutions for animation problems
  • Set up complex animation state machines and implement animations in the engine
  • Cooperation with other Ubisoft teams all around the world on a daily basis
  • Provide support, feedback and advice for artists

What you bring:

  • Experience as an Animator in game development with a strong understanding of keyframe animation, motion capturing and procedural animation
  • Proven experience on at least one shipped title
  • Working knowledge of Maya, Motion Builder, 3DSMAX, and/or other commercial 3D authoring packages
  • A keen eye for motion, weight, timing and animation
  • Being able to work with a complex animation system and complex animation state machines
  • Able to create content fitting to the project’s animation style and work within those limitations
  • Understand the technical workflows and the tools in animation production with the ability to modify and improve them
  • Be forward thinking and anticipate the needs of your project
  • High degree of self-motivation and initiative
  • Great communication skills and a positive attitude
  • Fluent in English, both verbally and written

* Experience with Motion editing and handling Mocap Data in Motion Builder is a plus
* Experience with node-graphs and node-based engines is a plus
* Rigging experience is a plus
* Experience as modeler and/or texture artist a plus
* Being an avid gamer is a plus 

What to send our way:

  • Your CV, highlighting your education, experience and skills 
  • A cover letter including your earliest starting date, expected salary and why you would like to join us 

Portfolio:

It is required that you submit a portfolio of your work with your application. You may do so by providing a link to an online portfolio (preferred) or attaching documents to your resume.
All portfolios must contain a detailed shot breakdown of the work. It must be very clear what you, the applicant, are responsible for in your reel, portfolio, screenshots etc.

The portfolio should contain the following:

  • Examples of character animation (full body motion, emotions etc.)
  • Examples of animation style variety
  • Examples of environment animation or visual effects
  • Examples of animation rigs and their functionality in a 3D package

Your benefits:

  • Relocation Support: We offer financial support in form of a cash allowance and assistance with accommodation search and settle-in support via our relocation partner, for international candidates we offer visa assistance 
  • Ubisoft Blue Byte Academy: We offer multiple opportunities for you to discover your full potential and develop yourself in various areas. Guest speakers from the industry, workshops and access to our training and development platform 
  • Discounted Games: Discount on employee game orders & free Ubisoft games on Ubisoft Connect 
  • Hybrid Work Model: Provides the flexibility to combine working from the studio and your home within Germany
  • Monthly Mobility Budget: 80€ per month that can be used on bicycle lease, parking spot rental or public transportation ticket 
  • Up To 350€ Childcare Support Per Child Per Month: In addition, we also offer 5 ‘care for ill children days’ per child per year 
  • Self-study And Training Hours: You have access to our in-house library 
  • Company Pension Scheme: We offer an attractive company pension scheme 
  • Gym Subsidy: We contribute 50% (up to a maximum amount of 25€) towards the monthly cost of a gym membership of your choice 
  • English And German Classes For Free: Good to know: Our main language in the studio is English 
  • Flexible Working Hours: We have core working times between 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM and the distribution of the other hours is up to you 
  • 26 Days Paid Vacation Per Year: Additionally, you will get half a day off on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and approximately 11 bank holidays in the Düsseldorf region 
  • Corporate Benefits Web Portal: With employee discount programs for affiliated retailers, shops and service providers   

We offer a highly motivating challenge for team players interested in showing personal initiative in an innovative and international company. If you are passionate about video games and would like to join an industry leader - please apply via our career portal.  

For further information, please check https://duesseldorf.ubisoft.com/en/.

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