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Freelance Gameplay Animator (6 Month Contract/Remote)

Remote New Media
Why Join Us?
To put it simply: you’ll work with great people, making top-tier, high-quality interactive experiences with the best IP in the world. We set out to build an uncompromising vision for a game studio and found the ideal partner in Skydance to extend its reach and sustainability. To fully deliver our vision for these games we assembled the best external development, publishing and IP partners in the world. Our internal team will remain small relative to other AAA developers so we can all maintain the highest levels of familiarity, trust and effectiveness. You’ll be surrounded by industry veterans, currently with an average of 20 years’ experience, in a climate of mutual trust, maturity, candor and playful collaboration. We believe that life’s too short to work with difficult people, regardless of talent, so exceptional character and strong principles are requirements for every role. Your days will be focused on solving creative and technical problems, not navigating corporate politics. 
We are open to a spectrum of remote working and office scenarios for staff. This will include regular team get-togethers and travel throughout the year, so we benefit from the best of both worlds – flexibility and efficiency as well as team cohesion.
What You’ll Do:
We are searching for a Gameplay Animator to join our core team developing a high quality, AAA single-player story-driven action-adventure game built using the Unreal Engine. This is a 6-month contract position with opportunity to extend.
As part of a small animation team, we are looking for someone capable of providing high quality human gameplay animation across many different types of motion (Combat, Traversal, Locomotion, etc…) utilizing both mocap and hand keyed to provide a wide range of animation data for the game systems. The main focus will be on preproduction and fast iteration to get systems up and running as quickly as possible.

In This Role, You Will:

  • Produce gameplay animation content from previs, motion capture
  • Generate hand-keyed placeholder content as necessary
  • Collaborate closely and proactively with design, engineering and animation teams
  • Implement animation content into gameplay systems in Unreal
  • Create animation content in Maya and/or Motionbuilder
  • Quickly generate content for design and systems development
  • Iterate on and tune content in DCC and engine
  • We Are Looking for People Who:

  • Are able to push visual quality to a high degree of both realism and exaggerated movement 
  • Thrive in a self-driven environment 
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Are a great communicator and cross-discipline collaborator 
  • Have a strong understanding of animation fundamentals
  • Have a general understanding of AAA game animation development 
  • Have a general understanding of Game engine limitations and possibilities
  • Have 3+ years experience in Gameplay Animation
  • Have strong time management skills
  • Experience with motion matching data is a plus
  • Hand keyed human motion experience is a plus
  • Unreal Engine experience is a plus
  • What is Skydance New Media?
    Amy Hennig (co-creator of the Uncharted series) and Julian Beak, both 30-year veterans in the game industry, have built a new studio with Skydance Media (the studio behind Mission: Impossible, Top Gun: Maverick, The Old Guard, Grace and Frankie) that is laser-focused on premium action-adventure games with rich, compelling stories. Our first productions will tap into the traditions of adventure cinema to create an engaging, energetic experience that captures the spirit of TV and film to excite both gamers and non-gamers alike. These games will be best-in-class for both visual fidelity and innovative gameplay on the latest console platforms and PCs.
    Visit Our Website: Skydance New Media

    Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
    Skydance is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to building and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. We welcome and consider applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy status, military/veteran status, disability, or any other protected category. Diversity in the workplace is not just a commitment, it is who we are and a reflection of what makes our world special.