Lead Cinematic Animator (Hybrid)

Posted 08 March 2023
Salary Negotiable
Job type Permanent
Contact NameJordan Langley

Job description

Deep Silver Dambuster Studios have an exciting opportunity within their highly talented and experienced animation department for a Lead Cinematic Animator. Reporting to the Animation Director, you will be working on the highly successful Dead Island franchise on PC and consoles.

Your Responsibilities…
  • Work closely with the Animation Director to realise motion captured and key framed animations to a world class cinematic level
  • Breakdown scripts to deliver the narrative cinematics and scripted events
  • Inspire the team by setting a high standard for cinematography and character development
  • Deliver on high quality cinematic animations at every stage of the pipeline, from the initial concept to final polish and implementation into UE4
  • Plan, schedule and direct full performance captures
  • Work closely with the Technical Leads and Production, providing regular feedback to improve the cinematic pipeline
  • Regular communication with production and other departmental leads to maintain schedules and deliver to deadlines
  • Identify and develop the growth of the team through hiring future team members
  • Provide creative and technical feedback to the team
  • Manage, train, and mentor the growth of the cinematic team
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed
The skills and experience you’ll bring to the role…
  • 5+ years’ experience as a cinematic animator
  • 1 or more shipped AAA title in a lead position
  • Excellent understanding of cinematics, narrative, and character development
  • Ability to improve shots through full performance captured data
  • Expert knowledge of Maya and Motion Builder
  • Strong keyframe skills
  • Solid understanding of the core principles in animation with the ability to adapt to different animation styles
  • Good working knowledge of UE4 and the cinematic toolset
  • Excellent communications skills to work with other departments
  • Excellent understanding of production procedures and software employed in the team
  • Good interpersonal motivational, and communication skills
  • Able to manage, plan and organise time.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines.
Perks and benefits include…
  • Relocation assistance
  • Funded learning and development opportunities
  • Flexible working
  • Gym membership and cycle to work scheme
  • Free financial advice and an employee referral bonus scheme
  • Support and encouragement to participate in outreach opportunities
  • Quarterly company funded team building events and social activities
  • Peer nominated SuperStar of the month award
Deep Silver Dambuster have fostered a creative and collaborative work environment with genuine opportunities to progress within the studio, within which their experienced, passionate, and diverse team develop AAA titles using Cutting edge tech all from a vibrant, modern, and well-serviced city-centre studio!