Animator (Senior, Principal, or Lead)

Animation Los Angeles, CA Montréal, QC SF Bay Area, CA Vancouver, BC

Phoenix Labs is looking for a Senior Animator to join our growing game teams. The ideal animator has a deep passion for stylized hand keyed animation as well as games. You have experience injecting personality into your animations while keeping in mind gameplay constraints. You will take your knowledge of the principles of animation and contribute to the animation style of our original IPs. You will use your technical knowledge and problem solving skills to collaborate with engineers to ensure your assets feel and behave as intended. 

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Art Director and the rest of the animation team to help establish and reinforce quality and style throughout the product
  • Proactively share knowledge and mentor up and coming animators
  • Help contribute to animation workflow documentation for the internal team as well as external partners
  • Take animation from the initial blocking through implementation while striving to get the best gameplay feel
  • Heavily influence the development of our animation workflows, tools, and pipelines
  • Set animation standards throughout the studio and regularly share techniques within the animation community internally as well as externally at events. (For the Principal Role)

Qualifications

  • Several years of game developmentor equivalent creative entertainment experience
  • An expert understanding of Maya and/or equivalent software
  • Strong knowledge of the principles of animation and how to apply them to elevate gameplay
  • Experience animating various character types from bipedal humans to multi-limbed creatures
  • The ability to balance creative goals with the requirements of production
  • Experience hiring, mentoring, and leading teams (For the Lead Role)

Preferred

  • Previous experience with Unreal Engine
  • Familiarity with blueprint, and animation blueprints
  • An understanding of animation blend trees and state machines

Who we are:

At Phoenix Labs, we make games because we love them, and we love the way they inspire us, bring us together, and enrich our lives.

Our mosaic community of game developers is united by shared values and a singular mission: Do the best work of our careers creating timeless games, powered by trust, courage, and an unwavering regard for players and each other.

Phoenix Labs have studios located in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, and San Mateo. We are backed by Garena, our long-time partner in Southeast Asia.