Lead Gameplay Animator
Posted on 4/4/2023
Blackbird Interactive

201-500 employees

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Unreal Engine
Art, Graphics & Animation
  • 5+ years of animation experience with 2+ years in a gameplay animation leadership role with at least one shipped product as a lead
  • Experience establishing animation in game projects from concept to launch
  • Experience creating and guiding an animation team in stylistic animation pillars
  • Understanding of gameplay considerations, limitations and implications for animation
  • A deep understanding of animation techniques and workflows using Maya
  • Consistently document and refine animation workflows, tools, and practices
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong leadership, time and priority management skills
  • Ability to work flexibly, accept and give feedback and adapt to change
  • Embrace collaboration as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience with Unreal Engine
  • Experience with rigging and/or autorigging tools (Advanced Skeleton, mGear, etc)
  • A deep passion for, and familiarity with, games, their development and history
  • Define the animation vision for a broad array of stylized characters, creatures and animals
  • Develop strongly-supported creative, feature and technical proposals and pitch them effectively to ensure buy-in
  • Define and execute a full array of animation requirements to satisfy gameplay criteria
  • Document team processes and style guide
  • Direct local and external staff with clear, concise and effective guidance and feedback
  • Drive critical review process for your team in a positive, respectful and nurturing manner
  • Collaborate with Art, Design, Audio, Technical and Creative Directors to achieve powerful play-experiences and an instantly recognizable brand aesthetic
  • Partner directly with Sr. Character Artist and Technical Animators to ensure practical and effective solutions for all character types and variations
  • Work with technical staff to develop an animation pipeline that is scalable, adaptable, and balances flexibility with animator accessibility
  • Consider and balance technical limitations and opportunities with creative objectives
  • Invest in growing your skills, knowledge and experience - step out of your comfort zone