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SENIOR TECHNICAL ANIMATOR

We are Vertigo Studios, the largest VR developer in the world and part of the Embracer Group, the largest group of developers in the world.


As our Amsterdam studio kicks off development of its most ambitious project to date, a true multi-platform AAA VR action shooter based on a global franchise, we are looking to recruit an experienced Technical Animator who can aid us in our mission.


Realistic, close-up creatures are at the core of this project and we aspire to greatly enhance the studio’s animation abilities on this field. To pull it off we need your help on all technical aspects of animation.


Do you enjoy being closely connected to animators, modelers, designers and programmers? And you know all about rigging, skinning, scripting, tool building and animation implementation in a game engine? Apply now!


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:


  • In Maya: create custom rigs, scripts and tools to streamline the animation workflow and pipeline
  • In Unreal Engine 4: setup animation and character Blueprints, tweak blend trees to animation perfection
  • Work with and advice the animators, character artists, game designers and programmers

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:


  • Expert in rigging and skinning
  • Advanced knowledge of scripting languages in Maya (Python and MEL)
  • Experience with facial animation and cinematic pipelines
  • Experience with ART in Maya and Unreal Engine 4
  • Affinity and experience with VR games
  • Experience implementing, setting up and tweaking animations in a game engine (Unreal Engine 4 preferred)
  • Able to work with both hand keyed and motion captured animations
  • An eye for core animation principles (e.g. timing, weight)
  • Modeling & texturing knowledge to advice 3D modelers on e.g. deformations

ABOUT YOU:


  • You enjoy a supporting, facilitating role but are also pro-active and engaging
  • You actively look for opportunities to make the animation workflow smoother and the quality better
  • You’ve experienced at least one full production cycle in a high-quality game project and similar role

WHAT WE OFFER:


  • A company culture that values a healthy work-life balance
  • Flexible working hours
  • 26 Standard vacation days with an option to buy 5 more
  • A healthy lunch in our canteen (when working from the office)
  • 30% Income tax reduction for eligible expats
  • Relocation cost compensation depending on your situation
  • Free pension plan
  • Free train commuting when living outside of Amsterdam
  • Group activities and an annual VR game jam (also whilst working from home)
  • Friday afternoon drinks (online)
  • The latest VR hardware and titles which you can borrow and take home
  • Whilst working from home we provide all the relevant hardware, budget for desk and chair and a contribution toward your energy costs

APPLY NOW

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