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Senior Animator

Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery

Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Welcome to Warner Bros. Discovery… the stuff dreams are made of.

Who We Are…

When we say, “the stuff dreams are made of,” we’re not just referring to the world of wizards, dragons and superheroes, or even to the wonders of Planet Earth. Behind WBD’s vast portfolio of iconic content and beloved brands, are the storytellers bringing our characters to life, the creators bringing them to your living rooms and the dreamers creating what’s next…

From brilliant creatives, to technology trailblazers, across the globe, WBD offers career defining opportunities, thoughtfully curated benefits, and the tools to explore and grow into your best selves. Here you are supported, here you are celebrated, here you can thrive.

Senior Animator - Avalanche Software

As a Senior Animator at Avalanche Software, you'll be at the forefront of creating captivating character performances and fluid gameplay animations. You'll work closely with our multidisciplinary team to craft unforgettable experiences for players worldwide.

Avalanche Software, the studio behind the record-breaking Hogwarts Legacy - the top-selling game of 2023 - is seeking a talented and passionate Senior Animator to join our team. As part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, we're pushing the boundaries of interactive entertainment and need your expertise to bring our next project to life.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create high-quality keyframe animations for characters, creatures, and environmental elements
  • Collaborate with designers and programmers to implement and refine animations in Unreal Engine 5
  • Mentor junior animators and contribute to the overall growth of the animation team
  • Participate in motion capture sessions and process mocap data for in-game use
  • Contribute to the evolution of our animation pipeline and workflow optimizations
  • Work closely with art directors to ensure animations align with the game's visual style and narrative goals

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of professional game animation experience, with at least 2 years in a senior role
  • Shipped at least one AAA title as a key animator
  • Expert knowledge of Maya, MotionBuilder, and Unreal Engine 5's animation systems
  • Strong understanding of human and animal anatomy, locomotion, and performance
  • Experience with procedural animation techniques and runtime animation systems
  • Proficiency in animating both realistic and stylized characters
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Excellent communication skills and a positive, solution-oriented attitude
  • Portfolio demonstrating a range of animation styles and technical proficiency

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with AI-driven animation systems
  • Knowledge of rigging and skinning techniques
  • Familiarity with Python or other scripting languages for animation tools
  • Background in traditional animation or fine arts

How We Get Things Done…

This last bit is probably the most important! Here at WBD, our guiding principles are the core values by which we operate and are central to how we get things done. You can find them at www.wbd.com/guiding-principles/ along with some insights from the team on what they mean and how they show up in their day to day. We hope they resonate with you and look forward to discussing them during your interview.

Championing Inclusion at WBD

Warner Bros. Discovery embraces the opportunity to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society and the world around us. Being an equal opportunity employer means that we take seriously our responsibility to consider qualified candidates on the basis of merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law. If you’re a qualified candidate and you require adjustments or accommodations to search for a job opening or apply for a position, please contact us at recruitadmin@wbd.com.