Animation Director (Champions)

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Jam City

As a leading mobile games developer, Jam City is looking to “level up” our talent.  We’re searching for innovators  who consider themselves dynamic, collaborative, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. 

PERKS & BENEFITS
Unlimited Vacation, Paid Sick Days & Holidays
100% Employee Covered Medical, Dental, Vision Plan Base Plan
Life Insurance, 401k, Flexible Spending Accounts, Commuter Benefits & More
Catered Lunches & Well-stocked Kitchens
Yoga & Wellness Activities
Happy Hours
Company Events
Dog Friendly

ABOUT THE ROLE
As an Animation Director, you will ensure AAA quality performances across all animations within Champions Ascension.  You will accomplish this by managing the work of the animation team on the project, working directly with the senior leaders of the studio, and ensuring the appropriate technologies, methodologies, and skills are being used to maximum effectiveness.

RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Determine, direct and accomplish the vision and animation quality bar on the project.
    • Oversee a team of animators to deliver the creative vision for all animations.
    • Direct the animation, balancing performance, quality, and continuity.
    • Work with the Project’s Planners to achieve all technical, schedule, and budgetary requirements.
    • Provide daily feedback and direction to the animation team.
    • Guide the evolution strategy of the animation pipeline.
    • Establish efficient animation procedures.
    • Collaborate with Project’s Planners and Technical Art team to deliver animations that meet technical and production needs.

WHO YOU WILL BE WORKING WITH

    • The Creative Director, and Combat Director to establish the animation direction, style, quality, and execution.
    • Designers and engineers to achieve compelling animations that match the overall game quality and expectations.
    • Technical artists, character riggers, and modelers to ensure our characters move & deform beautifully.
    • Graphics engineers ensure characters are grounded in the world with VFX, such as dirt, blood, shadows, and lighting.
    • Gameplay Engineers to ensure characters align with the physical limitations you determine and work with other characters and the environment in believable ways.

QUALIFICATIONS

    • 4+ years of directing animation with excellent credentials in high-profile AAA games.
    • A great eye for style and motion quality, combined with a deep technical skill set.
    • Team leadership, people, and mentoring skills.
    • Experience in visual and technical innovation.
    • Able to inspire and lead teams to accomplish high-quality animations within time and budget.
    • Able to guide a team to balance creative goals with the requirements of production.
    • Knowledge of common practices and an understanding of industry trends.
    • A complete understanding of the setup and working with animation trees and state machines.
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OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, DIVERSITY, & INCLUSION
We believe in creating games that unite people across the world and that showcase our commitment to providing an environment that is both inclusive and diverse for our players and employees. We strive to create a workforce that is reflective of our global player community as we know that we are stronger and better when we play together. To help promote an inclusive culture, we celebrate the visible and invisible diversity of our Jam Citizens through initiatives including Employee Resource Groups, cultural events, trainings, speaker series, and more. 

Jam City is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, age, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, religion, ethnicity, marital, or domestic partnerships status, disability, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expressions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws. Our management is committed to following this policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruiting, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.

ABOUT JAM CITY
Jam City is an award-winning mobile entertainment studio providing unique and deeply engaging games that appeal to a broad, global audience.

Led by CEO Chris DeWolfe, former MySpace co-founder and CEO, and COO Josh Yguado, former 20th Century Fox executive, Jam City is the creative powerhouse behind some of the highest-grossing and most enduring mobile games. Jam City’s global franchise Cookie Jam has generated more than half a billion dollars, and Panda Pop has more than 120 million downloads to date.

The company also is the go-to studio for Hollywood, having developed immersive, narrative-rich mobile games around iconic entertainment brands. The company’s popular RPG game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery was the #1 game in more than 40 countries at its launch in April 2018.

Jam City has nine studios located in Los Angeles (HQ), Berlin, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Burbank, Cedar Falls, San Diego, San Francisco, and Toronto.
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Date posted: 2022-07-22