Lead Campaign Animator


Raven Software

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Lead Campaign Animator

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Job Description:

Job Title:            Lead Campaign Animator

Reporting To:    Associate Animation Director

Department:      Animation

Location:             Madison, Wisconsin

Your Platform

Founded in 1990, Raven Software is the developer of numerous award-winning games including Hexen, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and most recently, a major contributor to the blockbuster Call of Duty® franchise. We’re based in Middleton, Wisconsin, a suburb of Madison, annually ranked on numerous lists as one of the top places to live and work.

We have a unique vision for our industry. One that has and continues to inspire us. We bring no egos. We focus on what is best for the game. We hire stunning peers. We own our own mistakes. We treat each other with respect. After nearly 30 years, Raven Software is still thriving. We developed a team who cares about one another, our games and our players. As we enter the next exciting chapter of our story, we are growing. Our team is creative, highly intelligent, well-led and equipped to face this exciting future. If you want to work with a world-class team, on exciting new projects, then apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.

Raven Software is wholly owned by Activision. To learn more about our studio, please visit us at www.ravensoftware.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ravensoftware, and @RavenSoftware on Twitter.

Your Mission

As a Lead Campaign Animator, you will have a strong knowledge in creating in-game animations and how blending with the game narrative to bring these epic moments to the game.

Working alongside experienced Raven artists and our highly skilled Animation Team to produce content for high profile games. Successful applicants should be comfortable with all levels of ownership, from team management and leadership, through to providing high-level feedback. You must be able to thrive in a challenging environment with an aptitude for critical thinking and analysis, boundless creativity, a good visual aesthetic, and with a deep passion for playing videogames. Experience in first-person shooter (FPS) games and extensive knowledge of the Call of Duty games is a huge plus.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of our highly talented team of proven developers who are passionate about making games.

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:   

  • Working with Creative and Gameplay Directors, Animation Directors, and Production teams to visualize and support all animation needs for the game including gameplay and scripted animation sequences
  • Working with team of Animators to produce pre-visualizations for key gameplay moments and present concept ideas to the team
  • Work with the Animation and Motion Capture teams to support both shoot preparation and directing during performance shooting
  • Support and assist in trouble shooting technical issues relating to gameplay animation
  • Partner with out-sourcing teams to identify work for external development and all files and documentation are delivered to vendors, providing animation direction and feedback, and working to ensure all content delivered meets quality expectations
  • Lead a team of animators providing work assignments, feedback, and together with senior team leadership, ensuring we have the resources and talents to deliver on all campaign animation needs
  • Work with the Technical Animation team contributing and providing feedback on rigs and help developing ever more efficient tools and pipelines
  • As a team lead you will be involved in all areas of hiring and team growth including career development and 1:1 meeting with your direct reports, and all general duties focused on team management aimed at continuing to build the best team of animators in the industry

Player Profile

Minimum Requirements:

  • Expert knowledge in both 1st person and 3rd person gameplay animations and a strong understanding in the language of gameplay storytelling techniques
  • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university and/or seven plus years related experience in AAA video games, film, or equivalent
  • Highly skilled in all areas of 3D animation principals and techniques, and a skillful awareness for timing, composition, and performance
  • Can quickly learn and master new tools, processes, and pipelines.
  • Expert in Autodesk Maya and other 3d software packages
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively, providing direction to drive scene vision to other disciplines and departments
  • Contribute and be part of a highly creative team, giving and receiving feedback
  • Absolute passion for playing and making the industry’s best videogames

Extra Points:

  • Essential - demo-reel demonstrating excellent examples of film or game development that supports your application

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment.  We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Raven Software is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!  Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company.  You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $97,200.00 - $179,900.00 Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

Location: location Middleton, Wisconsin, United States of America

Date posted: 2023-01-04