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Lead Animator - UK


Foundry 42 Ltd in Wilmslow, UK is looking for a Lead Animator to work with the design team under direction of the Game Director and Animation Director on animation related cinematic and story areas within Squadron 42 and Star Citizen.




  • Collaborate with Animation Director on implementing animations within the game engine
  • Work with the Cinematic Director and the Cinematic Designers to ensure that the performances captured on stage translate properly into the Real-time environment
  • Create key frame animation as well as working with motion capture data for in-game assets while following the given style guide
  • Ensure timely completion of animation commitments at the desired quality bar
  • Maintain consistency of team’s deliverables through regular critiques, feedback and mentoring. 
  • Partners with designers, programmers and other departments involved
  • Development of Motion Trees and Technical Solutions for combining high-quality in-game cinematics capture and AI/game code requirements
  • Work with the teams to develop documentation of Solutions and Processes





  • 4+ years of professional experience in game development - in an Animator capacity
  • Shipped (from pre-production to release) 2-3+, large scale, AAA titles (PC, current/next-gen consoles)
  • Positive, solution-orientated individual with a passion for game development
  • A thorough understanding of animation pipelines and the processes involved from the conceptual phase to implementation
  • Expert knowledge with Maya and other equivalent software
  • Motion Capture experience
  • Ability to create fluid, smooth, realistic animations with specific demonstration of animation fundamentals
  • Experience with next generation AAA game engines
  • An understanding of effective asset creation and optimization
  • High degree of self-motivation and initiative
  • Inherent ability to bring out the best in people, remains positive, ability to motivate your team
  • Expert in time management, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and act on feedback from the team, with an openness to critique
  • Passion and constant drive to stay up to date with latest technology and new techniques
  • International travel may be required as part of the role





  • Cinematography knowledge
  • Experience with CryEngine/Lumberyard
  • Experience with rigging
  • Strong interest in science fiction based themes
  • Experience with Outsourcing and/or collaboration with external studios

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