Animator

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Irvine, CA
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Full-time
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Secret Door
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Animator, Secret Door


At Secret Door we believe that some of our best memories come from shared experiences with friends. We are in the early days of our studio and there’s a ton of opportunity to have a big impact on what we are making. Most importantly, we know our games will be at their best when a variety of voices, identities, and perspectives go into their creation, so come join us!


We are looking for a talented, passionate, and experienced animator to join our team. As an animator you know that it takes more than a well-made 3D model to bring a character to life. How a creature moves says as much about its personality as how big its jaws/teeth may be. A player’s feelings about a character often come from the nuanced performances you create.


As our first animator, your close collaboration with the Art Lead and other discipline leads will establish and maintain a workflow that unlocks the creative potential for all involved. Your creative voice will help shape the visual style and character of an exciting and engaging world.


What You Will Do

  • Define and create in-game character animations and cutscenes bringing characters and creatures to life
  • Facilitate and help direct outsourced animation and rigging providing direction/input including creating block-out animations and animation briefs
  • Set and drive the vision for animation in collaboration with all art disciplines and design
  • Work with tech art to improve our animation pipeline, both in-engine and with external tooling


What We Need

  • Experience working on at least one shipped AAA game title as an in-game animator
  • Knowledge of body movement, anticipation, overshoot, follow-through, squash and stretch, forward and inverse kinematics, posing/timing, cycles and other facets of both 3D and 2D animation
  • Experience animating third-person and first-person ranged and melee combat
  • High level of follow through and ability to take initiative to solve problems
  • Experience with Maya
  • Excellent communication and collaborative problem solving skills in a fluid, iterative environment
  • Strong familiarity with rigging and rig evaluation/direction


Bonus if you have it:

  • Experience working in Unity
  • Experience working on mobile


Application Materials

Please provide a resume, portfolio, and cover letter when you apply


Secret Door is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate and welcome diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment.


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