Senior Technical Animator


Posted 02.05.2019

Come join the award-winning God of War development team! Sony Santa Monica is looking for a Senior Technical Animator to partner with the Gameplay Engineering, Animation, and Tech Art teams to drive the development of animation features, systems, and pipelines.


  • Collaborate with engineering, design, tech art, and animation teams to prototype features, drive the development of animation systems, and provide solutions to in game animation
  • A deep understanding of animation pipelines and the scripting experience to define and improve production pipelines and tools
  • Work with programmers and technical artists to maintain technical requirements involving all tool and pipeline development
  • Communicate across departments and support the teams in the integration of animations into the game engine by authoring animation blends, tags and best practices
  • Debug animation related problems related to compression and blending
  • Improve character animation pipeline and support driving new animation technology
  • Work in a team-oriented environment and use organizational and interpersonal skills on a daily basis and bring a creative and proactive attitude to the task of animating performances
  • Actively advances skill set and abilities by keeping aware of industry trends and techniques, evaluating competitive products, learning new software packages and traditional art methods


  • Expert knowledge of motion capture processes and data manipulation
  • High level of expertise with MotionBuilder and Maya
  • In depth knowledge of in-game animation systems, blending and layering methods, retargeting, and state machines
  • Tools development and scripting skills, comfortable in languages like Python, MEL and LUA
  • Strong problem solver with the ability to support the animation team with troubleshooting and technical assistance
  • Good communication, organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills
  • Works under minimal direction to determine and develop approach to solutions
  • 5+ years’ of industry or related experience

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