Cinematic Artist


Posted 08.15.2018

Come join the award-winning God of War development team!  Santa Monica Studio is looking for a seasoned cinematic artist to help us continue our cinematic legacy!  This individual will contribute to creating cinematic content for Santa Monica Studio’s upcoming project.

As a team member, you will be working closely with the Director of Photography. You will need to have a strong grasp of cinematic language, be fluent in animation methods and comfortable holding a camera. 


  • Assist the Director of Photography with script breakdowns, scene staging and layout
  • Support the Director of Photography with both live action and 3D pre-vis
  • Operate the virtual camera when shooting on the Motion Capture stage
  • Process and clean up camera data shot on stage
  • Animate focus pulling for shot scenes


  • Expert in both Maya and Motion Builder
  • Technical acumen – be comfortable learning and working in a game engine environment
  • Strong understanding of cinematic language and lensing
  • Background in photography or cinematography is a must
  • Detail oriented and focused, able to study and memorize choreography
  • Ability to accurately execute on a given visual style
  • Skilled in conveying framing ideas using rough storyboards
  • Passion for video games


  • Experience in martial-arts or dance
  • Comfortable with basic scripting
  • Comfortable directing actors


  • Preferred education
    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Animation
  • Required Experience
    • 3 years in Video Game Cinematics or Pre-Vis and Layout

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