3D Animator
World of Warcraft Irvine
Blizzard seeks a Hero who can champion an idea from concept to completion. We value positive team-players who give constructive input and are also open to hearing the feedback of others in return. Our ideal animator has experience animating both humanoids and creatures of all shapes and sizes. You enjoy creating cycles, appealing poses, visceral combat animations, and crowd pleasing emotes. You have a real passion for games and enjoy the challenge of crafting beautiful animations that are highly functional and serve the needs of the gameplay. Your strong interpersonal and collaboration skills compliment your artistic skillset.Blizzard seeks a Hero who can champion an idea from concept to completion. We value positive team-players who give constructive input and are also open to hearing the feedback of others in return. Our ideal animator has experience animating both humanoids and creatures of all shapes and sizes. You enjoy creating cycles, appealing poses, visceral combat animations, and crowd pleasing emotes. You have a real passion for games and enjoy the challenge of crafting beautiful animations that are highly functional and serve the needs of the gameplay. Your strong interpersonal and collaboration skills compliment your artistic skillset.

An Animator on the World of Warcraft team brings to life the characters and creatures of the world of Azeroth. A solid grasp of the principles of body movement, anticipation, overshoot, follow-through, squash and stretch, forward and inverse kinematics, and other facets of both 3D and 2D animation is essential. The ideal candidate works well in an environment of peers who are passionate about making great games.

Sound fun? If you are up to the challenge, we want to hear from you!

DAY TO DAY TASKS

  • Craft animation for characters, mounts and other assets• Animate within the World of Warcraft style
  • Understand, maintain, explore, and enhance our visual style guide
  • Communicate with Production, Art Management, and other departments
YOUR BACKGROUND
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in game development animating characters
  • Exceptional skills in animating the human bipedal figure, as well as other organic forms
  • A deep understanding of animation pipelines and the processes involved from the conceptual phase to implementation
  • Able to effectively collaborate with game designers and programmers
  • A passionate, and creative problem solver with a phenomenal team first attitude
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A passion for video games
  • Understanding of Blizzard Entertainment's visual style and a passion to push it to the next level
PLUSES
  • Have shipped AAA PC or console titles as a character animator
  • Skills in one or more of the related character creation tasks -- illustration, modeling, texturing, or rigging
  • Experience with MaxScript, or Mel
  • Excellent 2D animation skills
SEND US
  • Resume
  • A demo reel link; only online artwork submissions will be accepted (e.g. website, blog or online album).
  • Willing to complete an art test if requested to do so

Blizzard Entertainment 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.

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