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Associate Animation Director

Multiple Locations: Orlando, FL, USA • Los Angeles, CA, USA • Vancouver, BC, Canada • Toronto, ON, Canada

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Requisition Number: 174623

Position Title: Senior Animator

External Description:

Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets.

Create Animation is one of EA's central teams, responsible for bringing characters and performances to life across all of EA's franchises. Led by veterans from film and game industries, we work on award-winning franchises in partnership with teams like Maxis (The Sims), BioWare (Mass Effect, Dragon Age), Respawn (Jedi: Fallen Order, Apex Legends), EA Sports (FIFA, Madden) and other high profile game teams! We work on a diverse catalog of games across many different animation styles, from realistic to stylized, from humans to creatures.

The Senior Animator we are looking for will need to have expert level keyframe animation skills. Additionally, you will need to be comfortable shooting their own video reference, design core poses that convey the story and polish the animation to expected high quality benchmarks set by the team.

  • This is a 12-month temporary assignment

You will:

  • Report to Development Director and work with the Animation Director, Leads & team to maintain high-quality animation and technical delivery expectations for the project.
  • Collaborate with diverse teams including Design, Production, Engineering, Art, Modeling, VFX, and Audio, to achieve player goals and experience for a product.
  • Execute key frame animation with heavy emphasis on full body character acting and performance.
  • Shoot video reference, matching believable performance direction with creative vision and style.
  • Collaborate with multiple departments including art, tech and production.
  • Troubleshoot daily challenges and work with team members to find solutions.
  • Contribute to the continued improvements of the techniques and best practices of the animation team and offer mentorship where applicable.
  • Ensure all work is clean and organized with regards to assets within each file and file structure and storage.
  • Accept feedback and critiques to tailor your work towards the expected game experience.

You have:

  • Create feature film quality keyframe animation with heavy emphasis on full body character acting and performance.
  • 5+ years of experience as a Senior/Lead Animator in film or AAA game titles.
  • Expert keyframe animation ability combined with an excellent understanding of traditional animation principles and fundamentals.
  • Mastery of high-end animation software packages like Maya.
  • Understand or hands-on experience with animation state flows and blending trees in game engines such as Unity or Unreal.
  • Animation background, degree in Fine Arts or Computer Animation.

Pluses:

  • Knowledge of MEL, Python or other scripting languages.
  • Experience with facial and body motion capture processes.
  • Experience in Perforce and Shotgrid tools.
  • Enjoy playing games.

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Community / Marketing Title: Associate Animation Director

Company Profile:

Electronic Arts is the leading interactive entertainment company, powered by innovative technology. We create incredible experiences for millions of players around the world. But what matters most is our people who inspire us, and the world, to play. As we bring new forms of entertainment to people around the world, we need creative, collaborative, diverse and adaptable people to keep making Electronic Arts better.

EEOText: About EA We exist to inspire the world to play. Through innovative technology and immersive storytelling, we deliver new ways of experiencing worlds of interactive entertainment for our millions of players worldwide. Our strength lies in the diversity of our people, combining creativity, innovation and passion. We fully champion inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for growing, learning, and leading that allows for the most impactful and rewarding work of our teams’ careers. We put our people first, and we make sure they’re taken care of both in and out of the office. As we reflect on our learnings and successes from remote work, we aim to provide dynamic, collaborative and flexible work environments for our teams. Our employees connect through our Employee Resource Groups, which are actively involved in driving business decisions every step of the way. But our support doesn’t end at the workplace—we also encourage a balanced lifestyle with paid time off and new parent leave, free video games, fitness reimbursement and more. Our goal is to provide a safe, respectful and inspiring workplace for all of our employees. Through our diversity, equity, inclusion and social responsibility programs, we’re doing the work to give everyone the space to be their full selves while giving back to our community. We’re looking for problem-solvers, game-changers, innovators, dreamers, doers—people that are ready to move the needle and build on our success. As our industry accelerates, we aren’t just keeping up—we’re staying ahead of the game. Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

Date Opened: 2022-07-13 17:16:06.74

EEO Employer Verbiage:

About EA

We exist to inspire the world to play. Through innovative technology and immersive storytelling, we deliver new ways of experiencing worlds of interactive entertainment for our millions of players worldwide. Our strength lies in the diversity of our people, combining creativity, innovation and passion. We fully champion inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for growing, learning, and leading that allows for the most impactful and rewarding work of our teams’ careers. 

 

We put our people first, and we make sure they’re taken care of both in and out of the office. As we reflect on our learnings and successes from remote work, we aim to provide dynamic, collaborative and flexible work environments for our teams. Our employees connect through our Employee Resource Groups, which are actively involved in driving business decisions every step of the way. But our support doesn’t end at the workplace—we also encourage a balanced lifestyle with paid time off and new parent leave, free video games, fitness reimbursement and more. 

 

Our goal is to provide a safe, respectful and inspiring workplace for all of our employees. Through our diversity, equity, inclusion and social responsibility programs, we’re doing the work to give everyone the space to be their full selves while giving back to our community. We’re looking for problem-solvers, game-changers, innovators, dreamers, doers—people that are ready to move the needle and build on our success. As our industry accelerates, we aren’t just keeping up—we’re staying ahead of the game.

 

Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

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