Technical Animator

Responsibilities:

  • Learn how Naughty Dog gameplay systems work. This includes but it’s not limited to: player and non playable character animations
  • Be able to work with any system using the most efficient practices
  • Work with the design team to prototype new useful features using Naughty Dog scripting language
  • Ability to use the engine debug tools to solve gameplay problems and work with designers and programmers to find a solution
  • Ability to create high quality animation content in Maya and implement them correctly in our Naughty Dog engine
  • Help support other animators
  • Work with design and engineering to create new awesome, mind blowing systems and solutions
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed

Requirements & Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years working in the video-games industry
  • Good eye for animation is a must
  • Excellent problem solver / fire fighter
  • Highly motivated and proactive with a CAN DO attitude
  • Good general technical knowledge of how games work
  • Good communicator at a technical level
  • Deep knowledge of Maya: layers, trax editor, mocap tools
  • In engine animation layering knowledge
  • Familiar with some kind of Animation system: unreal, morpheme, unity, etc.
  • Knowledge of scripting /code system: python, C++, etc.

As a part of the Naughty Dog application process, candidates will be expected to provide a portfolio or demo reel of their work and may be asked to complete an animation test.

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If you don’t see your desired position listed—don’t fret! Just apply under the General Application tab and send us your resume, along with a link to your portfolio or demo reel (if applicable). Please do not send us any unsolicited game ideas, scripts, treatments, code, or other creative works. Sorry, Naughty Dog does not offer any internships or student work-study opportunities at this time.

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The Recruiting Process

We feel it is important to let you know how the recruiting process works here at Naughty Dog. Here is what you can expect from us:

  1. Upon submission, you will receive an automated message stating your resume has been received and will be reviewed thoroughly by our recruiting team.
  2. Due to the high volume of applications received, it is not possible to respond directly to each candidate.
  3. If you are selected, you will be contacted for an initial phone screen or test.
  4. The next step is a second phone or Skype interview, or an invite to come out and meet us at the studio.
  5. In the event that we choose not to move forward at any point in the recruiting process, we will let you know.
  6. If your qualifications do not match the criteria of a current position, your resume will be kept on file for future consideration.

Thank you for your interest in Naughty Dog.