Full Time Job

Animation Director

Epic Games

Cary, NC 02-21-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description

What We Do

Push your artistic talent to the limit on a team of world-class environment, character and concept artists who strive to innovate and inspire.

What You'll Do

Epic Games is searching for an Animation Director to join our team working on Fortnite. We're seeking a passionate individual to spearhead an animation team for our first-party game development, with a keen focus on elevating animation quality and pushing the boundaries of what's achievable in Fortnite - someone who can expand our horizons, and bridge animation techniques like motion capture and keyframe, while maintaining a balanced expertise across animation spectrums. You'll collaborate with various teams, aligning with engine and gameplay requirements while championing animation's unique discipline. This role involves helping shape the creative, technical, and production pipeline, optimizing workflows, and pushing animation within UEFN - furthering the animation excellence integral to our Battle Royale endeavors and across Fortnite's diverse landscape

In this role, you will
• Fulfill a dual role as both an individual contributor and a leader and mentor for members of the Animation team
• Maintain a world-class animation team by working closely with talents to form a well-rounded, high-performing group of animators and foster the development of a robust knowledge base among team members to guide their career growth and advancement
• Act as the guardian of quality and authenticity in the style and feel of Fortnite's animation and collaborate closely with Producers, Designers, Engineers, and Artists to actualize the game vision including providing time estimates for project planning, assessing coverage needs, and determining the quantity required for our animation pipelines
• Stay informed about and evaluate new technologies and techniques in the industry for potential application in the game and advocate for the development of tools to optimize processes and workflows
• Manage and contribute to maintaining positive morale and a healthy team culture

What we're looking for
• Minimum 8+ years of relevant animation experience
• Team Lead experience on at least one AAA title
• Strong proficiency in Maya and Unreal Engine
• In-depth knowledge of Maya's rigging tools and animation workflows
• Expertise in art pipelines, dependencies, and project scope
• Familiarity with directing and editing motion and performance capture
• Portfolio showcasing relevant animation experience in games and/or film
• Deep understanding of animation workflows and rigging for Unreal Engine
• Strong communication skills with a grasp of various art disciplines (animation, character, environment, VFX)
• Familiarity with game engines, art integration pipelines, and optimization techniques

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Epic does not accept any unsolicited resumes or approaches from any unauthorized third party (including recruitment or placement agencies) (i.e., a third party with whom we do not have a negotiated and validly executed agreement). We will not pay any fees to any unauthorized third party. Further details on these matters can be found here.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gww4vj-3-239-91-5-42 in your application.

Company Profile
Epic Games

Founded in 1991, Epic Games is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Epic operates Fortnite, one of the world’s largest games with over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections. Epic also develops Unreal Engine, which powers the world’s leading games and is also adopted across industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing, and simulation.