Full Time Job

Advanced Artist / Animator, Facial

Warner Media

Kirkland, WA 08-25-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description
For the past 20 years Monolith Productions has been obsessed with delivering a unique gaming experience for our fans. Starting with Blood, our very first title – all the way to our most recent offering, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, we are constantly pushing the envelope to combine innovative gameplay, inventive narratives, cutting edge tech & AI, and stunning visuals. We are challenging ourselves even further to ensure that our next project is going to be our best yet. That's where you come in – for us to achieve that, we need the best and brightest talent the industry has to offer. Help us create our next AAA title.

Monolith a subsidiary of WB Games Inc. seeks an Advanced Artist/Animator who has a passion for creating emotional and nuanced facial animation performances and who loves to get into the technical details of how to get there. Along with creating exception facial animation content, candidate will work with the team on establishing, maintaining and continually improving the quality of facial animations for systemic in game presentations and real-time cinematics. The Advanced Artist/Animator, Facial Animation will work closely with the Facial Animation team, Department Leads, Directors, and other key stakeholders in the continued development and improvements of the facial animation pipeline to ensure that the team has a scalable and efficient toolset that is outputting at the highest quality content. The Advanced Artist/Animator, Facial Animation is responsible for researching, developing, and recommending new art/tech to help push the studio quality bar of facial animation content forward. Candidate will have a deep understanding of the nuances of facial performance, animation principles, facial capture pipeline and associated art tools.

Work Experience
• 8+ years working as an animator in the entertainment industry with a focus on facial animation
• At least 2 shipped AAA titles.
• Experience in mocap animation pipelines.
• Experience working in modern facial animation pipelines

Education, Professional Training, Technical Training or Certification
• BA in art or related field or equivalent experience

• At least 8+ years' experience with industry standard 3-D animation package (3D Studio Max, Motion Builder, and Maya)
• Deep understanding of FACS based animation analysis and implementation (Example Faceware).
• Strong understanding of facial likeness capture and scan processes including light stage, photogrammetry, HMC and hybrid approaches.
• Deep knowledge of facial topology, anatomy and rigging solutions to best support both automated and individually authored performances.
• Demonstrated experience developing blend shape instances / attribute libraries to support targeted performances across a range of humanoid facial variants.
• Strong ability to direct and focus on the ''details that matter'' in emotional performances.
• Strong understanding of animation fundamentals with a deep knowledge of the history of animation.
• Strong understanding of Motion Capture process.
• Aptitude and passion for visual storytelling and emotional connection to game characters.
• Ability to learn quickly and adapt to new technology and complex pipelines.
• Solid organization skills with adherence to file structures, naming conventions and other established protocols.
• Ability to self-manage to ensure deadlines are met.
• Must be able to work well within a team. Willingness to provide and accept direction, and the ability to embrace change.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Other Requirements
• Portfolio/website/reel demonstrating fundamental foundation art skills, design sensibilities, and attention to detail.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d287nm-3-236-212-116-42 in your application.