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Senior Animator

at Machine Zone

Posted: 10/17/2017
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: d5bd1a2c-703a-499b-8dcf-68e9ef2ff9f9

Job Description

Senior Animator

Palo Alto, CA
Game Art
Full-time

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MZ, the creators of the globally successful Game of War and Mobile Strike mobile games, is looking for creative, ambitious, highly skilled people to develop cutting edge next-gen Game Art for our massive scale mobile games.

The 3D Animator is an integral part of the MZ Art team and should be experienced in Maya 3D key-framing with hands on experience as a Character animator as well as a strong understanding in character rig setups. Past experience should be at least 5 years as an animator with at least 2 AAA games for mobile and/or console as a 3D Animator. MZ games will be seen by tens of millions of global players in the future. This is your chance to leave your legacy and be part of gaming history!

What you'll be doing:

Create outstanding 3D Animations of humanoids, creatures, vehicles, assets, and implement them into the game engine in various formats

Mentor other artists in various areas of animation development and provide a wealth of knowledge to external departments
Support Art Director and Lead Animator in the execution of the visual direction.
Create and maintain basic documentation, understand and drive good file asset management
Assist in outsourcing approval/feedback as needed
Take on larger and more complex tasks and complete them quickly at a high quality bar
Proactively communicate with contacts in other disciplines and departments to maintain clarity of feature goals

Your background and who you are:

5+ years as a 3D Animator in the game industry

Expert in Maya
Excellent communication, collaboration, interpersonal, and organizational skills
Experience or knowledge of isometric game development
Some experience in creating VFX, particles in Maya or effects tools
Proficient at rigging characters, props, and environments
Self-motivated, able to work independently with limited direction to achieve the result that the Lead and Art Director are looking for

Bonus points:

Multiple project Experience in the game industry

Some low level scripting experience, MEL, PYTHON
Experience developing rough storyboards / block-ins
Experience with sprite based animation

MZ is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, medical condition, religion, marital status or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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