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Hardsuit Labs is looking for a talented and passionate Senior Animator with a deep knowledge of animation principles and body mechanics to join the team. The Senior Animator will work closely with the Lead Animator, Art Director, and other departments to help bring personality and soul to the characters of our games. The successful candidate will bring a solution-focused approach to problem solving, be equipped with excellent communication skills, and have a deep knowledge of the tools of the trade. 

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position based in Seattle, WA. Due to conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, all positions at Hardsuit Labs are subject to remote interviews and remote work. 


Core Responsibilities

Support the artistic vision and project goals. Work with the Lead Animator and Art Director to establish guidelines and requirements for animation across the game, while working to meet deadlines and ensure that the visual identity and quality bar of animations is met.

A master of your craft. Create high-quality animations for player characters, creatures, bosses, and other in-game actors and other aspects of 3D animation that consistently meet and enhance Art Direction, gameplay needs, and technical specifications of the project.

Communication champion. Help build and maintain documentation and asset management pipelines, focusing on facilitating collaboration between Technical Animators, Technical Artists, Game Designers, Software Engineers, and other disciplines to support the holistic gameplay experience.

Team player. Assist Designers, Engineers, and other groups with development and delivery of prototypes. Help manage and mentor growing animators by providing guidance and setting a visual tone for their work.


Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years game animation experience or equivalent experience creating high-quality animations in real time rendering environments. 
  • Strong knowledge of Unreal Engine (UE4) state machines, animation graphs, and blend spaces
  • Excellent overall documentation and communication skills. 
  • Proven ability to create realistic human/non-human characters utilizing motion capture data, and handkey animation techniques, including facial animation. 


Preferred Qualifications

  • High proficiency with UE4.
  • Passion for the Vampire the Masquerade and World of Darkness IPs. 
  • Skill in one or more related disciplines: illustration, modeling, rigging, or technical art. 
  • Deep knowledge of 1st and 3rd person game mechanics, camera motion, and game design principles
  • Understanding of the video game art production pipeline.


Application Materials

  • Résumé and demo reel. 
  • Must be willing to complete an animation test. 


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Hardsuit Labs
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