Senior 3D Animator

Italic Pig
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Posted
May 18, 2022
Full Time
Anywhere
Remote

We're looking to find the right people to join our team to work on a suite of games including wholesome dinosaur farming sim Paleo Pines, irreverent RPG adventure Quest Quest: The Quest for Quests, metaphysical VR elevator simulator The Infinite Hotel as well as all the weird things we still have in our heads that haven’t made it out yet.

You belong with us if you’re smart as a whip, sharp as a tack, and have an enthusiasm for telling unique and wacky stories through games and animation.

You’ll be working with a talented and hilarious team with a great track record made up of industry veterans, experienced devs and great new talent. Within our team, everyone has an opportunity to make their own mark on the journey to making high-quality games and entertainment.

About the Role

We are looking for a seasoned Animator/Rigger to work with us at our studio.

As part of the 3D Animation pipeline you will work closely with our Game Director to bring characters and assets to life, and create a solid and polished gameplay experience across a variety of projects; designing animation systems that combine to create fluid, reactive movement while also serving the style and narrative.

Role Responsibilities

  • Creating high quality hand-keyed character and creature animations in Blender.
  • Managing and mentoring other animators.
  • Creating accurate estimates and ensuring deliveries are met.
  • Help troubleshoot rigging issues.

Skills & Required Experience

  • Have a minimum 5-7 years industry experience in video games.
  • Comprehensive understanding of Unity engine.
  • A passion for animating believable CG characters and the requisite attention to detail.
  • Strong self-management skills.
  • Experience of providing feedback to other animators.
  • Be a strong problem-solver and a good communicator across multiple disciplines.
  • Ability to adapt and work within new pipelines.
  • In-depth knowledge of Blender with experience of rigging and skinning.
  • Ability to write technical documentation and present your work (wiki, screen cap etc.).
  • In-depth knowledge of anatomy for bipeds and quadrupeds, skeletons and muscles.
  • Experience of exporting animations to Unity
  • Experience of implementing animations in Unity

Bonuses

  • Knowledge of Rigify or Auto Rig Pro addons.
  • Life drawing or organic modelling especially human anatomy.
  • Knowledge of importing/exporting mocap data.
  • Knowledge of/enthusiasm for RPG and farming/social/management sim genres.
  • Knowledge of/enthusiasm for modern dinosaur depictions/palaeontology.
  • Knowledge of farming/social/management sim genres.

What Do We Offer?

  • 4-day work week. (Yes, really. We work smart on Monday through Thursday so we can enjoy Fridays off.)
  • Flexible working hours, with strong emphasis on work/life balance.
  • Competitive industry salary.
  • We invest in making our team happy with a Full Perkbox Package.
  • We technically have an office in Holywood (just outside of Belfast) which boasts a cheerful break area with fruit, a classic arcade machine, a piano and a unicycle. We’d love to start using it again but times are strange.

This is a full-time remote role within the United Kingdom. Contract options are available for exceptional candidates outside of the UK.

How to Apply

Please submit this form, then send your CV and Portfolio to aimee@italicpig.com with the email subject being the role you are applying for. You should expect to hear back from us within 3 days of the June 3rd, 2022 closing date.

About 
Italic Pig

We tell stories. We get a thrill out of epic plotlines, well-rounded characters, mashed-up mechanics and snappy dialogue. We enjoy pushing boundaries with genres, experimenting with narrative gameplay, innovating with new technology and upending applecarts of expectations.

We’re an entertainment company. For the past eight years we’ve been focused mostly on creating and developing award-winning, narrative-driven video games across all platforms, and, with some of the most talented artists, animators and developers in the country, we’ve recently begun dipping our toes into the waters of animation and series development.

We’re a cheerful collection of decent human beings. We’re doing our best to break the negative cycles that the entertainment industries are so famous for. We work a 4-day week to keep the creative energy tanks topped up. We do our best to employ an inclusive, diverse team with a well-balanced spread of voices, backstories and experience. Nobody’s perfect, but we really are trying to make this industry a better place to work.

Featured Game
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Escape to a peaceful island populated with cheerful townsfolk and dozens of friendly dinosaurs in Paleo Pines. Run your own dinosaur ranch, befriend and care for your new dinosaur friends, and saddle up those trusted steeds for big sky adventures into the wild and whimsical countryside!

How do you create a grand-scale adventure in a room-scale space? The answer: Go vertical. You are the elevator operator of The Infinite Hotel - an infinite-star resort with an infinite number of rooms, an infinite number of floors and an infinite number of problems. Don’t ask what happened to the last guy who had your job - you’ll find out soon enough.

Quest Quest: The Quest for Quests is a farcical and poignant fantasy adventure about an old-time hack-&-slash hero in an enlightened new world, where the only quest left is to discover his own purpose. Part narrative adventure, part rogue-like dungeon basher, Quest Quest is an over the top deconstruction of the RPG genre as you’ve never seen it before.

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