Gameplay Animator

Turn Me Up Games
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March 2, 2024
Full Time
United States

Turn Me Up is looking for a creative and dedicated Animator, specializing in Gameplay Animation and Stylized Characters. This animator will work with Turn Me Up’s Technical Animator to create, clean, and implement in-game and cinematic animation.

We are looking for someone who wants to lead the charge on ideas, further developing our stylization, and making the experience of our internal project something that feels unique.

NOTE: This position can be remote, but candidates that are eventually able to work in our office in Burbank, California are heavily preferred.


What You'll Do:

  • Create stylized gameplay animations for a variety of characters
  • Work to refine existing animations and facial expressions for our characters
  • Implement animations within Unreal, and work with our talent teams to make the animations stand out in context of the gameplay
  • Work in a highly collaborative environment to fully realize our characters and environments through animations that reflect our characters' unique personalities.
  • Contribute to Development Pipelines and contribute to Department processes
  • Review, Refine, and Reshape content in-game in the pursuit of improvement.


What Would Make a Strong Candidate:

  • You have an animation reel showing key-framed character animations
  • A solid grasp of the principles of body movement, anticipation, overshoot, follow-through, squash and stretch and other facets of Animation
  • Experience working with Blendshapes
  • Strong technical and troubleshooting ability
  • Large visual database and a passion for narrative video games
  • Knowledge of related animation skills such as modeling, skinning, rigging, and retargeting animations to different rigs
  • Strong communication skills and teamwork skills
  • You are a positive and independent worker, always working to inspire those around you with what you create
  • Ability to manage time and tasks with minimal direction
  • Ability to contribute exciting or innovative ideas and solutions
  • Understanding of gaming industry/video games, especially content produced by AA or AAA.
  • Passion for learning all disciplines of game development as they relate to Animation


Software Knowledge Requirements:

  • Maya
  • Unreal Engine 4 (Unreal Engine 5 is a plus)
  • SyncSketch experience is a plus
  • Clickup experience is a plus


Application Requirements:

  • Portfolio demonstrating relevant skills and past work
  • Bachelor's degree in Animation (or related field) or 2+ years experience
  • Ability to work on-site in Burbank, CA is a plus


We welcome applications from those who don't necessarily meet every requirement, and we especially encourage those from underrepresented backgrounds!


Title and Salary adjustable based on experience.

Turn Me Up Games

Turn Me Up Games is an award-winning independent development studio based in Burbank, California, with additional offices in Genoa, Italy.

Since 2011, Turn Me Up has been responsible for 3 App Store Editors Choice Awards, 2 Emmy Nominated VR Experiences, and multiple AAA ports to Nintendo Switch such as It Takes Two, Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 1 + 2, and the Borderlands Legendary Collection, to name a few.

Turn Me Up is committed to creating impactful games that challenge the way audiences are entertained and deliver experiences that resonate with players long after the game is turned off, in ways that are both comfortably familiar and excitingly unprecedented.

Headquartered in the heart of downtown Burbank, walking distance from dozens of shops and restaurants, our studio is fully-equipped with state-of-the-art development hardware, motion and performance capture stage, sound and vocal recording booths, and network and telecommunications infrastructure to support our incredibly talented staff, both locally and around the world.

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