Velan Studios
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November 21, 2022
Full Time
Troy, NY

Are you super passionate about hand animating characters and truly breathing life into them? Can you bring out their personalities and make it emotionally resonate with players while delivering innovative gameplay mechanics?

Velan Studios, a small independent game developer, is looking for a Senior Gameplay Animator with a breadth of experience. As the Senior Gameplay Animator, you should be comfortable working on a small prototyping team with engineers and designers to create eye-opening experiences. You will be actively collaborating with the team to define the personality of the character through its movement, actions, and gameplay, as well as focusing on the implementation of character mechanics.



  • Develop a strong animation style, showcasing solid body mechanics for interesting and dynamic gameplay
  • Collaborate with engineers and designers to implement animations in engine
  • Set up gameplay systems and troubleshooting issues that may arise
  • Document workflows
  • Mentor fellow animation team members
  • And above all, bring a passion and drive to make highly polished and entertaining performances for the best possible gameplay experience



  • 5+ years of game/film industry experience
  • Killer demo reel showcasing solid and entertaining animations
  • Expert in Maya or equivalent 3D animation software
  • Experience with general state machine structure in game engines
  • Self-driven and proactive in problem solving
  • A team player with a positive attitude, passionate about your craft, and deeply curious


Big Pluses

  • Rigging chops
  • Scripting experience
  • Game design sensibilities
  • Motion matching or other modern techniques for animation in games
  • Character modeling
Velan Studios

Velan Studios is a small team going after multiple, bold creative new ideas. Many of us have done the large, AAA development thing for decades. But we think with a seasoned and scrappy team, we can do things differently – so every member of the team has a creative voice.

Working Better, Together

We are building an environment conducive to delivering our best work. Our office is a community that works and plays together.

  • Unconventionally World Class. We embrace the unexpected. We create breakthrough games by building on our expertise and challenging conventions. We are scrappy: solving problems and inventing new experiences in audacious new ways. These unconventional approaches lead to unexpected discoveries.
  • Stay Curious. Curiosity drives us and our experiences. We find energy in new ideas and approaches. We use technology and design to bring new experiences to the gaming community. We cultivate an environment that encourages experimentation and rigor. We relentlessly pursue the MAGIC.
  • Respect and Responsibility. We are passionate about being an inclusive community of unique individuals. We believe in prioritizing and respecting the player. Our players’ time is valuable and we are honored that they choose to spend part of it with us. We respect the members of our team and know that they will make the right choices with our players in mind at every level.
  • Community of Makers and Players. We are stronger together than the sum of our parts: we value people and perspectives. Community is a way to get things done. We seek to engage our community wherever we can in building great games. It is a springboard for innovation. It is a well of talent and a means to finding new game experiences.

A Great Place to Work and Live

Velan Studios is located in the beautiful Capital Region of Upstate New York, which includes Albany and Troy. The Capital Region is a growing tech & creative hub with a thriving video game development scene. Our offices are located in Troy’s historic downtown, which is comprised of renovated historic buildings full of new energy. The region boasts beautiful architecture, great museums, and amazing history. It’s also a very affordable city, with great events, hip nightlife and is accessible to a variety of outdoor adventures, making it a perfect spot to live.

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