Lead Cinematic Animator for Huge AAA Title

Job Title: Lead Cinematic Animator for Huge AAA Title
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £50000 - £75000 per annum
Start Date: 2017-03-03
Reference: 127203
Contact Name: Brett Kashket
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 09, 2017 16:27

Job Description

I am on the search for a Lead Cinematic Animator to work on one of the most exciting AAA projects in the world.

Key Responsibilities
 Ensure high-end Cinematic and Artist quality of all scenes produced from the Cinematic
 Conduct regular reviews and manage the Cinematic Animation team to excellence.
o Manage the Cinematic Animation backlogs, bugs and risks in an effective manner, to
ensure smooth running of the department.
o Oversee, advise and drive the Cinematic Animation team to ensure high quality
results and efficient working practices.
 Lead a team, with a fresh and solid creative vision for the
 Meet strict production deadlines/goals.
 Responsible for Directing actors and scenes in full performance captures.
 Be a mentor for junior members of the team.
 Build and maintain close working relations with the Animation and Art Directors.
 Create, oversee and keep updated on all relevant documentation for the project(s).
 Be the spokesperson for Cinematics in-house or externally (when it comes to press
interviews and external partners).
o Demonstrate key vision holder etiquette and passion when addressing any/all
matters for Cinematics.
 Breakdown scripts into storyboard/animatics for clarity and direction for the team (if and
when required).
 Perform numerous desk-to-desk informal reviews with members of staff.
 Work alongside Production to create, manage and own the Cinematic backlogs.
 Work closely with the Mocap Lead to ensure we are excelling in motion capture
technologies and workflows.
 Work closely with the Animation Director, Mocap, Character and TA Leads to ensure we are
excelling in Facial Capture systems and workflows.
 Organise and regularly hold Cinematic staff members 121's.
 Encourage/promote new learnings from members of staff based on individual staff
 Report to the Animation Director, keeping them informed of daily/weekly/monthly progress.
 Organise, run and direct mocap shoots for scenes that are produced.
 Be an integral part of the actor hiring process when it comes to external body/face/voice
actor searches.
 Scope, manage and run the Outsource plans for Cinematics when required.
Technical Requirements
 An exceptional understanding and demonstrative skills of storytelling and cinematography.
 Expert skills in interactive storytelling.
 Expert skills in Actor Direction, Motion Capture shoots, and AAA cinematic pipelines.
 Expert knowledge of games and up to date with all cutting edge story telling methods in
 Meticulous working methods and well organised.
 Excellent knowledge in Motion Builder.
 Sequencer, Kismet, Matinee and general UE4 experience is highly beneficial.
 3Ds Max experience is beneficial.
 Maya experience is beneficial.
 Knowledge of Excel and other MS Office products.
Skill Requirements
 Exceptional ability to lead.
 Exceptional eye for detail.
 Exceptional communication skills, including morale, influence and motivation skills.
 Able to work well on their own to develop ideas, vision and direction for the team, as well as
a part of the larger team.
 Self-motivated to learn new techniques and methods.
 Capable of writing detailed documentation.
 Strong animation background.
 Beneficial skills in storyboarding.