Technical Animator

  • Full Time
  • Bristol, UK
  • Applications have closed

Aardman Animations

Salary or Budget: Competitive
Experience required: 1+ years

Contract type: Fixed term contractor until end of the production (April 2024), with a view to becoming permanent
Working Hours: 37.5 hours a week, 9:30am – 6pm are our core hours but flexible working is possible
Start Date: ASAP
Salary: depending on experience

The project:

We’re currently working with a major publisher on a new project based on one our best loved IPs. When working with IPs, our number one priority is always to create games that are inventive, creative, and unique in their own right – so that people who have never heard of the characters would still want to play it.

Our new project is a real time stealth game. It takes the strategic, tense fun of stealth games and blends it with frenetic, chaotic mechanics to create a unique player experience. It’s launching on mobile first, followed closely by PC and other platforms.

The Role:

Working with the animation and engineering teams, you’ll be the one owning how animation is used in the game, and how it can be best realised in the Unreal engine to hit our core gameplay pillars, as well as creating animation to a high standard.

You’ll have ownership of the rigging process, creating rigs for new characters and helping edit and adjust our existing characters. You’ll be using, and help us build, cutting edge tools and real-time animation systems to make a deeply satisfying player experience.

In this role, you’ll be deeply involved in collaborative decision-making on technical animation and pipeline approaches and issues.

About You

We’re looking for someone who is excited about gameplay animation, with a hunger for solving challenges and delivering high quality gameplay experiences. Ideally you are both an animator and a rigger and have excellent knowledge how these disciplines combine together in Unreal.

The ideal candidate would also have experience of building pipeline tools to solve problems and create efficiencies.

About Us

Aardman is an independent and multi-Academy Award® and BAFTA® award winning studio. It produces feature films, series, advertising, games and interactive entertainment.

Its productions are global in appeal, novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm reflecting the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated, and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning content for cinema, broadcasters, digital platforms and live experiences around the world.

In November 2018, Aardman became an Employee Owned organisation, ensuring that the studio remains independent and securing the creative legacy and culture of the company for the future.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Charter is our commitment to building a workforce that is truly reflective of society, underpinned by the belief that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential in delivering on our mission: to create entertainment for all and to be the most inspirational animation company in the world. We welcome applications from all individuals and are always happy to discuss flexible working needs. Aardman is proud to be both a Disability Confident Employer and a Living Wage Employer.