Cinematic Technical Animator

Animation | Total War

We are seeking a Cinematic Technical Animator to join our in-house cinematics team on our Total War franchise at our studio based in Horsham, West Sussex.  The ideal candidate would have a keen interest in animation and is ready to learn and rise to exciting new challenges in helping to push the visual the excellence of our cinematics.  This is an entry to mid-level opportunity.

Working directly with the Technical Lead, you will continue to learn and develop your already proven understanding of the latest rigging and skinning techniques to achieve a high standard of technical excellence within an established Maya to game engine pipeline.

Key Responsibilities

As Cinematic Technical Animator, you will work closely with the Lead Cinematic Technical Artist, learning and applying the latest character performance techniques. 

On a day to day basis, you will be:
  • Setting up full body and facial animation systems, ready for the animation team to breathe life into
  • Rigging and skinning a variety of characters for all Total War franchises within Maya and inhouse cinematic pipelines and tools
  • Problem solving day to day technical issues that arise during the animation process
You will bring your excellent communication skills to be able to work across the team and collaborate with developers across the project.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience 
  • A demonstrable understanding of Rigging and Skinning.
  • A solid understanding of anatomy
  • Good knowledge of Maya
  • A demonstrable understanding of Python
  • Good problem solving and communication skills
  • Proactive and passionate about the work with a can-do attitude
  • Experience with C++ and/or Maya API is a plus
  • Understanding of 3D math (linear algebra, vector and matrix math) is a plus
  • Good understanding of MotionBuilder
  • Use of Game Engines i.e. Proprietary would be an advantage
  • Motion Capture experience is a plus
  • Film/VFX or game production experience
  • Love of games and film

Creative Assembly is about the right people making the best games. We are united through our values; Quality, Focus, Teamwork, Respect and Trust. 

Winner of multiple Best Place to Work Awards, we house many talented people, from trainees to industry veterans who constantly challenge us and make sure we are striving for the best within our games and our studio life.

We have studio sites in Horsham UK and Sofia Bulgaria, including a number of bespoke state-of-the-art audio suites and a dedicated motion capture site.

Currently we are working fully remotely, and we continue to assess the COVID-19 situation with the safety of our staff our number one priority. We are still actively recruiting and onboarding new staff each week. Our expert IT and HR teams will set you up with everything you need to join remotely whether you will need to relocate to the UK (or within the UK) now, or at a later date.  

We offer many benefits to support you and your family including:
  • Bespoke and funded relocation package for you and your dependents, with support throughout the process from our dedicated Relocation Specialist
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity, private medical and dental insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, critical illness cover and free health care screening
  • Generous holiday allowance plus full studio closure over the Christmas and New Year period, as all UK Bank holidays
  • Annual discretionary studio bonus
  • Join our award-winning education and social responsibility programme; the Legacy Project, as an industry ambassador to mentor and educate others
  • Defined career development pathways and personalised training support including; SEGA Dev Day, internal masterclasses, prestigious creative workshops, on-site training with renowned specialists and global conference attendance
  • Season ticket travel loans and cycle to work scheme with free bike servicing and discounted car valet service on site
  • Free games and merchandise plus access to our extensive games library
  • Free breakfast every day - toast, bagels, pancakes, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, smoothies, juices, milkshakes and more in our fully stocked kitchen*
  • Wellbeing support with an employee assistance programme and onsite confidential sessions
  • In-studio heavily subsidised massage therapy*
  • Discounts for home technology, travel insurance, corporate gym membership, cinema tickets, holidays, trips out and Ikea vouchers, and many local businesses including estate agents
  • Studio parties for you and your family; such as our Summer Festival, Christmas Party plus a separate Children’s Christmas Party. We also have Cinema days and wrap parties for game releases*
  • Studio community activities such as free Japanese lessons, life drawing, creative writing, Pilates, Walking Challenges, Couch to 5k, basketball, game and movie evenings, board game club, 5-a-side football, CA Choir, Sword fighting (yes, sword fighting) and loads more*
*some of the above in-studio benefits are on hold while we work remotely during COVID-19. 

Our studio sites have disabled access. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.