Saturday, October 3, 2009

JOB ALERT: Animator - NetDevil

Location: NetDevil-Louisville / Denver, CO
Job Code: 216  # of openings: 1

Description: Animator
NetDevil, located in Louisville, CO, was founded in 1997 with the mission of developing massively multiplayer games in unique settings for wide audiences. The studio is currently developing Jumpgate Evolution and LEGO Universe as well as an original IP.
This position will be responsible for producing high quality, dynamic animation for pre-rendered 3D/Flash video games.
Essential Functions:
  • Maintain look and feel as defined by Art Director and Lead Animator
  • Create 2D/3D hybrid flash animations for opening sequences and cinematics
  • Animate both human and non-humanoid characters
  • Animate mechanical objects
  • Help define in-game character motion paths
  • Help define character joint setup and rigs
  • Help define character mesh objects for optimal articulation
  • Adhere to technical constraints
  • Take advantage of new technology and features
  • Be an active participant in art team meetings
  • Must participate in game play test sessions
  • Position reports to Art Director
  • A solid grasp of the principles of animation, dynamic poses, body movement, anticipation, timing, staging, weight, follow-through, squash and stretch, secondary action, appeal, forward and inverse kinematics and other facets of both 2D and 3D animation is essential
  • Exceptional skill in animating the human bipedal figure as well as other organic forms
  • Skill in animating mechanical objects
  • Rigging & joint setup
  • Self-driven, good communicator
  • 3D modeling skills capable of creating standin quality 3d objects and be able to refine a mesh for optimal articulation
  • Must be able to take responsibility for decisions and actions
  • Be an effective listener, able to resolve problems, and be decisive
  • Proven Oral & Written Communications Skills
  • Proven Organizational and Analytical skills
  • 3+ years experience in game development animating characters using Maya or 3DSMax (or equivalent 3D program)
  • Experience with animating in Flash
Additional knowledge a plus:
  • Strong modeling and texture skills
  • Superior Knowledge:
  • MAYA or 3DSMax
  • Flash
Functional Knowledge:
  • Photoshop
  • Outlook
  • Word
  • Excel
  • Perforce
Minimum Qualifications:
  • 3+ years experience in game development animating characters using Maya or * 3DSMax (or equivalent 3D program)
  • Must have strong understanding of video game development and implementation
  • Must have an art degree or equivalent work experience
  • Must have a working knowledge of Massively Multiplayer Games
  • Must have strong people skills
  • Must be willing to relocate to Denver, CO area for full-time employment
Salary based on experience; 401k, health insurance, and other benefits provided