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Mobile FX Animator At Jam City

Location: Burbank, California

Job Description

As a leading mobile games developer, Jam City is looking to “level up” our talent. We’re on the hunt for innovators who consider themselves dynamic, collaborative, and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Perks & Benefits
Unlimited Vacation, Paid Sick Days & Holidays
100% Employee Covered Medical, Dental, Vision Plan Base Plan
Life Insurance, 401k, Flexible Spending Accounts, Commuter Benefits & More
Catered Lunches & Well-stocked Kitchens
Yoga & Wellness Activities
Happy Hours
Company Events
Dog Friendly

As the Animator, you will be involved in all aspects of our internal game development team. The initial focus of the Animator’s role, will be to enhance and or unify all the current games particle FX, created in Unity. In addition, the Animator will help create presentation moments in the game to enhance the player’s experience and bolster the IP look and feel.

Lastly, the Animator may help with character animation as needed, primarily with NPC general movements and actions. This position requires a creative, talented, and motivated individual to help create the next set of Disney games.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create high-quality effects animations in our mobile, casual games.
  • Create high-quality UI presentation moments.
  • Work with the Lead Animator and the Art Director to define direction, methods and approaches to solving creative animation challenges
  • Collaborate with Technical Artists, Game Designers, and Engineers to define and improve our animation pipelines
  • Work with Production and Project Managers to accurately scope and size level of effort and deliverables
  • Occasionally create high-quality animations for secondary characters.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Proven track record of creating compelling and beautiful animations in the face of artistic, technical, and gameplay challenges or limitations
  • Extensive experience with Unity / Shuriken particle system
  • Experience in FX and particle animation optimization
  • Minimum 2-3 years of professional animation experience
  • A strong portfolio/demo-reel showcasing an understanding of timing, momentum, effects, weight, and anticipation
  • Broad animation skills with the ability to execute various performance styles
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present feedback and ideas in a clear, concise, and professional manner
  • Confident in Maya with a working knowledge of 3DS Max
  • Experience working with both FK and IK animations.
  • Art degree or equivalent work experience
  • Solid understanding of art and visual design principles and techniques regarding 2D, 3D, layout, color theory, and lighting
  • Affinity for Disney/Pixar is a plus
  • Passion for video games a must!
  • Able to multi-task like a pro
  • Sense of humor and a positive, enthusiastic attitude
  • Ability to take direction, and able to iterate animations / FX when necessary
  • Self-starter, reliable, and passionate about their work
  • Eye for detail with a clear understanding of the big picture
  • Team player who understands the value of regular and effective communication

NICE TO HAVE

  • Character animation a plus, but not required.
ABOUT JAM CITY
Jam City is a leader in mobile entertainment, providing unique and deeply engaging games that appeal to broad global audiences. Jam City was founded in 2009 by MySpace cofounder and CEO Chris DeWolfe and former 20th Century Fox executive Josh Yguado. Jam City is the creative powerhouse behind some of the highest grossing and most enduring social gaming franchises for mobile, including Cookie Jam (Facebook “Game of the Year” winner) and Panda Pop. Jam City is the go-to studio for Hollywood, having developed immersive, narrative rich mobile games around iconic entertainment brands including Harry Potter, Family Guy and Marvel Avengers. Jam City has studios in Los Angeles (HQ), Burbank, San Francisco, San Diego, Toronto, Bogotá and Buenos Aires. The Jam City team is known for its creative excellence and technological innovation in key areas including storytelling, data science and audience insights.