Future Project - Art

Senior Technical Animator

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Cryptic Studios is looking for a talented Senior Technical Animator who is passionate about building incredible animation pipelines for unannounced future projects in Unreal. Your goal is to enable quality and performance throughout Cryptic’s animation tools, rigs and processes. The ideal candidate is highly organized, self-motivated and enjoys working collaboratively with others.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Collaborating with animators, artists, designers, and other disciplines to define, create, maintain and streamline animation workflows, processes and pipelines
  • Creating and providing support for custom animation rigs in Maya and Unreal
  • Developing and maintaining animation related tools using Python and other scripting languages
  • Partnering with artists to ensure that characters, weapons, props, and animations meet technical and performance standards
  • Training animators in pipeline, tools, and all aspects of the animation implementation process
  • Participating in R&D into current and emerging animations technologies

What we'd like to see:

  • 5+ years console or PC game development experience, with one or more shipped titles as a Technical Animator
  • Strong understanding and eye for animation
  • Thorough knowledge of body and face rigs
  • Proficiency with dynamic IK, physics and rigging/animation for use with those systems
  • Experience implementing animation in Unreal and/or other game engines with a thorough understanding of blend trees, IK, state machines, layering, tagging and scripting
  • Knowledge of performance capture pipelines, processes and data manipulation
  • Tools development, training and technical documentation experience
  • Strong technical ability and willingness to learn new tools, techniques and workflows
  • Ability to articulate complex visual and technical ideas with clarity and conviction
  • Positive, collaborative and professional attitude while working under multiple deadlines


  • Experience with Blueprints for animation
  • Solid foundation in traditional art, drawing, painting, illustration and/or concept art
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and body mechanics
  • Ragdoll/character physics experience

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating animation and/or tools experience

What Cryptic Offers

  • Remote Work Options - Anywhere Within The US
  • A fun tight-knit team where your contributions will have a major impact
  • Full-Time role
  • Paid Holiday, Sick Time & Paid Time off
  • Health Insurance & Perks: Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Company social events 
  • Pet-Friendly Environment

Cryptic Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), creed, marital status, age, national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under California Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, military and veteran status, genetic information, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), sexual orientation, or any other protected class, characteristic, or consideration made unlawful under applicable federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

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