Technical Animator

Defiant Studios was founded in New York City in 2016 by industry veterans with many decades of experience in designing, building and producing AAA games for a global audience. We strive to create incredible gameplay experiences while working with curious and passionate people. Our focus is to explore and expand the boundaries of cooperative multiplayer games through compelling storytelling woven into unique and beautiful worlds. Defiant is currently developing multiple unannounced projects including a groundbreaking original AAA IP for next generation platforms. 

Defiant Studios is looking for an Technical Animator who is passionate about movement. You are meticulous about small details but also keep an eye on the larger motions as well. This role will also be involved in creating and updating tools to allow animators to work efficiently. 

To apply for this position, please provide a Cover Letter, detailed Resume which includes your current location, and a working link for your portfolio.  Further information is provided under our non-disclosure agreement only. All applicants are required to relocate for full-time positions in New York. 

Required Qualifications 
  • Minimum 5 years of game experience 
  • Ability to write customs tools for animation pipeline in UE4
  • Expert knowledge in Maya and Motion capture solutions
  • Proficient knowledge of scripting and coding in Python and C++
  • Experience using debugging tools to find animation issues and devise solutions
  • Keep up to date with new technologies and continue to improve on existing workflow
  • Ability to maintain motivation, has an excellent work ethic, and works well with others
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills 

Desired Qualifications 
  • Previous experience with retargeting and rigging a huge plus
  • Strong knowledge of open source engines such as Unreal and Unity

Benefits:
Defiant Studios offers a comprehensive range of benefits for all full-time employees including 100% company paid Medical, Dental, and Vision plans, company paid holidays and an attractive paid time off policy which includes 3 weeks of company-wide vacation as well as unlimited paid vacation days. In addition, we offer Relocation Assistance, Short and Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Flexible Savings Account Programs, Commuter Tax benefits, flexible work hours and discounted gym memberships to keep our staff healthy and happy. Defiant Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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