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Company Name:
Blizzard Entertainment
Irvine, California
United States
Job Type:
Visual Arts
Position type:
Full Time
PC / Windows
Minimum Number Of Professional Titles:
Experience Level:
Mid-Senior Level
Some College

Cinematics - Lead Animator, In-Game Cinematics

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a talented lead animator to assist our Cinematics team in creating the next generation of in-game animated films. The in-game pipeline uses assets from the game team and the final renders are made using the game team's rendering engine. The in-game animation team works at a fast pace and is responsible for a large portion of story driven content. The lead animator will manage a team of animators, spearheading project planning and ensuring our artistic quality while staying on schedule. This person should will have top-notch animation skills and be is able to translate the director’s vision into actionable feedback for the team.  


  • Responsible for the quality of animation for own projects.
  • Main point of communication between the animators and all other teams.
  • Assist in supporting and evolving the Cinematics team with constructive feedback both technically and artistically.
  • Provide animation direction to the animators to ensure their work is in line with the director's vision.


  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in game development, television, or film industry using Maya or equivalent 3D program
  • Experience leading a team of animators
  • Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Able to drive improvements in processes and pipeline
  • Able to work efficiently and drive productivity for yourself and the team in a challenging environment
  • Able to effectively collaborate with other artists, producers, and programmers
  • Self-motivation, good communication skills, and a great team-player attitude
  • Understanding of Blizzard Entertainment’s visual style and a passion to push it to the next level
  • Passion for film, animation, and video games


  • Artistic skills: storyboarding, gesture drawing, 2D animation, composition
  • Technical skills: rigging, scripting, and understanding of pipeline
  • Physical skills: acting, martial arts, and choreography
  • Filmmaking skills: cinematography, pre-visualization, editing, and story writing
  • Understanding of FX, particles, cloth, and hair as they contribute to a character’s performance

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Demo Reel demonstrating excellent 3D animation skills
  • Cover Letter

**Only submittals with all three will be considered.  

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and its affiliated companies is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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