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Keyframe Animator

Division: id Software | Department: Art | Location: Richardson , TX, US

id Software, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is seeking a talented Keyframe Animator to join our team in making AAA games.

Do you enjoy animating fantastic creatures and characters?  Do you like working with cool developers and talking about games, movies, comics, shows, and animation over a cup of coffee in-between making animations?  Do you like coming up with interesting animation ideas that relate to gameplay or cinematic experiences and then making those ideas come to life?  Would you like to contribute to a larger goal as part of a small tactical group of animators and feel your work has a huge impact on the quality of the game?  Do you want to work with some of the most storied franchises in the history of video games?  Are you looking for a laid back work environment that still delivers intense results (whatever that means)?  If you answered “Yes!” to…we’ll say 3 of these questions, then we’re interested in you! 


  • Create high quality hand key animations

  • Collaborate with other disciplines to create a cohesive vision and experience

  • Troubleshoot and solve animation issues with all departments

  • Implement animation assets into game engine and iterate as needed

  • Organize and accurately estimate animation tasks


  • 2+ years of experience as 3D Animator in entertainment sector

  • Advanced Maya animation tools skills are required

  • Technical experience working with game engines and databases.

  • Strong knowledge of basic principles of animation: timing, dynamics & body mechanics

  • Must be able to adapt to new technologies

  • Strong communication and teamwork skills

  • Passion for video games and especially for first-person immersive games

  • Strong understanding of game animation and implementation

  • Receptive to constructive feedback and willingness to work through an iterative process

  • Prioritize tasks with management and remain accountable to deadlines

  • Adapt to technical dependencies and engine limitations

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

  • Demo reel should include examples of previous animation

  • A shot breakdown should be included with an explanation of responsibilities

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with Motion Capture editing using Motion Builder

  • Simple rigging and skinning of props and objects

How to Apply

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