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Headquartered in Montreal, Reflector, a company of the Bandai Namco group, is a new breed of studio working with top talents to create high-quality, compelling content for global audiences. By employing a true transmedia approach, where content is built outwards from fully fleshed “Storyworlds”, the company is able to tell richer, deeper stories that connect with fans everywhere.


Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Art, Engineering and Design teams to define animation style producing pre-visualizations and present concept ideas to the team; 
  • Create in-game animations that set the style and quality benchmark for the project; 
  • Create compelling character performances, utilizing both key framed and motion capture techniques, to compliment the game design and promote the artistic vision of the game; 
  • Help to plan and coordinate the related animation workloads for the project in a proficient and organized manner;  
  • Be proactive in identifying problems and assist in troubleshooting animation and technical issues; 
  • Respect the delivery deadlines of the animations with a high level of quality defined by the team; 
  • Communicate efficiently progress, updates and issues to the Lead Animator, and be willing to understand and act upon direction. 

Qualifications

  • College diploma in 3D Animation, or equivalent training or experience; 
  • Minimum four (4) years of relevant experience as an Animator in the game industry; 
  • Shipped at least 1 game as an Animator, preferably on a ‘AAA’ console title; 
  • Solid knowledge of animation software such as 3Ds Max or Maya; 
  • Familiar with quick keyframe iteration and motion capture editing; 
  • Excellent understanding of animation principles;  
  • Excellent skills of key frame animation; 
  • Experience using proprietary animation/creation tools like Unreal; working with state-graphs; 
  • Good knowledge of cinematography and experience animating cameras; 
  • Solid understanding of the human body and facial anatomy;
  • Good team player; 
  • Excellent problem-solver; 
  • Ability to adapt to change; 
  • Passionate about video games and animation; 
  • Strong communication skills in French and English, both oral and written.

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