Animator

Moonshot Games · Irvine, California
Department Moonshot Games
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Animator, Moonshot Games


Moonshot Games is a new studio based in Irvine, California. We love games and believe in their unique superpower to create personal, unforgettable stories that bring friends and the community closer together. We are building a culture of shared ownership where everyone gets a chance to weigh in and help set direction for the game. Our studio is in its early days, which means there’s tons of opportunity to have a big impact on what we are making as well as in the overall direction of the company.  Most importantly, we know our games will be at their best when a variety of voices, identities and perspectives go into their creation, so come join us!


Moonshot is looking for a talented and passionate Animator! As an animator you know that it takes more than a well-made 3D model to bring a character to life. How a creature moves says as much about its personality as how big its jaws/teeth may be. A player’s feelings about a character often come from the nuanced performances you played a key part in establishing.

Are you looking for the opportunity to breathe life into a wide array of characters and creatures in an all new and exciting world? Does the prospect of becoming part of a small team working on our very first game fill you with excitement? Do you enjoy the challenge presented in developing creative animations that fit seamlessly with engaging gameplay? Well, if you are looking to challenge yourself and those around you, we look forward to talking with you!

As Moonshot’s first animator, your close collaboration with the Art Director and other discipline leads will establish and maintain a workflow that unlocks the creative potential for all involved. Your creative voice will help shape the visual style and character of an exciting and engaging world. Your engagement at a studio level will help assure that not only are we making a game that excites us and our players, but that we continue to build a studio with strong and meaningful values.


What You Will Do

  • Create cinematic and in-game animation and bring characters, creatures, and other assets to life
  • Prototype and create block-out animations
  • Partner with technical artists to define and improve our animation pipeline
  • Set and drive the vision for animation in collaboration with the other disciplines


What We Need

  • Experience shipping AAA game titles as an in-game animator
  • Knowledge of body movement, anticipation, overshoot, follow-through, squash and stretch, forward and inverse kinematics, posing/timing, cycles and other facets of both 3D and 2D animation
  • Experience animating first-person and third-person ranged and melee combat
  • High level of follow through and ability to take initiative to solve problems
  • Experience with 3DS Max or Maya
  • Excellent communication and collaborative problem solving skills in a fluid, iterative environment 
  • Experienced with the Unreal 4 Engine is preferred


Application Materials

Please provide a resume, portfolio, and cover letter when you apply


Moonshot is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate and welcome diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment.


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  • Location
    Irvine, California
  • Department
    Moonshot Games
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced