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Technical Animator – Oxford (UK) – Mobile Video Games

Location: Oxford, UK Salary: Negotiable

Job ID: #13500 Posted: 10 months ago

Natural Motion

Job Type: Permanent

Genre: Mobile Video Games


My client is quickly setting the benchmark for AAA console visuals on mobile! As a Technical Animator you will create and maintain excellent and intuitive animation rigs, tools and delivery pipelines to support all game animation.


You understand the principals of animation and have a good eye for form that allows then to judge and produce excellent deformation in skinned, rigged and animated meshes. You provide the vital link between animators, designers and programmers helping to debug and solve animation performance issues.



  • Excellent rigging and/or scripting demo reel.
  • Fully proficient in 3D animation software (e.g. Maya, MotionBuilder) with a deep technical focus on rigging, skinning and animation tools.
  • Professional level ability to script modular, adaptable tools in Mel, PyMel or Python and other languages.
  • Ability to debug and solve complex, interconnected problems in tools and pipelines that have cross discipline dependencies.
  • Game experience preferable, Film/TV background considered as well
  • Ability to create truly convincing deformation with combinations of blend shapes and bone animation both for bodies and faces.



  • Work closely with the Lead Animator to create rigs and animation tools that suit both the project needs and respond to animators’ feedback.
  • Produce efficient, professional quality animation rigs with intuitive controls.
  • Provide effective tools, support and troubleshooting for both key frame and motion capture animation delivery pipelines.
  • Set up and revise full motion graphs and trouble shoot them in-game.
  • Skin animation meshes to give good deformation and advise character modellers on best geometry flow for deformation.



  • Casual, friendly atmosphere with regular studio-wide social functions
  • Challenging and rewarding work pushing forward the boundaries of mobile games technology
  • The opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • Relocation assistance


Interested in finding out more? Call me direct on 01206 214425.

Tagged as: Technical Animation

Tags: Technical Animation Categories: Animation , Creative


Jon Norfolk

Senior Consultant

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