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Animation Director

Cary, NC

WHAT MAKES US EPIC?

At the core of Epic’s success are talented, passionate people. Epic prides itself on creating a collaborative, welcoming, and creative environment. Whether it’s building award-winning games or crafting engine technology that enables others to make visually stunning interactive experiences, we’re always innovating.


Being Epic means being a part of a team that continually strives to do right by our community and users. We’re constantly innovating to raise the bar of engine and game development.


What We Do

Push your artistic talent to the limit on a team of world-class environment, character and concept artists who strive to innovate and inspire.


What You'll Do

Epic Games is searching for an Animation Director to join our team working on Fortnite. We're seeking a passionate individual to spearhead an animation team for our first-party game development, with a keen focus on elevating animation quality and pushing the boundaries of what's achievable in Fortnite — someone who can expand our horizons, and bridge animation techniques like motion capture and keyframe, while maintaining a balanced expertise across animation spectrums.


You’ll collaborate with various teams, aligning with engine and gameplay requirements while championing animation's unique discipline. This role involves helping shape the creative, technical, and production pipeline, optimizing workflows, and pushing animation within UEFN — furthering the animation excellence integral to our Battle Royale endeavors and across Fortnite's diverse landscape


In this role, you will

  • Fulfill a dual role as both an individual contributor and a leader and mentor for members of the Animation team
  • Maintain a world-class animation team by working closely with talents to form a well-rounded, high-performing group of animators and foster the development of a robust knowledge base among team members to guide their career growth and advancement
  • Act as the guardian of quality and authenticity in the style and feel of Fortnite’s animation and collaborate closely with Producers, Designers, Engineers, and Artists to actualize the game vision including providing time estimates for project planning, assessing coverage needs, and determining the quantity required for our animation pipelines
  • Stay informed about and evaluate new technologies and techniques in the industry for potential application in the game and advocate for the development of tools to optimize processes and workflows
  • Manage and contribute to maintaining positive morale and a healthy team culture


What we're looking for

  • Minimum 8+ years of relevant animation experience
  • Team Lead experience on at least one AAA title
  • Strong proficiency in Maya and Unreal Engine
  • In-depth knowledge of Maya's rigging tools and animation workflows
  • Expertise in art pipelines, dependencies, and project scope
  • Familiarity with directing and editing motion and performance capture
  • Portfolio showcasing relevant animation experience in games and/or film
  • Deep understanding of animation workflows and rigging for Unreal Engine
  • Strong communication skills with a grasp of various art disciplines (animation, character, environment, VFX)
  • Familiarity with game engines, art integration pipelines, and optimization techniques


EPIC JOB + EPIC BENEFITS = EPIC LIFE

Our intent is to cover all things that are medically necessary and improve the quality of life. We pay 100% of the premiums for both you and your dependents. Our coverage includes Medical, Dental, a Vision HRA, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance & a 401k with competitive match. We also offer a robust mental well-being program through Modern Health, which provides free therapy and coaching for employees & dependents. Throughout the year we celebrate our employees with events and company-wide paid breaks. We offer unlimited PTO and sick time and recognize individuals for 7 years of employment with a paid sabbatical.


Epic Games spans across 19 countries with 55 studios and 4,500+ employees globally. For over 25 years, we’ve been making award-winning games and engine technology that empowers others to make visually stunning games and 3D content that bring environments to life like never before. Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine technology not only provides game developers the ability to build high-fidelity, interactive experiences for PC, console, mobile, and VR, it is also a tool being embraced by content creators across a variety of industries such as media and entertainment, automotive, and architectural design. As we continue to build our Engine technology and develop remarkable games, we strive to build teams of world-class talent.


Like what you hear? Come be a part of something Epic!


Epic Games deeply values diverse teams and an inclusive work culture, and we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. Learn more about our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy here.


Note to Recruitment Agencies: Epic does not accept any unsolicited resumes or approaches from any unauthorized third party (including recruitment or placement agencies) (i.e., a third party with whom we do not have a negotiated and validly executed agreement). We will not pay any fees to any unauthorized third party. Further details on these matters can be found here.

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