Assistant Animation Director
20 days ago
When you’re an Assistant Animation Director at Ubi QC, your role is centred around inspiration: from the top-down and the bottom-up. After inspiring the overall animation vision of a game, you define the direction of its characters narratively or in gameplay. And then empower a group of animators to see it through.
Though you communicate a clear direction, you stay open to its evolution, fostering an environment of creative freedom that allows every animator to come up with ideas that fit the feel of the game and enhance its visual identity. Throughout production, you shift your focus from the micro-details to the big picture, keeping an eye on how everything comes together and holds as a whole. The ultimate goal? A rich, cohesive, immersive world for players to discover.
What you’ll do
- Help set out the animation direction through research in collaboration with the animation director;
- Communicate content and quality expectations to your team + connect members to inspirational and relevant visual references and documentation to guide them;
- Present and explain concepts to artists to connect them to the vision and orient them;
- Regularly meet with your team to give (and receive) feedback, share suggestions, set benchmarks, find balance between artistic aspects and technical constraints, etc.;
- Team up with other directors to review and validate in-game content to achieve quality + ensure a consistent, unified direction;
- Carry out hands-on production tasks for a portion of the time;
- Mentor the employees under their responsibility;
- Meet with employees under their responsibility regularly to give them feedback and help them progress;
- Participate in the recruitment of new members of the team and ensure the integration of new employees;
- Develop a culture of sharing and push for continuous improvement within its trade community;
- Address conflict situations and behavioral issues by seeking support from the HR team or the team's production manager as needed;
- Write the annual report and the end-of-project report of the employees under their responsibility and help them identify their growth path;
- Help create a healthy, inclusive and positive work environment and escalate issues that could affect employees or the project as needed.
What you bring
- A degree in 3D Animation or Computer Graphics (or related training);
- Experience in the video game industry (or other relevant experience);
- Knowledge of animation software like Motion Builder, 3DS Max, and Maya;
- Knowledge of game engines (e.g. Unity or Unreal) and their limitations;
- Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills;
- Open-mindedness: you’re receptive to new ideas and fresh perspectives;
- Effective cross-departmental communication: you have the know-how to comfortably communicate with all disciplines (programming, design, animation, and so on);
- The ability to make a vision accessible and ensure that it is well understood by all.
What to send our way
- Your CV, highlighting your experience, education, skills, and any games shipped;
- Feel free to share a portfolio of your best work (attach images or send us a link to your personal website or online portfolio).
Working at Ubisoft means
- Have access to benefits that make a real difference in your day-to-day life :
- A hybrid and flexible work mode, 6 weeks of vacation in your first year, an enriched parental leave, a Ubi gym directly in our offices, a complete group insurance program, access to complete Dialogue telemedicine services, an RRSP with a contribution from Ubisoft, an advantageous bonus program, concrete measures to ensure the right to disconnect, the option of working part-time and much more. Click here for all the details.
- Joining a team of 21,000 Ubisoft employees working across more than 40 locations around the world, are boundby a common mission to enrich players’ lives with original and memorable gaming experiences. Their dedication and talent have brought to life many acclaimed franchises such as Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, Just Dance, Rainbow Six, and many more to come;
- Working for an equal opportunity employer who believes that diversity of backgrounds and perspectives is essential to creating worlds where gamers and their teams can thrive and express themselves. It's about taking on exciting challenges, being at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and being part of the future of entertainment.
With a team of more than 500 creative, passionate and innovative talents, Ubisoft Quebec continues to grow and expand. Founded in 2005, the Quebec City studio has carved out a place for itself among the leaders in the video game industry. Involved in several of Ubisoft's flagship franchises, it has acquired solid expertise, positioning it in the development of major AAA games. Involved in the Assassin's Creed franchise since 2010, the Quebec City team has assumed leadership of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Immortals Fenyx Rising as well as the new crossover stories of Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Valhalla.
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