Senior Technical Animator

Turtle Rock Studios
Lake Forest, California, United States
19 days ago

We are Turtle Rock Studios. An award-winning game developer of AAA first person shooters and other games, including the latest co-op shooter franchise, Back 4 Blood . We are located in the heart of Orange County, CA. We thrive in an open and collaborative environment which is led to this day by co-founders Chris Ashton and Phil Robb.

Turtle Rock Studios is looking for a Senior Technical Animator to join the team and work on Back 4 Blood! Working with animators, engineers, and designers, this role focuses on developing and improving animation features in engine, implementing assets, and optimizing current animation systems, tools, and practices. Join our exceptional development team to help us create industry leading animation and gameplay experiences!


  • Create and maintain animation blueprints, blendspaces, and montages within Unreal
  • Support and implement animation content, and fine tune parameters for gameplay animation
  • Work directly with Programming, Animation, and Design to prototype and deliver excellent combat, character locomotion and movement mechanics, facial animation, and other new game features to deliver extremely polished gameplay and animation. Help to determine risk/reward throughout the process
  • Help document design features and parameters, brainstorming all avenues for the creation of animation content
  • Investigate, identify, and improve pipeline, optimize workflows and tools, setting best practices/standards streamlining the animation process
  • Troubleshoot asset and editor problems for the Animation and other development teams
  • Document systems and feature functionality for use by the teams and future employees
  • Coordinate with all departments to achieve project goal


  • Enthusiastic gamer with a passion for making great games and animations
  • Minimum 5 years experience as a Technical Animator for games with an emphasis on developing and maintaining animation systems
  • Strong knowledge of Maya, Python, and current industry rigging techniques
  • Experience with animation pipelines from prototype to final assets
  • Demo reel showing expertise with animation systems
  • Portfolio of example rigs and tools
  • Excellent communicator with strong verbal and written English skills
  • Excellent problem solving and time management skills
  • Team player with a positive attitude and the ability to provide and receive objective feedback


  • Experience in Unreal Engine 4 Animation Systems
  • Excellent eye for animation and visual aesthetics balanced with technical skills
  • Experience with cinematics and facial animation
  • Experience working with procedural/physically-altered animation techniques
  • Experience creating and maintaining rigs for unique characters through the development process
  • Experience with multiple 3D packages
  • Experience with Realtime Shaders and FX/Simulation


Some of the benefits and perks our employees get to enjoy, include:

  • 100% Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage for you and your family
  • 401k Matching
  • Profit Sharing Plan
  • Student Loan Repayment Plan / College Savings Plan
  • Career Improvement Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements - In-House, Hybrid, and Remote
  • Generous Time Off Policy
  • Company Events - In-Person Summer Family Bash + Halloween Party + Virtual Events
  • Fully Stocked Kitchen + Sponsored Food Trucks
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