Playground Games is looking for a Senior Cinematic Animator to join our Fable team on a permanent basis. 

About us: 

As a first-party Xbox Game Studio, we are passionate about making genre-defining games that are accessible, beautiful, and, most of all, fun. We are excited to be rebooting the much-loved Fable franchise and are expanding our diverse team to create a new classic in the action RPG genre. 

About the role: 

As Senior Cinematic Animator, you will be working with the cinematics team to deliver next level cutscene and bespoke animation content. You will have the opportunity to creatively control cutscenes, from previz to final polish, add world-building cinematic content, and own features of cinematic development.

Our ideal candidate is an expert animator who is passionate about their craft, skilled in visual storytelling, conveying emotion through performance, creating realistic motion capture and hand key animation, and has the track record to prove it. 

This is a permanent role based at our state-of-the-art facilities in Royal Leamington Spa, with a hybrid work model in place. Relocation assistance is available if required.    

What you’ll do: 

  • Creating and polishing content for cutscenes, in-game cinematics, and bespoke animations.
  • Quickly iterating on layout and previsualization.
  • Collaborating with the Lead, Director, and cinematic team to discover the best performance and contribute to the project’s vision.
  • Implementing cinematics into our custom, proprietary engine and ensuring they flow correctly with gameplay. 

What you’ll bring: 

  • 5+ years of animation experience, with demonstrable work on at least 2 published titles (ideally AAA).
  • A portfolio demonstrating high-quality animation work. This portfolio can be submitted as a link to a portfolio website or added as an attachment along with your CV.
  • Proficiency in motion capture cleanup.
  • A genuine passion for video games.
  • Previous experience in film, layout, cinematography, editing, or implementing animations in game engines is a plus. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a world-class game with an established, talented, and collaborative team at one of the industry’s most exciting first-party game studios. Playground Games is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, we believe that diversity and inclusion fuels creativity.  We are dedicated to creating a safe, comfortable and welcoming working environment.

We strive to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices of our team members.  It drives our innovation and connects us closer to our players.  We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion across age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  

At Playground Games we recognise the importance of self-development, career progression, well-being and retention of our colleagues. We celebrate difference and welcome everyone to join us and to be themselves at work. 

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