Face Animator

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United States
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powertofly approved What Rockstar Games Has to Offer:

Rockstar Games is a developer and publisher of some of the most recognizable interactive entertainment properties in the world.

With a commitment to progressive and innovative game design, the highest production values and complex storytelling, Rockstar Games produces critically acclaimed video games for an audience with broad and diverse interests.

For over 18 years, Rockstar Games has been instrumental in propelling videogames to the center of modern entertainment, becoming in the process one of the most relevant, recognizable, and influential brands in popular culture worldwide.

Rockstar Games offers their employees benefits like:

  • Highly competitive salaries
  • Flexible schedules
  • Health insurance
  • Vision & dental coverage
  • Creative work culture
  • At Rockstar Games, we create world-class entertainment experiences.

    A career at Rockstar Games is about being part of a team working on some of the most creatively rewarding and ambitious projects to be found in any entertainment medium. You would be welcomed to a dedicated and inclusive environment where you can learn, and collaborate with some of the most talented people in the industry.

    Rockstar San Diego is on the lookout for talented Face Animator across all levels of experience who possess a passion for games. This is a full-time permanent position based out of Rockstar's studio in Carlsbad.  Whether it’s the beach or mountains, San Diego is considered one of the best places to live year-round.  

    WHAT WE DO               

    • We create facial animations for all characters and animals appearing in cinematic and gameplay sequences in our games.
    • We enhance face performances adding emphasis to key face shapes and movements to help create compelling and realistic characters.
    • We review face animations and implement feedback from lead reviews.
    • We work collaboratively with the global animation, code and design teams to problem solve and implement face performances across all characters in our games.


    • Create visually stunning 3D facial animations.
    • Work closely with the team to create balanced solutions to any related technical and aesthetic issues.
    • Animate natural and expressive motion to create realistic, fluid facial animations.
    • Implement, troubleshoot, and debug animation systems.
    • Help improve animation pipelines.


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Animation or similar from a competitive program.
    • Production experience on current generation console and/or PC.
    • Minimum 3 years of experience in animation for cutscene, cinematic, or equivalent.
    • Hand key Facial Animation experience required.
    • Outstanding demo reel demonstrating good understanding of animation principles with a focus on high quality facial animation.


    • Advanced knowledge in one of: 3D Studio Max, MotionBuilder, or equivalent 3D program.
    • Exceptional skill in animating human and animal faces.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work closely with Artists, Designers and Programmers.
    • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to work in a self-directed manner and make timely, well-thought out decisions.
    • Strong understanding of development issues involved in getting animations into a game.
    • Positive, solution-oriented individual with a passion for game development.


    Please note that these are desirable skills and are not required to apply for the position.

    • Proven industry experience as an animator on at least one AAA title.
    • Proficiency in Faceware, Dynamixyz or similar package.


    Please apply with a resume and cover-letter demonstrating how you meet the skills above. If we would like to move forward with your application, a Rockstar North recruiter will reach out to you to explain next steps and guide you through the process.

    Rockstar is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to hiring, promoting, and compensating employees based on their qualifications and demonstrated ability to perform job responsibilities.

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    Face Animator
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