Senior Animator – Near Light (Hybrid) – Hampshire

Senior Animator – Near Light (Hybrid)

nDreams Ltd




We are looking for a Senior Animator to help bring our unannounced next-gen VR game to life at Near Light. If you see the potential in VR and want to collaborate with a talented team to explore, create, and deliver innovative software, we want to hear from you!

Our studio’s goal is to create trail-blazing, fresh and exciting immersive entertainment, bringing together the best of every discipline to converge on truly innovative games and experiences.

Key Responsibilities:

Creating high quality, hand-keyed animation, as well as working with motion capture data from its conception to gameplay implementation.

Assisting the team of animators to deliver a cohesive and considered animation aesthetic.

Assisting the production team in predicting and estimating animation schedules.

Effectively communicating and illustrating animation intentions to the principal animator.

Prioritising work, identifying and managing risk, organising the workload of both yourself and those in your projects team.

Mentoring good animation practices with the animators and junior animators.


Essential capabilities:

At least 3 years’ experience in industry and a Degree or equivalent qualification within a relevant discipline.

Real-time engine experience, ideally in Unreal.

Exceptional skills within Maya for creating animations.

Creating animations in Sequencer.

Excellent ability of hand-keyed animation as well as working knowledge within a Motion Capture pipeline.

Show a very strong working knowledge of 3D animation with a fundamental understanding of timing, weight and spacing.

A self-driven motivational quality, working creatively whilst implementing requests from design, art and code to achieve the desired end vision.

Have experience with motion planning and the creation of locomotion animation sets.

Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise own work schedule.

Able to articulate and receive constructive feedback.

Desired experience:

Several published products within the Console, PC, VR or Mobile space.

Sequencer knowledge of blueprints and setting up state machines


Who we are –

Near Light is the latest studio to join nDreams, the award-winning developer and publisher delivering world-leading interactive VR experiences.

We are looking for new team members who can help shape our next-generation VR games. We encourage individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, gender identities and experience levels to apply for this role.

Why Near Light?

Our growing studio shares a passion for innovation, collaboration and defining the future of VR. We encourage an open, creative, and diverse culture, and empower people to explore their ideas and put their own stamp on our projects. With humble beginnings as an independent studio of our own, we combine big projects and opportunities with a personal, caring touch.

We have the small, inclusive, and open creative atmosphere of a start-up, with the experience and backing of the team behind titles including Shooty Fruity, Fracked, and the best-selling, award-winning Phantom: Covert Ops. This is a rare opportunity to contribute to the culture of a growing studio and be at the heart of both a new team and project right from the start.

We offer in-house, hybrid and remote working opportunities alongside great perks, including flexible hours, duvets days, your birthday off, dedicated personal development time and support, and regular socials and parties. Beyond this, there’s an excellent holiday offering, pension scheme, health insurance, life cover and much more.


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