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  • Nintendo

    Lead Animator

    Austin, TX, USA



    Lead Animator



    Job Description:

    Retro Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo.  Retro is a state-of-the-art game development studio, working in conjunction with Nintendo to bring award-winning games to Nintendo's cutting-edge next-generation platforms.  Retro Studios is located in beautiful Austin, Texas. With rolling hills, scenic waterways, abundant wildlife, vibrant music and film scenes, and a laid-back cosmopolitan culture, Austin is a dynamic city with an excellent quality of life.



    • Experience using industry standard tracking and communication software such as Jira, Confluence, etc.

    • Experience working with 3D software, Maya preferred. 

    • Experience working with animation trees or any other node-based animation systems. 

    • Familiarity with current rigging methods and evaluating rigs for game and cinematic animations.

    • Experience with rigging characters is a plus. 

    • Experience with already established IP is a plus.

    • Prior Cinematics experience is a plus.


    • Work with the Development Management Team to execute the determined style and tone of animation for the final product

    • Responsible, as an individual contributor, for creating high quality exemplar animation that sets the standards for the team for both in-game and cinematic animation

    • Champion the project’s goals and inspire the Animation team to achieve the vision, through actionable tasks. 

    • Collaborate with Design, Engineering and the Technical Animation staff on animation pipeline

    • Coordinate with Development Management Team to understand the evolving needs of the studio

    • Evaluate and promote the use of appropriate techniques and systems to support animation goals

    • Develop and implement quality assurance protocols to review and approve animation work

    • Anticipate and recognize potential conflicts or production issues and recommend solutions

    • Mentor a team of animators, supporting and promoting a growth mindset amongst the staff.