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Animation Intern

11 days ago by Activision

  Woodland Hills (California), USA

Level: Entry

Contract: Internship

Sector: Art

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Your Mission  

  • Work with artist and animators on one of Activision's award-winning franchises.  
  • Help make new characters, environments, concepts, animations, UI, and/or armor.
  • Work closely with a mentor to improve technical skills, artistic sensibilities, and a strong work ethic.
  • Spend a summer focusing on a meaningful project that directly impacts game development while having an unparalleled experience.
  • Participate in learning and development tech talks to understand how our employees come together to launch AAA games
  • Get to know your fellow interns at your location through various social events

Player Profile  

  • Must be continuing education in Fall of 2020 pursuing a bachelors, masters, or PhD.
  • Available for a 12-week internship starting in late May or late June
  • Can demonstrate strong artistic sensibilities, robust technical skills, and strong work ethic. 
  • Passionate about learning what it takes to be a successful animator in the video game industry. 
  • Candidates must apply with a resume and portfolio/reel link to be considered. 

Internship Opportunities & Requirements

Infinity Ward (Woodland Hills, CA):

Animation Intern: Work with the Animation team helping to polish and implement actual in-game animations. Get experience with the entire animation pipeline, from block out, to motion capture, to cleanup, and in-game implementation and iteration.

  • Experience animating in Maya
  • Ability to animate characters, animals, and environmental objects using keyframed animation as well as motion capture
  • Experience working with a game engine is a plus (Unity, Unreal, etc.)

Motion Capture Intern: You will work with an exceptional Motion Capture team to create animation assets to test in-development tools and pipeline. You’ll have the opportunity to identify and execute on the animation goals of the group while assisting on their motion capture acquisition shoots, and on production assets. Learn and follow industry standards and best practices of a multi-disciplinary Research and Development team.

  • Experience with Maya and/or Motion Builder, Blade, Faceware, other relevant software
  • Understanding of realistic human character animation
  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized with a positive, pro-active and self-motivated attitude
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work on a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of Python or other scripting experience is a big plus.
  • Knowledge of FACS, human facial anatomy, facial animation and related topics will help you level up, quickly.

Vicarious Visions (Albany, NY):

Cinematic Animation Intern: Provide a solid foundation and understanding of weight and timing to help bring characters to life in a games environment. Using 3D software you will be learning the pipeline, process’s and workflows around what it takes to bring a cinematic together from start to finish.

  • Demonstrate strong key-frame animation skills
  • Proficient in a 3D software package like Maya or Max
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills

Gameplay Animation Intern: Bring our game to life! You will work with a mentor to create exceptional key-frame animations for characters, environments, and objects. You’ll have opportunities to work with amazing character artists, riggers, and designers to take your animation from Maya to game.

  • Proficient in Autodesk Maya…But a strong desire to learn beyond Maya
  • Exceptional communications skills

Your Platform    

Activision is looking for talented and innovative students to join our team for the 2020  Summer. We thrive on a culture of collaboration, respect, and fun. All Activision interns will receive a meaningful project and an unparalleled experience. We’ll provide the tools and resources you need to learn. The challenging and creative work you do throughout your internship will directly impact the game you are contributing on. Internships will be offered at our development studios across the country as well as Activision's corporate headquarters.       

Our World  

Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Activision operates at the intersection of technology, entertainment, esports, and consumer products. Activision is more than just the leading developer and publisher of video games, we are the creators of some of the world’s biggest, most ground-breaking titles in the industry. Our portfolio includes Call of Duty®, Crash Bandicoot™, Spyro®, and Sekiro. More information about Activision and its products and services can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com .

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