PlatinumGames

What is an animator?

Bring characters to life in 3D!

Animators create the movements that make our characters walk and run, laugh and cry. Our animators don’t simply make the characters move around the game – they make them show emotion and grace and bring them to life.

An animator’s work is on display for players all over the world, at a push of a button. In other words, as an animator, you’ll take a direct role in how the game looks and feels. The joy and fulfillment that players get out of the game are in your hands.

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Workflow

At PlatinumGames, our animators don’t simply create animations to meet specifications handed down from on high – they communicate with members across several other teams and actively contribute to the game design. They’re a vital part of our design process.

Control rig creation

First, animators take the 3D character models created by our modeling artists and prepare them to be animated, ensuring that all parts of the character’s controlling rig are positioned properly to allow the best movement.

Animation

Next, they set out to create the animations that will bring characters to life in-game. Animators put the full range of their knowledge, experience and intuition into creating animations that suit each character’s unique design, while looking great and feeling responsive in players’ hands.

Confirmation

Using our in-house tools, our animators check how their creations look in the actual game environment. This allows them to spot issues that may have gone unnoticed in animation software alone, ensuring that our animations are the best they can be.

Corrections

If our animators aren’t satisfied with their animations after loading them into the game, they go back and adjust them until they’re just right. Consulting with our programmers, VFX artists and sound designers, our animation staff ensures that all parts of the game work together in harmony. This flexibility and communication is the most important part of an animator’s job at PlatinumGames.

INTERVIEW

“At work creating play”

Animator

Please tell us about your prior experience, and what brought you to PlatinumGames.

I went into sales after graduating college, but I never quite felt like it suited me, so I quit and enrolled in a one-year program at a graphic arts school. After that, I started looking for work in the Osaka games industry and found it as an animator. I applied to PlatinumGames as a chance to take my skills as an animator even further.

Please tell us about animators’ role in game design.

Animators design the parts of the game that players actually play with! Players rely on the information they get from animations to shape how they play, and we have to keep that in mind as we create. “We want players to interact with this enemy in this way, so it has to move like this…”

What would you tell someone who’s thinking of applying to PlatinumGames?

We can always use more people who love games. If you want to make interesting games, and you want to have a direct hand in what makes them interesting, please don’t hesitate to apply!

QUALIFICATIONS

We’re looking for:

  • Applicants interested in creating the perfect animations for our games
  • Applicants with confidence in their communication skills


Qualifications

Game industry experience is preferred, but not required for applicants with art skills conducive to game creation. PlatinumGames is an equal-opportunity employer and does not base hiring decisions on the race or citizenship of applicants.

Language Requirements:

For you to be your best at PlatinumGames, either Japanese or English is needed for communication with other members of our team.

APPLY

To apply, please prepare the documents and materials described below, and submit them either through our Online Application** or by postal mail.

**When preparing files to submit through the online application form, please ensure that your name is included in each filename. Please note that only PDF, JPG, PNG and GIF file types can be directly uploaded, and that there is a maximum size of 5 MB per file. If you need to upload files greater than 5 MB in size, or in formats other than those listed, please feel free to use external services such as Dropbox, firestorage, YouTube or Vimeo, or your own online portfolio. If you do so, please provide the URL where your materials are located with your application.

Required materials
  • Your resume, clearly specifying your desired position, and including your e-mail address and a recent photograph
  • Your curriculum vitae, describing your work experience and formatted at your discretion
  • Work samples (see below)
Please be aware that we will not be able to return submitted materials. Please submit copies of any essential documents.
Contents of applications are kept strictly confidential.
Work samples Please submit illustrations, drawings, photographs/video, etc. demonstrating your skills and artistic ability.
You may submit these works in any form and in any amount you feel appropriate to give us a complete sense of your abilities. No specific content is required. Please feel free to submit copies of copyable work.
Please include a document containing your own commentary on your work, as well as a description of any tools or software used in its creation. If the work in question was a group project, please clearly indicate which portions were created under your supervision.
We accept work examples on paper, or digitally on CD/DVD. Please select the medium you feel most suitable for your work. For example, hard copy printouts are typically best for illustrations, and DVDs are typically best for digital images or video.

Application period We are always accepting applications for this position unless otherwise noted. Please be aware that the availability of positions may change in accordance with our needs.
Address

Please address your application materials to:
PlatinumGames Inc. Attn: Hiring manager (web)
Tower West 8F, Umeda Sky Building
1-1-30 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka
531-6108, Japan

Selection
process

Applicants are initially screened based on the application materials outlined above.
All applicants will be notified of the results of this screening within ten business days after receipt of their application. (Please be aware that extenuating circumstances may delay this reply.) Applicants residing in Japan who pass this initial screening will proceed to in-person interviews at our offices in Osaka. Interviews for applicants residing outside of Japan may be conducted over Skype.