Crystal Dynamics is constantly seeking the best gaming talent worldwide to add to our 30-plus year legacy of game development creating new and iconic franchises. We are committed to making great games with great people and living the dream while doing it.

Benefits for our regular full-time positions include, but are not limited to, a competitive regional salary, 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance options, professional development reimbursement, flexible hybrid on-site/off-site work opportunities, 12 company paid holidays, plus additional paid days in December when the studio is closed for holiday break, and the ability to accrue additional paid time-off.

Join us and shape the future of an amazing studio culture committed to creating award-winning franchises like Tomb Raider, the next Perfect Dark, and more! 

Crystal Dynamics is seeking a visionary Animation Director to lead and inspire our team of talented animators, playing a pivotal role in defining the animation vision for our upcoming high-fidelity action-adventure titles. As the Animation Director, you will blend strategic leadership with hands-on contribution, directly influencing the gameplay experience through the execution of top-tier animations. This role offers a unique opportunity to shape the visual and interactive elements of our games, making a substantial impact on our projects. 

As an Animation Director, you will: 

  • Drive the overarching animation vision in collaboration with the Creative Director and Art Director, ensuring the game's visual and interactive identity is maintained.
  • Work in close partnership with Department Leads, Animators, and Designers to assess and meet the game's animation requirements.
  • Lead and develop a team of skilled animators, directing the creation of high-fidelity game animations and systems.
  • Deliver engaging combat and traversal animations in collaboration with combat designers and engineers.
  • Set and manage team goals, aligning deliverables with project milestones and deadlines.
  • Conduct and direct motion capture shoots for both gameplay and cinematic performances as needed.
  • Manage, direct, and review co-developers and external vendors in different countries and time zones.
  • Run full pipelines (both internal and external), from narrative / storyboard to fully implemented in-game shippable content.
  • Utilize your team's diverse strengths to produce superior quality animations.
  • Promote team growth through regular individual meetings, performance reviews, and targeted training.
  • Foster a positive, collaborative team environment that values open communication and constructive feedback.
  • Streamline animation processes to enhance team productivity throughout the game development cycle.
  • Document and manage animation tasks and processes.
  • Guide animators across various styles, ensuring a consistent animation approach throughout the project.

To be considered for this role, we require the following: 

  • Extensive experience in a leadership role within animation (Director, Lead, or Principal Animator) in the game development industry, particularly for high-fidelity action-adventure games. 
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities with a track record of nurturing and developing animation talent. 
  • In-depth understanding of gameplay systems, especially in 3rd person perspectives, including weapon, traversal, melee, and ranged combat animations. 
  • Expertise in animation trees, animation blending, and node-based animation editors. 
  • Proficiency in Motion Capture, Motion Matching, Maya, and real-time game engines/editors. 
  • A collaborative mindset, particularly in working with design and engineering teams. 
  • Examples of relevant work (i.e., demo reel, portfolio, or contributions to shipped title). An ideal reel will include: 
    • Up to date examples of realistic animations that clearly demonstrate your skills/expertise 
    • Inclusion of a breakdown sheet detailing your specific contributions to each piece is highly recommended.
    • Note: If you directed others, then we would be looking for a director’s cut. 

Preference will be given to candidates who have: 

  • Experience with cinematic tools in Unreal Engine.

It'll be a bonus if you also have: 

  •  Shipped 2+ AAA titles as an Animation Director. 



The pay range for this role includes the annual base salary, not including bonus and the generous benefits package that Crystal Dynamics provides all full-time employees. Individual compensation is determined by work location within our approved states or regions, as well as additional factors, including job related skills, experience, and relevant education.

Your recruiter will be able to share more information about total compensation.

Pay Range (United States)
$150,000$210,000 USD
Pay Range (Canada)
$140,000$180,000 CAD

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