Company Description

Cloud Imperium Ltd in Frankfurt, Germany is looking for a Cinematics Animator to work with the design team under the direction of the Game Director and Animation Director on animation-related cinematic and story areas within Squadron 42 and Star Citizen.

Covid-19 Hiring Update: We’ve transitioned to a work-from-home model and we’re continuing to interview and hire during this time. This role is expected to begin as a remote position. We understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore possible interim options.


  • Work with the Cinematics team to ensure that performances and animations and their in-game implementation match the intent of the performance capture and game needs
  • Work with Animation to establish the quality expectations of animations within the game engine and disseminate this to the Cinematic Animation Team
  • Develop motion capture data for in-game assets to create seamless transitions to/from performance capture, where required
  • Work with Tools and Programming teams to improve the pipeline for Animation data to combine high-quality in-game cinematics capture and AI/game code requirements
  • Maintain consistency of team’s deliverables through regular critiques and ensure timely completion of animation commitments at the desired quality bar
  • Assist in creation and review of animation flowgraphs, in collaboration with the design team
  • Work with the teams to develop documentation of Solutions and Processes


  • 2+ years of professional experience in game development – in an Animator capacity
  • Shipped (from pre-production to release) 2-3+, large scale, AAA titles (PC, current/next-gen consoles)
  • Positive, solution-orientated individual with a passion for game development
  • A thorough understanding of animation pipelines and the processes involved from the conceptual phase to implementation
  • Expert knowledge with Maya, MotionBuilder, and other equivalent software
  • Motion Capture experience
  • Ability to create fluid, smooth, realistic animations with specific demonstration of animation fundamentals
  • Experience with next generation AAA game engines
  • An understanding of effective asset creation and optimization
  • High degree of self-motivation and initiative
  • Inherent ability to bring out the best in people, remains positive, ability to motivate your team
  • Expert in time management, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and act on feedback from the team, with an openness to critique
  • Passion and constant drive to stay up to date with the latest technology and new techniques
  • Excellent English communication and written skills
  • Willing to relocate to Frankfurt, Germany

Other information

  • Cinematography knowledge
  • Experience with CryEngine/Lumberyard
  • Experience with rigging
  • Strong interest in science fiction based themes
  • Experience with Outsourcing and/or collaboration with external studio

Please submit your application in English

If you feel you have something to offer this role, even if you don’t think you qualify for all the above, you should still apply – we are an inclusive employer and if you have potential, talent and a great work ethic, we want to hear from you.