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Get a job: Crystal Dynamics is hiring a Camera Designer

Get a job: Crystal Dynamics is hiring a Camera Designer

January 17, 2019 | By Staff

January 17, 2019 | By Staff
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Here is just one of the many, many positions being advertised right now.

Camera Designer, Crystal Dynamics

Location: Redwood City, California

The Gameplay Camera Designer, working under the Lead Cinematic Designer and/or the Game Director, will be responsible for designing, implementing, and fine-tune the game design cameras and related gameplay in levels and cinematics to ensure a smooth and seamless player experience through a rich and epic narrative experience. A successful Camera Designer will be able to collaborate with Artists and Designers to create tools and camera solutions to create a dynamic and living world. 

Essential Duties:

  • Create camera systems for use throughout the game.
  • Develop strategy to create custom cameras to support the levels and the specific beats of the story.
  • Build cameras with a focus on supporting gameplay while delivering a unique artistic aesthetic.
  • Script camera behavior to support a dynamic camera system.
  • Animate cameras for in-game cut scenes. Work with animators to coordinate animations that support a particular shot breakdown.
  • Work with level designers and artists on level layouts that support cameras.
  • Work with level designers and lead designer to make sure the scripted cameras are supporting the memorable moments.
  • Work with combat designer to script and design combat cameras.
  • Work with the character team to script and design the traversal cameras.
  • Work with programmers to improve the camera toolset and debug camera issues.

Competencies, Skills & Knowledge:

  • Ability to work well within a team environment.
  • Ability to place assigned work within the project as a whole and coordinate with other Designers to ensure a seamless player experience.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Current on industry trends as it relates to modern game design and level design concepts.
  • Ability to document visual map design and written walkthroughs quickly and concisely in a provided specification format.
  • Ability to work closely with all project disciplines to ensure clear communication, troubleshooting and efficiency.
  • Solid understanding of game art and processes to help in the development of workflow schedules and prioritization
  • Capacity to ramp up quickly with custom toolsets and deliver assets within the confines of real time engine constraints and programming demands.

Essential Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of game design experience in a camera design role, specifically for 3rd person action adventure titles.
  • At least 1 project shipped for a AAA console title in a design capacity.
  • Demonstrable understanding of scripting systems required. 
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent

Interested? Apply now.

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