Australian Based Mid-level Facial Motion Animators

Wētā FX has an amazing opportunity for mid level Facial Motion Animators to join our talented team in Melbourne, Australia or remote within Australia for a number of exciting projects opening up in 2022/2023, including the Avatar Sequels.

Facial Motion Animators play an important role in the creation of realistic facial animation, ensuring that the subtleties of the facial performances are translated to characters.

As a mid-level Facial Motion Animator you will be embedded into our specialised Facial Motion Team, creating high-end facial animation. You will focus on translating the subtleties of an actors' performance on to our characters and creatures, ensuring that our digital performances are realistic, believable and emotionally engaging.

This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside facial experts across various departments. A strong eye for detail is important and good technical abilities are a plus.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • 3+ years’ experience in facial animation on feature films or AAA video games
  • The ability to analyse and understand the facial performance and recreate it on the character
  • Knowledge of Maya
  • Knowledge of FACS and basic facial anatomy
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work well in a team environment.

Bonus skills:

  • Experience working with mocap data in facial animation production
  • Character animation skills
  • Experience working with FACS-based facial rigs
  • Experience working in a Linux environment.

At Wētā FX we celebrate our diversity and believe in creating an environment where all our crew feel welcomed, respected, supported and appreciated. We define ourselves by the quality of our work, and we’re striving to build a workplace experience that’s second to none. Here at Wētā FX we value open minds and encourage our crew to be themselves.

Women, LGBTTQIA+ folk, indigenous peoples and people of colour, everyone – don’t hold back. If this job appeals to you and you want to find out more, please get in touch!

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To be eligible you must be based in / or able to relocate to Melbourne, Australia for this role. Or join us remotely if based within Australia, outside of Melbourne.

If you are interested in joining the Wētā FX team based in Melbourne, Australia we'd love to hear from you.