Senior Facial Motion Animator

Weta Digital is now accepting applications from Facial Motion Animators for a number of exciting TV and Feature Film projects opening up through 2021/22, including the Avatar Sequels.

As a Senior Facial Motion Animator you will play an important role in 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 essential and good technical abilities is a plus.

Minimum requirements and skills:

  • 5+ years experience in facial animation on Feature Films or Video Games
  • Ability to analyse and understand facial performances
  • Knowledge of FACS and facial anatomy
  • Knowledge of Maya
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Team player


  • Broader character animation skills
  • Working with various facial rigs and solvers (eg. FACS, direct-drive, deep learning)
  • Facial modelling and sculpting experience
  • Experience working with mocap data in facial animation production
  • Experience working with facial capture systems
  • Basic ability to script, e.g. Mel, Python
  • Working in Linux environment

Weta Digital is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate our diversity and believe in creating an environment where all our crew feel welcomed, respected, supported and appreciated.

We are ideally looking for applicants currently based in and lawful to work in New Zealand.

We are pleased to advise that there are now a number of specific roles for which we are seeking exemptions to permit non-resident crew to enter, live & work in New Zealand.

Location: Wellington - New Zealand