Self Aware Games in Oakland is Looking for 2D Animators!

Oakland, CA

Self Aware Games, a Big Fish studio, makes games that connect people, including the massively successful Big Fish Casino.  Our games communicate our passion for delightful and truly social games, beautiful art, and cutting edge tech.

The ideal candidate must have strong animation fundamentals and be proficient in current Flash animation methods. The candidate will also be able to handle juggling multiple tasks and show an eagerness to accommodate feedback and revisions.

Job Expectations:  

  • The ideal candidate would have the ability to create high quality animations with a range of subject matter: environments, characters, props, visual effects and user interface
  • Follow established guidelines set by Lead Artists/Art Director
  • Assisting in the creation and implementation of 2D animation and adapt/repurpose existing animation under the guidance of senior animators, including asset clean up and reorganization best practices.
  • Contribute to team brainstorms and ideation, including research on existing products
  • Learn new technologies and applications as needed.

Skills, attributes and experience you should bring to the table:

  • Associates or Bachelors degree in Art preferred
  • Relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of animation fundamentals
  • Experience with a range of animation tasks: character, objects, effects
  • Strong drawing and painting skills are a plus
  • Extremely fluent in and efficient with Flash and Photoshop; After Effects a plus
  • Experience with, or the will to learn basic Flash Action Script
  • Demonstrated experience with the full creative cycle on a software product is ideal
  • Pro-active contributor that brings more to the tasks at hand than requested
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills and the ability to adapt to new creative challenges

All applicants must submit a link to a demo reel or other online portfolio. Any attachments must be under 10MB, and Zip files cannot be accepted.

More about us…

Our beautiful studio is located in downtown Oakland, two blocks from BART and right next to gorgeous Lake Merritt, which provides the perfect setting for a lunchtime picnic, stroll, or run around its 3.5-mile loop. We have an open, collaborative office, full of fun coworkers, breakout spaces, and games.

We don’t just make games, we love playing them too! Around the office, we have board games, consoles, and ping pong and pool tables. Need to take a break to loosen up and boost your creativity? Get a free massage in our dedicated massage room! If you enjoy a 2-wheeled commute to work, we’ve got you covered with in-office bike racks and showers. We don’t offer daily food service because guess what?  We want you to have a life outside of work, too; we love our jobs, but we don’t want to live here. Instead, we hold a twice-a-month communal lunch and hang out together.  After work, you can usually find us trying new local bars and restaurants, attending art, music, and sporting events, and just exploring all that our neighborhood has to offer.

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