Tech Animator - Santa Monica CA

First Contact is seeking a Tech Animator to help take our Characters, Weapons, and Pipeline to the next level. The ideal candidate is a problem solver, a creative thinker, and is up for the challenge in making the best AAA VR title possible.


  • Work with Art and Animation departments to create the best animated end product possible for our games
  • Develop rigging and deformation solutions using our, Maya based, scripted rig build system
  • Work within our existing codebase, as well as write new tools to improve the efficiency of our rigging, deformation, and animation pipeline in Maya
  • Utilize animation tools within the Unreal Engine to achieve the best representation of our characters, weapons and props in game
  • Push the limits of what is possible in VR


  • A demo reel demonstrating tools, rigging, user interface design, and technical ability. (Please provide a breakdown of your contributions to what we see on the demo reel)
  • 3+ years experience in games or related field
  • Expert knowledge of Maya tools and architecture
  • Working experience with Unreal Engine
  • Proficient with Python scripting in Maya
  • Solid math skills, with a good understanding of how matrices and vectors work
  • Comfortable wearing multiple hats and problem solving both in DCC and in Unreal Engine
  • Must be currently authorized to work in the US for any employer (All work will take place at our Santa Monica headquarters)
  • Ability to self manage tasks as well as communicate effectively with multiple departments in an ongoing fashion
  • Must love games and excited about the future of VR


  • Good aesthetic eye for rigging bipeds and realistic weapons
  • C++ programming experience
  • Enjoy keeping up with the latest industry techniques and experimenting with their implementations




At least 3 years of professional game development experience or equivalent


Please send all required documents listed below to:

[email protected]


  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Demo reel

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