Senior Animator at Sandbox VR | Powderkeg

Location: Remote

Employment Type: Full Time

Team: Art

Who are we?

We’re Sandbox VR, and we’re the most advanced virtual reality experience in the world. Inside our rooms, we take you on thrilling adventures and transform you into new characters. Our experience is like the movies, except you’re actually with your friends ** inside** the movie. We are creating the future of entertainment by building towards the virtualization of physical spaces and eventually becoming the _portal _to the Metaverse. We want you be a part of our journey and help us make that a reality!

Since we launched in Hong Kong in 2017, we’re now live in 19 locations and 5 countries around the world (we’re the #1 Activity in Hong Kong and Singapore on TripAdvisor, #1 VR place in China Shanghai on Dianping), and we’re quickly expanding. As a growing company we are looking for leaders who want to transform the entertainment industry and contribute to the cutting-edge experiences we are creating. We take pride in the relationships we are building within the community through innovation and providing a best-in-class experience for our guests. The opportunities within Sandbox VR are endless and we want you to be a part of this new world we are creating!

What will you be doing?

As a Sr. Animator at Sandbox VR, your role is to produce high quality animations for our VR experiences. Your animations will improve the feeling of immersion our guests have when they are in VR. You will have the chance to own the entire animation pipeline, from concept to prototyping, keyframing, and finally delivering high quality animations throughout production.

Hands-on Animation - You are hands-on, working with the Lead Artist and the Creative Director to understand their vision and execute it with the animations you produce. You are an animator with experience in multiple facets of animation, and you love working on a mixture of both cinematic scripted animation sequences and gameplay animations.

Collaboration - You enjoy working closely with others to improve your animations and making sure they are right for the project. You understand how to work with Creative feedback and partner with the other members of your team to ensure you deliver the best possible player experience. You are always eager to suggest ideas for animations to make the virtual worlds and characters we produce more rich, fun, and immersive.

Versatility - You are someone who enjoys the challenge of working on multiple projects at once. Our projects may also have different animation styles, for example: one project could have a real-world setting, while another could be set in a cartoon universe. Therefore, you are confident in working across different animation styles and can prove your versatility with your skill-set and your experience.

Who are we looking for:

  • Production Focused: You understand the importance of being familiar with game design and under deadlines so you can collaborate with producers to scope the animation needs for each project and deliver high quality animations on time and on budget.
  • Experienced: You have shipped a minimum of 3 high quality indie games or 2 AAA games and have been on at least one project from start to end. Ideally at least one of these titles will have been a VR game/experience.
  • Strong Aesthetically: You possess strong aesthetics of character animation, weight, and movement. You can create character motions through a blend of key-frame animation and motion capture.
  • Ability to take Ownership: You can provide animations during each phase of a project: from prototyping, to production, and then polished final assets. You always test your animations thoroughly in-game so you can ensure they look good for our players when they are experiencing them in VR.
  • Technically Proficient: You have strong expertise in Unity, Maya, and Motionbuilder. You possess a keen understanding of animation production pipelines for character animation, motion capture animation, and technical animation. You are experienced in rigging and can rig assets as required, you are comfortable with both animation rigs and physics rigs. You possess a strong understanding of the tools you use for animations and are always eager to investigate new tools, plug-ins, and production methods to push animation quality even higher.

How you can really impress us:

  • You have a strong personal interest in VR and knowledge of industry trends and innovations.
  • If you’ve already had the chance to work on VR projects professionally or as a hobby, even better.
  • You are a passionate VR Gamer and/or VR Enthusiast.
  • You can show us an eye-popping demo reel of your work.

How to Apply:

If you’re interested in this role, we’d like to see at least a CV or your LinkedIn, and a short cover letter/email/blurb on why you are the right fit for us.


We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Senior Animator
  • Company
    Sandbox VR
  • Location
    San Mateo, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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