Lead Cinematics Designer

Job Locations US-MD-Hunt Valley
Job ID
Regular Full-Time


ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Lead Cinematics Designer to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game. This is a chance to join an experienced group of developers in pre-production for a new IP.

This role will work closely with narrative designers and gameplay content designers in creating in-game cinematics and player driven conversations with cinematic quality presentation. A developer in this role is responsible for scene choreography, camera setup, and some lighting setup for player driven conversations and in-game cinematics. The Lead Cinematics Designer will execute upon existing storyboards. Additionally, a developer in this role will help define the tools and workflow needs for creating cinematics and player driven conversations in a new, industry leading game engine.


  • Help build a bank of modularized camera and lighting configurations with which to create player driven conversations and cinematic scenes
  • Choreograph and sequence actors and props within player driven conversations
  • Implement player-driven conversations into gameplay story moments
  • Work with narrative designers in presenting characters and emotional moments using cinematic techniques
  • Help determine the tools needs and optimal workflow for implementing cinematic moments


  • 5+ years of related experience       
  • Deeply creative with a great sense of emotional delivery using in-game cinematics
  • Excellent sense of cinematic principles and shot composition
  • Excellent understanding of camera movement techniques
  • Expert proficiency in non-linear editing
  • Basic understanding of flow charts or node graphs
  • Ability to do a basic block out of scene lighting appropriate to mood
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-discipline development environment
  • Comfortable with a development schedule that is playtest-driven and focused on iteration and polish
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with real world cameras, lighting, and/or photography
  • Experience in film or television production
  • Experience developing Open World games
  • Experience in creative writing

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