Opened 14 days ago Remote Job

Cinematic Director

Who Are We?

At HoYoverse, we are committed to creating immersive virtual world experiences for players around the world. In addition to game products such as Genshin Impact, Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Honkai: Star Rail, HoYoverse also launched the dynamic desktop software N0va Desktop, the community product HoYoLAB, and created a variety of products such as animations, comics, music, novels, and merchandise around our original creative concept.

Adhering to our mission of Tech Otakus Save the World, we have always been committed to technology research and development, exploring cutting-edge technologies, and have accumulated leading technical capabilities in cartoon rendering, artificial intelligence, cloud gaming technology, and other fields.

HoYoverse is actively engaged in globalization, with offices in Singapore, Montreal, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Seoul, and other areas.

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What You Will Do:

We're seeking for a Cinematic Director to join the team. The Cinematic Director works with a team of the Screenwriters, Producers, Head of Story, and Artists to create a visual representation of the animation's narrative. 

  • Participate in the full production process and work with the team to maintain high standards for story, animation, editing, acting, and post-production sound, providing feedback and adjustments.

  • Evaluate scripts and storyboards for CG do-ability and ensure that they work within the confines of production model.

  • Participate in and guide storyboard, concept design, 2D and 3D art production teams, music and sound effects, and collaborate with multiple outsourced teams to direct and complete the full production.

  • Instruct on the filmmaking, continuity, and staging of each segment, make notes on vendor studios' animation, build any layout, key poses, video notes necessary to guide vendor studios in completing the animation.

  • Adapt to and maintain the established style of the show.

  • Review animation at all stages of production, provide feedback and direction to animators/studios.

  • Attend meetings early in the process to understand the project's direction and requirements prior to animation beginning.

  • Review designs and breakdown decisions to help direct from the front on new or reused assets.

What We Are Looking For:

  • Passionate about games, with a strong creative enthusiasm for narrative-driven contents. 

  • 5+ years of experience in the film, animation, or gaming industry as a director.

  • Understand the way of telling a story. Approach the best cinematic experiences creatively and independently, producing animated storyboards, and supervising their implementation within the tools.

  • Excellent storytelling techniques, and understanding of the concept of the visual hierarchy and how to lead the audience's attention to the story. Excellent sense of aesthetics, be able to create outstanding works in all ways.

  • Proven verbal and written communication skills in a cross-function environment, able to accurately express opinions and provide suggestions, possess professional bilingual communication skills in both Chinese and English, and can effectively express and communicate in an English-speaking environment.

  • Ability to work on a range of projects (action, comedy and drama sequences) and in a variety of styles from comic to realistic and highly stylized.

  • Advanced knowledge of cinematic techniques, understanding of mis-en-scene and advanced cinematography and styles.

  • Ideally, experience in producing all formats of animations, i.e. 2D, 3D, stylized 3D, 2D/3D hybrid, etc.

  • Ability to work in a centralized team of creative professionals.

  • Strong attention to detail and quality.

  • Ability to work independently when required.

  • Can manage time efficiently and work independently.

  • Ability to champion and/or cinematic ideas.

  • Ability to take ownership of a scene or series of scenes and collaborate within a pod to deliver exceptional results.

  • Knowledge of software and hardware including Cintiq, Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Photoshop. Maya is a plus.

Additional Information:

Please include the link of your work or your personal homepage on platforms such as Weibo/Artstation/Vimeo/Lofter/Pixiv/bilibili/Zcool/Behance in your resume.


 Total compensation may include salary, company bonuses, sign-on bonuses, relocation package, and other benefits such as:

  • 100% employer-paid healthcare premiums for you and your dependents

  • Generous paid time off

  • 401K / RRSP plan

  • Employer-paid life and disability insurance

  • Team-building activities throughout the year

  • Flexible working hours

Do We Support Flexible Work?

Yes, as a remote team across North American time zones, we embrace flexible working. You may choose to work remotely, in-offices or hybrid, for a more flexible lifestyle that suits you best. Our offices are located in downtown Montreal and downtown Santa Monica, surrounded by great restaurants, entertainment, and cultural venues.

We are an equal opportunity employer that believes diverse backgrounds are key to bringing our concepts to life. If you're looking to play a key role in creating the best immersive virtual world experience for our users, we invite you to join our team.

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