Friday, January 30, 2015

Now Hiring: Game Designer

Job Title: Game Designer
Reports to: Chief Technology Officer & Creative Director – Moonbot Interactive
Job Summary:
This full-time position combines technical knowledge and ability with the artistic vision and creativity of a storyteller. He or she may design various types of game mechanics, including meta game systems and player movement. Our ideal Game Designer candidate is a creative storyteller with the ability to enhance narrative through gameplay systems and interfaces. This candidate will have industry experience in creating and developing games from initial concepts to finished products. He or she may be assigned to a single or multiple project(s) at one time with various needs, complexities, and formats.

Skills/Abilities/Education:
  • 2+ years of game design experience with a variety of platforms and game types
  • Have a thorough understanding of the current and projected market and target audiences for different games and game platforms
  • Experience in developing gameplay systems that involve story elements
  • Be able to create original ideas and also work from existing concepts and stories
  • Basic understanding of Unity
  • Basic programming knowledge or ability to work with programmers to create comprehensive gameplay
  • Strong communication and presentation skills in order to pitch and explain ideas to programmers, artists, directors and managers
  • Write and maintain documentation about designs and stay up-to-date with other designs
  • Proficiency with software to help pitch and develop ideas in 2D and 3D (i.e. Photoshop, Maya)
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet required deadlines in a collaborative environment
  • Must take initiative in handling assigned duties and additional tasks which will aid the function of the organization
  • Must be flexible. Moonbot Studios is a growing venture working in cutting-edge and highly creative technologies. As with any mid-size studio, members of the Moonbot team wear multiple hats. Our employees approach their jobs in a serious manner but in an environment that is conducive to free expression and creativity
    Must be currently legally authorized to work in the United States and be willing to relocate to Shreveport, Louisiana
Submit resumes & links to reels to Moonbot: recruiting@moonbotstudios.com

Moonbot Studios is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran’s status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sketch Tuesday 1.20.2015 – SATELLITES Edition!

Today, we're featuring some special art from SATELLITES Vol. 1 - a comic anthology project from Moonbots Joe Bluhm, Kendra Phillips, Adam Volker, Beavan Blocker and their pals. They're currently Kickstarting their project and are halfway to their goal of $7,000 – in just 45 hours! There's great backer levels including the book, original art commissions and sketches. We highly recommend backing the project here, on Kickstarter.



Joe Bluhm, Moonbot's art lead, shared his comic-making process for "Klaud" for Sketch Tuesday today:

JOE BLUHM: Once I’m happy with the script, I like to do thumbnails in the margins, getting ideas down as simple as I can.
JOE BLUHM: I take those thumbnails, and sketch them full-size, cleaning them up and exploring the best composition for each page and panel.
JOE BLUHM: Once I’m happy with the pencil (for this story), I scanned it and started my digital painting adventure!
KENDRA PHILLIPS: These are some early expressions and drawings of the winter spirit from my comic, "Hart of Winter."








Here's other sketches from the bots this week!
OMV doodles, Andrew Stovesand, Animator

William Joyce

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sketch Tuesday 1.6.2015


William Joyce

Animator Sketch, Andrew Stovesand, Animator
Adam Volker, Creative Director - Moonbot Interactive

Adam Volker, Creative Director - Moonbot Interactive

Adam Volker, Creative Director - Moonbot Interactive

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sketch Tuesday 12.9.2014

The John Cannon Pullback In 4 Steps, Jose Donaldson
William Joyce, Creative Partner

Brandon Oldenburg, Creative Partner

Limbert Fabian, Creative Director

Limbert Fabian, Creative Director



Monday, December 1, 2014

Annie Award Nominations for Silent and The Raven

We are incredibly honored to receive Annie Award nominations for two of our short films produced in the last year: Silent and The Raven.




"Silent" is an animated short film created in partnership with Dolby Laboratories and Creative Artists Agency. It celebrates how storytellers, inventors, and technology work together to create cinema magic. The story follows two street performers – Mr. Morris Lessmore and "the Kid" – who dream of bringing their "Picture and Sound Show" to life. When they discover a magical contraption inside an old theatre, they embark on a cinematic adventure of sight and sound to find the audience they always wanted. Sound design was created by Oscar® nominated Steve Boeddeker and the film was directed by Moonbot's own Limbert Fabian and Brandon Oldenburg. "Silent" debuted at the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards on February 15, 2014.



"The Raven" was created in collaboration with Amplify Learning for their seventh grade curriculum, which will be used on tablets in classrooms across America. The animated short film features narration from Tony Award®-winning Jefferson Mays and was directed by Limbert Fabian and Brandon Oldenburg. To accompany the 11 minute short film, Moonbot also created an educational app based on other Edgar Allan Poe works and another animated short based on Poe’s short story, "The Cask of Amontillado."

Below is a list of the incredible films nominated for the Annie Award for Best Animated Short Film:

Coda

62 George Street

Duet

Glen Keane Productions

Feast

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Inside Homer - The Simpsons Couch Gag (Episode #549)
Acme Filmworks

Me and My Moulton

National Film Board of Canada

Silent
Moonbot Studios/Creative Artists Agency

The Dam Keeper

Tonko House LLC

The Raven 

Moonbot Studios