Creative Director

About the Employer

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play —it’s also the Best Place to Work. We’ve thrilled gamers since 1994, when we launched the original PlayStation. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment. The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play —it’s also the Best Place to Work. We’ve thrilled gamers since 1994, when we launched the original PlayStation. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment. The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

Sony Bend Studio, world-class creator of Days Gone, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and Syphon Filter, is seeking outstanding talent to join our hardworking and creative family in crafting our next high-profile AAA console title.

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Creative Director: Responsible for the creative decisions that define the vision and quality of all aspects of development for a single game.

Responsibilities:

  • You will conceptualize and evangelize the creative direction for the project, ensuring it inspires the team and delivers on a fun and memorable player experience.
  • Actively motivate the team to achieve high-quality within constraints and to promote high levels of alignment and enthusiasm within the team.
  • Taking feedback across all disciplines and breaking it down to understand the underlying motivations, and then driving solutions to problems and opportunities.
  • Able to explain creative ideas clearly and concisely and ensuring the “why” behind the vision is understood by the team.
  • Collaborate with the Game and Art Director to create a vision that is innovative, strong, fitting with IP, and feasible for the team.
  • Experience with working on both existing IP and ideation for new IP.
  • You will motivate the team to follow the creative vision through all phases of production and breed a culture of innovation and excellence.
  • Champion narrative moments and dialogue, providing direction to Game Director, Narrative Designers, and Writing team.
  • Approves the game story and script.
  • Ensures continuity and consistency between different aspects of the game, including story, design, character art, environment art, animation and audio.
  • Provide creative oversight throughout project via daily and weekly check-ins and reviews.
  • Provide frequent creative updates to the team via updates and studio & team meetings.
  • Act as an ultimate arbiter and decision maker in the case of internal creative debates.
  • Design and maintain an efficient and effective creative development pipeline.
  • Attends and directs performance capture sessions providing context for voice and actor performances.
  • Work closely with production managers and leads to create a process that facilitates a high quality product on time.
  • You are an adept delegator who understands you are to set overall creative goals and vision, trust the discipline leads and their teams to execute on that vision.
  • You seek out the best ideas and swap out the lesser ones for better ideas, regardless of the source.

Requirements & Skills

  • Outstanding written skills and able to produce presentations to illustrate creative and project direction to the team and executive producers.
  • Recent game / narrative / creative direction on AAA action / adventure titles.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate creative ideas and collaborate in a multidisciplinary team giving, and taking feedback.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a creative leadership role as a Director or Creative Lead at a game or film studio.
  • Experience directing 2D and 3D animation, live action, and still photography.
  • Passion and talent for connecting audiences with ideas through visual storytelling.
  • Experience mentoring designers, animators, and concept artists, providing insightful feedback on each discipline’s efforts and goals.
  • Highly organized and can juggle multiple priorities, and deliveries.
  • Demonstrated expert level understanding of game features, systems, and economies.
  • Experience collaborating with team members on visual scenes, dialogue, story pacing, and gameplay.
  • Able and willing to participate and become one of the leading representatives for the studio and project for external PR and Marketing events.

  • Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, legally protected physical or mental disability, covered veteran status, status in the U.S. uniformed services, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

We sincerely appreciate the time and effort you spent in contacting us and we thank you for your interest in PlayStation.

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Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, legally protected physical or mental disability, covered veteran status, status in the U.S. uniformed services, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

We sincerely appreciate the time and effort you spent in contacting us and we thank you for your interest in PlayStation.

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