Lead Cinematic Designer HOUSEMARQUE / Helsinki, Finland

PUBLISHED: March 22, 2022

Housemarque is looking for a Lead Cinematic Designer for our next big game!


As the technical lead of the talented and passionate cinematic team behind RETURNAL you will work closely with a team of cinematic designers, animators, co-dev partners and the Narrative Director to help drive the next evolution of Housemarque games. It will be your role to ensure technical proficiency and quality across the cinematics, facilitate professional growth among the cinematics team, and champion the artistic vision of the project.

Lead Cinematic Designer’s responsibilities:

  • Lead the cinematics team integration of animation, audio, vfx, camera techniques and more to create artistically and technically sound in-game cinematic moments.
  • Guide cinematic moments to a very high level of quality with the Narrative Director.
  • Support team by assisting with technical setup and other support when required.
  • Seek to improve and maintain good work methods and development pipelines.
  • Other lead responsibilities, such as 1-on-1’s with team members.
  • Cross-team collaboration (level art, design, VFX, audio etc) to combine all elements.
  • Organize training opportunities and facilitate professional growth for cinematics team.

We expect you to have:

  • Experience as a Lead or Senior Cinematic Designer in AAA games or real-time projects.
  • Passion for classical and modern cinematic and storytelling.
  • Understanding of workflows for the creation of in-game cinematic moments.
  • Deep understanding of Unreal Engine or other game engine cinematic tools.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills.
  • Strong prioritization and multitasking abilities.
  • Passion for art and willingness to learn new workflows and share knowledge.
  • Fluent spoken and written English.


At Housemarque, we believe “Game is King!” because gameplay always comes first.

With technical excellence and compelling narrative, spiced with our trademark neon flair and top-notch audiovisual feedback, we want our players to always feel actively engaged with the worlds we have created for them.

Our latest Award-Winning game Returnal, released on PS5 in 2021, embraces all these qualities. THIS is our DNA!

We value Nordic work-life balance by growing sustainably and ensuring our employees have the time and means to develop personally and professionally during work time.

We were established in 1995 with strong roots in the Finnish demoscene. In June 2021 we joined the PlayStation Studios, after years of partnership.

If you wish to join us for our next journey, apply today!

What we offer to you?

  • Competitive salary, benefits, healthcare, Nordic work-life balance
  • Tailored immigration and relocation package to help you get settled into Finland
  • A warm and welcoming atmosphere at our cozy Helsinki office
  • Freedom, flexibility and openness in a collaborative culture
  • Brilliant, diverse and empathetic colleagues to work with
  • Exciting and ambitious projects executed with the best tools
  • Access to Playstation Studios collaboration, games and more!

This is a permanent, full-time position based in Helsinki, Finland. 

We will start interviewing promising candidates immediately so please apply as soon as possible.