We believe that video games can be more than a pastime - they can be an artistic medium that delivers beautiful, meaningful, and timeless experiences to a wide range of people. Our goal is to create games that fulfill that potential. We strive to create innovative and deeply moving experiences that will inspire players, challenge convention, and push the boundaries of interactive entertainment to new exciting areas.
Led by Matt Nava, the art director of award-winning games Flower and Journey, Giant Squid's team is composed of some of the most talented developers currently working in the industry.
Executive VP & Board Member
As early as he can remember, Derek has always had a deep passion for visually rich and interactive storytelling. From the first time he ever held a handed-down, worn-out comic book in his hands to his ever-growing collection of pop-up masterpieces and automata, he has always seen magic in motion and found soul in story. These feelings naturally shaped and defined his love of games. He joined Giant Squid to create the games he loves to play: immersive, personally meaningful, interactive narratives that are as visually rich as they are inspiring and thought provoking.
Derek is an industry veteran who brings years of low-level experience at virtually every stage of game development with him. From his time as a graphics driver engineer, to writing GPU performance analysis and debugging applications, to his years at Epic Games, developing the Unreal Engine while porting and shipping the code, toolchain, and games on a variety of platforms, he has worked with engineers and artists alike to shape and enhance game development for countless titles. He plans to bring all this to bear at Giant Squid, helping to build amazing games with a wonderfully talented team.
Dimitri is a Technical Artist who loves game engines, pipelines, rigging and tools development. Originally from Brazil, he came to the US to study animation. He has worked as an animator and storyboard artist before moving into the realms of Tech Art.
He is currently developing Giant Squid character, animation and art pipelines. When not working on games, he likes to spend his time reading ghost story books, collecting vinyls and playing D&D.
A self-taught programmer with a decade of game development experience, Cosmo has been modding, designing, and programming games for as long as he's had access to computers. He has experience with all sorts of stuff; from high-fidelity animation programming, data-driven systems, and AI programming on big budget games to procedural generation, shader programming, and music composition on indie titles of his own.
At Giant Squid he hopes to do all of that stuff some more. And definitely learn some new stuff along the way. The important thing, really, is using all of the stuff at his disposal in inventive ways to create games that people can't get enough of. For the record, he's also an avid gamer and tabletop RPG nerd.
Erica Ishijima enjoys managing all aspects of the Giant Squid business. Whether it's making sure that the studio is running smoothly, or that the team is happy, she will do whatever it takes to maintain productivity of the game from behind the scenes.
While at Sony Computer Entertainment America, she coordinated for the recruiting teams at Santa Monica Studio, San Diego Studio, Bend Studio, and PlayStation HQ. She supported the teams for God of War: Ascension, MLB: The Show, Uncharted, and a few unannounced titles for PS4.
At Giant Squid, Erica hopes to be a part of a culture where artistic vision and brilliant minds are celebrated.
As Director of Product Development at Sony’s Santa Monica Studio for the past 5 years, Tina had the pleasure of releasing some of the industry’s most groundbreaking and beautiful games such as Journey, The Unfinished Swan, Sound Shapes, Flower and more. In March 2013, Tina founded her own company called The Arsenal Agency to help select independent developers with representation and business support, and is currently working with Giant Squid as an Executive VP and Board Member.
While at Sony, Tina managed a department of 15 producers and designers and over a dozen independent development studios. Responsibilities included managing staff and developer relations, product planning, business strategy, budgets, reviewing concepts, negotiating deal terms, collaborating with marketing, and contributing to studio planning. The goal was to enable developers to create unique and fun experiences in hopes of broadening the market and changing the perception of video games as art. Tina's department gained the reputation of supporting some of the best quality and most unique indie titles in the industry, winning hundreds of awards. Journey, one of our proudest and most successful releases, is probably within the top 3 highest award winning games in history. Titles released included The Unfinished Swan, Journey, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, Sound Shapes, Escape Plan, Carnival Island, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, God of War: Origins, Datura, Twisted Metal, Flower, Fat Princess, the PixelJunk series, Everyday Shooter and Linger in Shadows.
Prior to Sony, Tina worked as VP of Development for independent developer 7 Studios and was primarily responsible for managing strategic relationships with business partners to secure funding and support for multiple projects. In order to broaden the studio’s capabilities and reputation, Tina worked to create and develop original concepts, and managed pitch materials, proposals and legal agreements. The studio grew from 50-130 people, with satellite offices opened in Taiwan and Utah. Shortly after Tina left, 7 Studios was acquired by Activision.
Before joining 7 Studios, Tina worked as VP of Program Development and Editorial at G4 Television. She was a founding member of the network and helped it grow from 9 to over 350 employees in under 4 years, broadcasting into 55 million homes – one of the fastest growing networks in television history. Tina's role was to manage relationships with the games industry to provide content and interviews for the network's 24/7 programming lineup, and work with producers to develop show concepts and editorial coverage.
Prior to G4, Tina worked at Sony Computer Entertainment America for 6 years as part of the launch team for PlayStation and PlayStation 2. PlayStation became the best selling console of all time shipping over 100 million units, and was only surpassed by PlayStation 2 which sold over 150 million units. As Sr. Account Manager, Tina's responsibilities included managing relationships between Sony and third-party publishers and developers, and overseeing product development from game design to final packaged goods. Tina provided overall support, reviewed thousands of game concepts, negotiated hardware exclusives, contributed to strategic planning, and managed co-marketing efforts.
Prior to SCEA, Tina worked in Marketing at Sony Imagesoft, Interplay Entertainment and Sammy Corporation, designing packaging and related promotional materials, managing product plans and trade show exhibits.Tina also acted as localization producer on several products for multiple platforms.
Our Creative Director and Co-Founder, Matt Nava, is the driving creative force behind Giant Squid and its games. Previously the Art Director at thatgamecompany, his artistic vision helped craft the award winning games Flower and Journey for the PS3.
Journey, with over 33 Game of the Year and multiple Best Art Direction Awards, is a testament to Matt's ability to communicate deeply moving narrative through visual and interactive design. Matt recently wrote and designed the critically acclaimed book, The Art of Journey, in which he provides insight into the development process and showcases his artwork for the game.
With Giant Squid, Matt hopes to create an artistic atmosphere where he can collaborate with talented developers to make games that build on and expand his vision of deeply immersive and meaningful experiences.
Bryce is an artist who has been doing art ever since he was able to hold a crayon. His love for video games and art fueled him to pursue his dream and move to the west coast and become a game developer. He is versatile when it comes to art styles and has a keen eye for detail, compositions, and color theory.
As an environment artist at Giant Squid, he hopes to help create worlds that are beautiful and well remembered.
Giant Squid is a creative environment that values experimentation, craftsmanship, dedication and teamwork in the production of artistic game experiences . We look for developers who can help us innovate, challenge conventions, and ultimately provide immersive, enlightening and lasting experiences to players.
We offer competitive salary and benefits to our employees. All our positions are on site at our studio in Santa Monica, CA.
We currently have no openings.
Giant Squid is looking for an animator to help bring characters and environments to life in our exciting next game. As a member of the Giant Squid team, you will have the opportunity to collaborate directly with the creators of the critically acclaimed game ABZÛ. In our projects, we focus heavily on fluidity - we endevour to create character animations that blend seamlessly together to create a flowing ballet of motion. We are looking for a passionate artist who is aligned with our goal of creating video game experiences that are elegant and efficient, yet evocative, beautiful and meaningful.
Our ideal animator candidate will have a demonstrable and wide ranging knowledge of character animation techniques, from the ability to create dynamic poses and motions with a sense of weight to tweaking animation curves and the interaction of animation layers to perfection. You will constantly apply your innate sense for visual design, composition, and timing to a wide variety of animation tasks, from environmental effects to camera framing, motion, and sequencing. In addition to an expert understanding of 3D tools --specifically Maya-- a strong foundation in traditional figure drawing is a must for this position.
Beyond a core understanding of 3D animation, we are looking for a team player who shares our excitement for learning, researching new techniques, wearing multiple hats and stepping outside of regular workflows to innovate and make things happen. You will be working closely with game designers, programmers, and other artists to complete character and environment animation effects. This collaborative mindset will be crucial as you help us find solutions to unforseen challenges requiring cross disiplinary teamwork that we discover as we bring our next project to life.
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