David Sarkisjan

Cinematic Animator

Quick Questions

PC or console

PC, Console, PC, Console. I love both.

Go-to karaoke song

What I’ve Done by Linkin Park. Keeps my voice up at night.

Favorite Hitman map and why

Miami. Instant classic.

Meal that reminds you of childhood

Krupicová kaša. I am made of butter and cocoa powder.

Your secret superpower?


Most and least favorite items on your desk

Keyboard. Headphone Charger.

Something you wish you knew more about

What is life like on an isolated island without external stimuli.

Recommend three books, games or movies

Three Games: 
1. Remnant From the Ashes
2. Kingdom Come Deliverance
3. Life is Strange

Deeper Questions

What do you do at IOI?

I am a cinematic animator. My goal is to create seamless, dramatic, and memorable experiences for players who love to play and immerse themselves in another worlds. I love to collaborate with both technical and artistically talented people in the studio. My main contribution lies in refining captured motion and implementing it into the game engine. It is a challenging job with many areas of interest, so I enjoy it. I also participate in research and development, which brings everything we do to another level!

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I am an expat and often end up where my intuition, passions and circumstances lead me. I am quite introverted, enjoy company of a small group of friends, a silent room, and a well-lit spa. I love to study what unites and divides us, which is mostly food and money. I am fascinated by the mind and technology, and how we use both to torture ourselves. Overall, a fun guy.

What's your daily source of inspiration?

Beauty, joy, pain, the everyday. Creativity of others. Our ability to build from nothing. Our struggle to keep civilization safe from evil. People helping each other. Animals and the natural world as it keeps on evolving without us. If I can tell stories about these topics, I am hopeful that I can keep inspiration alive.

Why are you passionate about what you do?

I can only guess it has something to do with escapism and how powerful it can be for me and people that need it. Video games is the most fascinating medium out there and we have only scratched the surface of its potential. I enjoy being part of that exploration.

What projects do you work on outside of work?

I write a bit, research, and travel. My project is to be excited about the next day, the next year, the next decade. I try to improve myself and help along the way. My biggest project is to keep my apartment tidy and cozy. Why do you think I moved to Sweden?!

What's your most memorable IOI moment?

My first three months. Summer in the air. A big group of people to talk to. Getting acquainted with the tools. A huge project to tackle. And finally, a week of jamming during IOI week and that party afterwards. So much energy.

What's the best bit of advice you've ever been given?

Take it one step at a time.
I don’t always do so myself, but it helps me to bring everything down to earth. It (mostly) kept me out of trouble. My biggest lesson? Don’t forget to look into the mirror and eat well. Grow into the step.

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