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ILMxLAB Lighting Artist


ILMxLAB Lighting Artist

• Intermediate Level


The Lighting Artist is responsible for bringing the best out of our environments and to combine artistic talent and technical ability.

Category Art Department  Special Effects 
Location San Francisco Bay Area
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date Apr 25, 2022
Start Date N/A
End Date N/A

Job Description

You would be working closely with the Department Supervisor of Lighting and development/production teams on the design and implementation of lighting setups and lighting pipelines.

  • Work with Art Directors, Lighting Leads and Concept Artwork to design lighting setups for environments, characters and interactive game assets.
  • Have a deep understanding of lightmap baking, dynamic lighting tools, image based specular lighting, indirect light probes, post-process volumes and real-time rendering
  • Work with environment, character and VFX artists in the lighting design to achieve the desired targets for aesthetics and performance through material shader and geometry work
  • Partner with level designers to animate via level blueprint or sequencer dynamic lighting or transitions
  • Actively participate in improving workflows, optimizations and best practices
  • Identify, triage, and fix bugs as required working with engineering and relevant departments
  • Take final project to a high degree of polish and optimization
  • 3+ years experience as a Lighting TD/Artist in AAA game development or animation/vfx/film
  • Strong aesthetic sense for lighting and color theory
  • Strong technical knowledge of current real time lighting tool sets including atmospheric effects, post processing, color grading and HDR IBL workflows
  • Able to effectively take direction and know what looks good and why
  • Experience with Unreal/Unity or equivalent game engine including dynamic and baked lighting workflows, physically-based rendering, and basic level blueprint scripting
  • Shaders: in-depth knowledge of real-time shader implementations, limitations of shaders in VR, strong knowledge of PBR pipelines, and subsurface shaders
  • Materials: experienced in the development, authoring & organization of efficient materials via the UE4 material editor
  • Fluency in working in Windows, JIRA, Perforce or equivalent OS, workload and data management tools
  • Excellent communication, organization and problem-solving skills and self-motivated
  • Bonus points for:
  • Strong traditional art, photography or film studies background
  • Proficient with profiling tools to examine & diagnosis performance issues related to lighting
  • Experience with one or more of the following: Maya, Unity, Substance Designer / Painter, Zbrush or Mudbox, Houdini, Mari, 3D StudioMax, Photoshop, Nuke
  • Interest and capacity to work with proprietary toolsets
*A portfolio / reel submission - including a detailed breakdown of your work in each section - is required with all applications*

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit N/A
Shift Day
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