Sr. Lighting Artist - Sledgehammer Games

Activision Foster City , CA 94404

Posted 2 months ago

Job Title:

Sr. Lighting Artist - Sledgehammer Games

Requisition ID:

R000066

Job Description:

Are you a video games enthusiast who enjoys first-person-shooters and has a passion for digital lighting, art, and photo realistic quality?

The lighting team are the gatekeepers of mood, visual storytelling, and are one of the primary drivers of player emotion. We work closely with our art and creative directors to evoke player emotion and drive what's most important to us: Gameplay. In this role, you will be an integral, and critical member of our small but agile team. As our newest teammate, you will work side by side with our Lighting Leads. Together, you will help execute some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in video games. You and our team will be accomplishing this by having routine 1:1s, weekly team meetings, you will have an in-depth training period, and open dialog / high communication with adjacent teams. We move fast, and in-order to join our ranks, please see the below criteria.

Your Mission:

  • Responsible for creating game-play and in-game cinematic lighting based on direction from the Art Director.

  • Ensure that lighting assets meet runtime and disk budgeting requirements.

  • Anticipate, identify, and report any potential production problems and communicate those to the Lead.

  • Work collaboratively with other departments: Character, VFX, and especially Environment Art.

  • Stay current with industry lighting techniques.

  • Work with Rendering engineers to push our engine further.

  • Creation of the sky dome and cloud assets.

Player Profile:

  • 7 years of experience in a Lighting role (4 years of which in the gaming industry).

  • Excellent working knowledge of Maya and Photoshop or equivalent.

  • In-depth knowledge of physically based lighting.

  • Strong understanding of advanced lighting fundamentals.

  • Strong sense of lighting theory; color space, exposure, light fixtures, natural light, reflections etc.

  • Proven track-record of leading and inspiring teams.

  • Understanding of composition and the ability to enhance mood with lighting.

  • Effectively use color grading and post effects to enhance the final image.

  • Working knowledge of industry standard rendering concepts and processes.

  • Experienced with Unreal, Unity, or other proprietary engines.

What you should know to get double XP!

  • Experience with one or more scripting/programming languages.

  • Experience with PBR & HDR lighting

  • Knowledge of photography principals and image correction techniques.

  • Experience playing Call of Duty or similar First-Person-Shooters.

About Us:

Sledgehammer Games, the Developers of: Call of Duty, Advanced Warfare, was founded with a singular goal: Achieve Excellence, while making and having fun!

We have a state of the art facility, an industry leading development team, and a studio culture built to promote and support world class game developers.


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