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Company Name:
Pocket Gems
San Francisco, California
United States
Job Type:
Visual Arts
Position type:
Full Time
Android, iOS
Minimum Number Of Professional Titles:
Experience Level:
Entry Level
Some College

3D Visual Effects (VFX) Artist

Pocket Gems, a mobile entertainment company started by two engineers, is continuously breaking new ground by building graphically rich mobile games; developing fun, new genres of mobile entertainment; and creating innovative technologies. Profitable since launch in 2009, the company has grown to over 175 employees with offices in San Francisco and New York. Pocket Gems’ games have been downloaded over 150 million times by players around the world.

We are currently looking for a talented 3D Effects, Rigging, Animation Artist to join the Pocket Gems team in downtown San Francisco. You’ll work with your project’s engineers, artists, and designers to create effects and animations for our next line of hit mobile games. You should have a strong working knowledge of how to implement a wide set of VFX as well as be sharp enough to figure out how to get them implemented in a new engine. You should love problem solving, quickly iterating, and start-up environments.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • An avid gamer across multiple platforms.
  • Work closely with engineers and designers to create high quality visual effects and particles for characters, buildings, and environment assets.
  • Expert knowledge of particle systems and animated geometry based visual effects. You should understand when and how to implement advanced techniques (sprite sheets, world-space particles, animated effects over time, etc.)
  • Knowledge of implementing efficient effects (e.g., destructible objects, high quality water, fog, composite textures, lighting systems, laser effects, glow effects, god rays, lensflare, bloom, reflection, volumetric lights)
  • Experience with constructing and animating complex rigs and animations.
  • At least 2 years working in gaming with credit on at least one shipped title.
  • Post Secondary degree in applicable field of study (art, game design, engineering)
  • Full understanding of the 3D production pipeline from 2D concept to 3D textured asset to rigged and animated final model.
  • Able to troubleshoot and smartly correct other artists’ scene files.
  • Strong organizational and file management skills

This is a full time role that would require you to be on site in our downtown San Francisco studio.

 Pocket Gems offers top-notch benefits, including a Premiere PPO health plan. We cover 100% of the cost of employees’ Medical, Dental and Vision premiums (and 75% of the cost for their dependents), as well as short and long-term disability, and life insurance. We also offer flex spending & dependent care accounts, pre-tax commuter benefits and a 401(k) plan. And most important - free lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks Monday through Friday! Pocket Gems is located in beautiful downtown San Francisco, one block North of the Montgomery Street BART station.