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Company Name:
Crystal Dynamics
Location:
Redwood City, California
Country:
United States
Job Type:
Visual Arts
Position type:
Full Time
Platform
PC / Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Experience Level:
Entry Level
Education:
Associate Degree

Associate Visual Effects Artist

Crystal Dynamics is looking for an outstanding and talented Visual FX Artist to work with our development team on creating world class action adventure games, such as the latest in the award winning Tomb Raider franchise. The successful FX Artist needs to have experience with particle editing, texture creation and real-time materials and will have both a strong creative and technical background. This VFX Artist with be able to conceptualize, present, and execute ideas within a schedule, while actively participating in technical and artistic problem solving, and will be able to partner with multiple disciplines to meet project specific needs.  He or she will be able to quickly understand custom toolsets and deliver assets within the confines of real time engine constraints and programming demands. 

Essential  Duties:

  • Create high quality textures and meshes using tools such as Photoshop, After Effects, and Maya
  • Work with real-time materials
  • Work with Fluid package to create pre rendered sequences and real-time flipbooks.
  • Create all aspects of in game VFX from atmosphere to large destructive events
  • Communicate with Artists, Designers, and Programmers to work through artistic and technical challenges
  • Evaluate and initiate processes and features needed to improve and streamline production

Competencies, Skills & Knowledge:

  • Be a self-motivated problem solver
  • Understand working within a real-time game engine’s limitations
  • Understanding of the principles of art and animation
  • Ability to multi task and give accurate time estimates
  • Ability to meet strict production deadlines
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Work both as a member of a development team and individually with minimum supervision

Essential Requirements:

  • At least 1 year of video game industry experience in a related position
  • Experience with particle editing in a 3D application or an in-game engine
  • Willingness to work with a proprietary particle tool

Pluses:

  • HLSL shader creation experience
  • Animation experience
  • Environment art experience
  • Experience developing for Xbox One and/or PS4

 * A portfolio related to visual effects is required to be considered for this position.