VFX Artist Job Description

VFX Artist Job Description

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VFX artist provides team/company support - Each team member is expected to provide feedback on ideas, features, game-play, and process.

VFX Artist Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective VFX artist job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included VFX artist job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Experienced with Photoshop/3DsMax or Maya, After Effects
Production experience in Maya and Nuke or similar software
Design and create captivating and highly performant VFX for a new mobile IP using Photoshop, Maya, Unity and in-game FX systems
Expert knowledge with particle systems in Maya and/or Houdini
Conceptualize, design, and create in game visual effects
Create dynamic VFX animations and apply compositing techniques to a variety of VFX assets
Support the VFX lead and Art Director in the overall VFX vision for the game while taking ownership on environments, gameplay mechanics, and cinematic sequences as assigned
Shader work.TOTAL
Use industry standard 3D and 2D packages proprietary tools to create FX assets for their assigned development project
Install created FX assets into In-Engine cinemas

VFX Artist Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Education for VFX Artist

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the VFX artist job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Collage Degree in Art, Visual Effects, Animation, Computer Science, Design, Graphic Arts, Computer Animation, Education, Film, 3D Animation

Skills for VFX Artist

Desired skills for VFX artist include:

Video games industry and awareness of typical video game development processes
Adobe Photoshop
After Effects for texture creation
Maya
Commercial 3D authoring packages
Relevant 3D software with particular emphasis on fluid simulation and rigid body dynamics tools is an advantage
3DSMAX
Data management software
Physically Based Rendering and Linear workflows
Environmental effects

Desired experience for VFX artist includes:

A demonstrable background in traditional art and art history is preferred, scripting experience
Texture Painting
Strong grasp of visual design principles used to create stylized, compelling VFX
High degree of proficiency with 3D graphics, particle systems, physics, ribbons, shaders
Solid knowledge of rendering engines
A minimum of 4 years’ creating real-time special VFX for video games

VFX Artist Examples

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VFX Artist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of VFX artist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for VFX artist
  • Mentors more junior members of the effects team and serves as a repository of special knowledge for the group
  • Conceptualize, design, and create stunning in-game visual effects (modeling, texturing, animating, lighting, shaders, etc) by using available tools in a real-time engine
  • Work collaboratively with game designers and engineers to understand and interpret gameplay requirements to communicate gameplay mechanics to the player within the constraints of the engine
  • Work with the art team to define a consistent style for VFX and to ensure the quality of the assets for all aspects of the project
  • Ensure that VFX assets are built efficiently and within the given deadlines
  • Prepare assets for export to the game engine
  • Provide creative and innovative solutions to technical art problems and/or restrictions
  • Help in developing tools & refining pipelines for the art production process, including batching and automation
  • 4 + years lighting experience in a production environment
  • Experience in lighting for feature films and/or TVC
Qualifications for VFX artist
  • Experience working in Unreal Engine or any other game engines is a plus
  • Play experience with a broad range of games is a plus
  • Portfolio of relevant work required
  • Partners closely with the Lead Artists and will be responsible for creating spectacular visual effects
  • 3+ years’ experience in the game industry is preferred (or demonstrated equivalent visual effects ability)
  • Experience with creating FX in a game engine
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VFX Artist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a VFX artist. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for VFX artist
  • Production experience with PrMan, Arnold or other industry standard renderers
  • Manages In-Game Particle Effects for elements such as fire, smoke, energy, leveling up, unlocks
  • Direct the FX team in creating gameplay, ambient, environmental, and weather effects, FX for spectacle events
  • Execute concept and production designs while working collaboratively with the Technical, Design and Creative teams
  • Work closely with Producers and Product Owners to ensure that VFX meet expected visual quality target, satisfy marketing goals and meet production schedules
  • Collaborate and communicate with the Art Director, Designers and Project Managers for the creation of concepts, visual targets, project style-guides, implementation and final polish of VFX through the production cycle
  • Design and maintain clear naming conventions and organisation for asset files
  • Proactively manage asset file size and monitor performance issues
  • Certification or degree in Motion Graphics, VFX or traditional animation
  • 2+ years of experience as a VFX Artist in a games, post/video production, VFX, or feature animation
Qualifications for VFX artist
  • Experience in Photoshop (required) and After Effects (preferred)
  • Experience with a scripting language (Mel, Maxscript or Python)
  • Experience with real-time shaders in modern game engines
  • Ability to view visual reference of an effect, deconstruct it, and re-create it in a real-time game engine
  • Ability to be creative beyond reality and demonstrate a flair for sensational and extraordinary effects
  • Honest, direct, and flexible approach to work yet firm
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VFX Artist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a VFX artist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for VFX artist
  • Strong personal motivation for excellence complimented with great communication skills (both verbally and written)
  • Create gameplay, ambient, environmental, and weather effects, FX for spectacle events
  • Strong artistic ability with high level of creativity
  • Excellent in depth knowledge of 3D pipeline and an overall understanding of VFX workflow to can carry out quality checks regularly to ensure the highest standard of work/output
  • A texturing artist with the ability creates photo real or stylized output through a brief/set of photos
  • Excellent eye for detail/photo-realism and precision with strong problem-solving skills including internet based research/reference
  • Develop styles and add own creative outlook to work within given brief
  • Strong artistic ability with good understanding of lighting and shading to grasp the concepts detail, composition and form
  • Good knowhow of 3D pipeline within VFX workflow
  • An all-rounder in Modelling with the ability creates photo real organic, hard surface and environmental assets with a refined output
Qualifications for VFX artist
  • Solid Technical abilities to aid in creating new visual effects art pipelines
  • Knowledge of source control software such as Perforce
  • Ability to focus on keep content relevant to the current projects art style and work within those limitations
  • Meticulous and organized in the approach to tasks, files and storage of the material
  • Extensive experience with VFX editors and particle systems
  • Knowledge and understanding of optimizing VFX to maintain targeted framerate
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VFX Artist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of VFX artist. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for VFX artist
  • Strong artistic ability with good understanding of anatomy, proportion, and mechanical functionality to grasp the concepts detail, composition, form and scale
  • Creation of particle systems in Unity
  • Particle FX pipeline management
  • Work closely with game designers, scripters, and Art Directors to create and place realistic VFX for games
  • Work closely with engineers and leads to troubleshoot art pipelines as needed
  • Conceptualize and animate realistic particle effects such as fire, explosions, smoke, moving water, sparks, dust, clouds, exhaust, weather
  • Development of prototypes across all VFX subjects including real-time rendering/Game engines
  • Creating VFX in a wide range of styles, from to realistic VFX using advanced 3D simulations to stylized traditional animation techniques
  • Collaborating closely with programming team to ensure the best possible balance of visual excitement and real-time performance
  • Working with Engineering team to develop and improve our VFX tools and pipelines creatively solve technical issues for our games
Qualifications for VFX artist
  • MEL and/or Python scripting a plus
  • Knowledge and understanding of Fluid Simulators a plus
  • Knowledge of AfterEffects and/or other compositing software a plus
  • Experience as an animator, modeler and/or texture artist a plus
  • Previous experience creating high quality VFX for AAA Xbox 360 and/or PS3 games
  • Experience with shaders in a package like Unreal or Hlsl experience a plus
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VFX Artist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a VFX artist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for VFX artist
  • Working with UI/UX Leads to produce VFX for enhancing the user interface experience
  • Interface with Project Managers to stay on schedule and deliver FX milestone deliverables as planned
  • Foster strong communication with game rendering engineers
  • Have a thorough knowledge of optimization techniques for CPU and GPU limitations over multiple platforms
  • Communicate FX development status and risks to stakeholders
  • Define and refine new and existing FX tools to achieve world class VFX
  • Stay involved in industry, compare other games to build process/evolve internal workflow and quality
  • Create stunning real-time visual effects using a mastery of high quality particle effects, textures, and shaders
  • Optimize effects for performance on multiple platforms
  • Collaborate with team members to share knowledge and solve cross-discipline problems
Qualifications for VFX artist
  • Unity/Shuriken or other Particle system editor
  • A BA in art or related field or equivalent experience
  • 8+ years experience as an artist in the industry
  • Should have working knowledge of authoring tools for real-time particle systems
  • Must be proficient with multiple 2D applications, including Adobe AfterEffects, Photoshop, and various similar applications
  • Strong understanding of modern real-time 3D engines

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