Sr. VFX Artist

Insomniac Games
Burbank, CA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Insomniac Games is searching for its next Sr. VFX Artist, responsible for creating complex FX to work and assist in gameplay, environment, and cinematics of the game.  You'll also assist in mentoring, tutoring, and providing assistance to more junior artists to improve workflow, efficiency, aesthetics, and pipeline.

Skills & Requirements

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Creates, designs and implements real-time particle effects using both static and animating 2D/3D elements
  • Places effects throughout levels and cinematics
  • Paints particle and decal textures
  • Creates simulations for gameplay elements
  • Creates FX shaders with node-based shader networks
  • Creates FX textures
  • Creates simple geometry and assign UV’s
  • Optimizes FX for framerate and memory
  • Collaborates with other departments to ensure that FX are implemented appropriately in the game engine
  • Works with Art Director to help create and maintain FX art direction for game
  • Self-directed and ability to work independently: Understands and adds to the overall art style of game
  • Orchestrates complex FX events involving layering and timing of different FX to create a believable scene
  • Experiments with and/or evaluate techniques and/or art programs to improve efficiency, workflow, or visuals in game
  • Prototypes effect concepts for gameplay and engine
  • Helps guide further development of internal effects editing tools
  • Other duties may be assigned

 Education and/or Experience:

  • Fifth year college or university program certificate; or five to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Highly proficient in Maya, and in working with joints and locators, keyframing, rigid body simulations, hard surface modeling, and UV mapping.
  • Highly proficient in Photoshop for painting and editing textures.
  • In-depth knowledge of working with node-based shader networks.
  • Strong knowledge of other visual effects software a plus.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

If this sounds like an opportunity you'd be a good fit for, please submit your application below and be sure to include a link to your updated reel. 


About the Company

Insomniac Games has created and developed award-winning video game franchises across multiple platforms for 25 years, selling more than 70 million games along the way. We’re best known for developing the PlayStation®4 smash-hit, Marvel's Spider-Man (2018), and creating iconic PlayStation franchises such as Spyro the Dragon (1998), Ratchet & Clank (2002) and Resistance (2005). With studios in Burbank, Calif. and Durham, NC, Insomniac has earned 20 local, regional, state and national awards for our workplace culture. You can learn more about us at