Level 4 - Lighting Artist

Retro Studios
Austin, TX, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

  • Creates mood through lighting of levels and cinematics that is consistent with art direction and gameplay needs.  
  • Establishes strong color palettes, value structures and compositions through lighting.   
  • Adjusts post effects for level including exposure, color grading, fog, bloom, etc.   
  • Communicates with level art and design to ensure lighting is achieving art and gameplay goals. 
  • Works with engineers and tech art to improve tools and workflows.
  • Maintain visual continuity and performance throughout the game.  
  • Mentor other artists on the team.
  • Provide timely and clear feedback to external partners on the lighting of levels.  

*This job description outlines primary duties and requirements and is not intended to identify all tasks that may be performed; individuals occupying the position may be required to perform other duties.  The company may modify job duties from time to time, either in practice or in writing.

Skills & Requirements

  • A minimum of 5+ years of experience as a lighter in the games industry or related positions and fields.
  • Exceptional eye for color, value and composition expressed through lighting.   
  • Experience lighting levels for games and dealing with the gameplay requirements.   
  • Solid understanding of PBR rendering and the interaction between materials and lighting  
  • Understanding of real-world lighting values and exposure, and how they affect an image.   
  • Experience using a real-time lighting engine like Unreal, Unity, Frostbite, etc.   
  • Ability to follow concept/reference and the ability to work within a wide range of styles with minimal direction.  
  • Is self-motivated and can work through and solve problems.  
  • Able to manage and organize work in order to meet deadlines.  
  • Interested in the study and expression of light through photography or painting is a plus.   
  • Experience using an industry standard renderer like Arnold, Renderman, V-ray, Octane, Mitsuba, etc. is a plus.   

We are an equal opportunity employer valuing diversity…celebrating strengths.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

About the Company

Founded in 1998, Retro Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo Company, Ltd.  Retro is a state-of-the-art game development studio, working in conjunction with Nintendo to bring award-winning games to Nintendo's cutting-edge next-generation platforms.  Retro Studios is in beautiful Austin, Texas. With rolling hills, scenic waterways, abundant wildlife, vibrant music and film scenes, and a laid-back cosmopolitan culture, Austin is a dynamic city with an excellent quality of life.  Austin's sunny weather also supports a great range of outdoor activities, providing plenty of venues for top-notch game developers to recharge and unwind.