Lead Lighting Artist

343 Industries - Microsoft
Redmond, WA, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description

Lead Lighting Artist – 343 Industries (Halo)

343 Industries is looking for a Lead Lighting Artist to join our team, working on the next big Halo shooter. As the Lead Lighting Artist, you are central to ensuring we have exceptional lighting throughout our game that helps create an immersive and exciting Halo experience. You will manage our experienced and talented Lighting team, working with them to establish our lighting style and drive the team towards effective execution. Our Lighting Artists work across several Experience Teams and ensuring visual unification across our product will be key.

The ideal candidate is both an outstanding Lighting Artist and a great manager - a veteran who possesses a strong understanding of lighting fundamentals, a great production sense and the creative prowess to beautifully light levels themselves. Someone with care and empathy for the team, whose goal is to empower others to do their best work and support them in doing so.    

If you’re a passionate, talented and driven Lead Lighting Artist who wants to work on one of the most exciting and creative intellectual properties in the industry, this is where you need to be!

Skills & Requirements


  • Work with the Art Director and Creative Director to understand the big picture goals of the project. 
  • Work closely with Art, Cinematic and Development teams to create industry leading lighting across our environments, characters and cinematic sequences.
  • Work with the Lighting team to craft compelling visuals that supports story, art direction and experience objectives. Establish lighting style for the project and ensure we achieve a unified look throughout the game.
  • Foster the sharing of work, ideas, techniques and culture across the Lighting team.
  • Manage the Lighting team, providing mentorship, career guidance and ongoing performance feedback, ensuring that the team is operating effectively.
  • Establish & represent the Lighting team’s needs & priorities in larger team discussions including technology investments, staffing needs etc.
  • Manage hiring needs and recruitment efforts across Lighting team.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of production lighting for games and/or film.

Other Qualifications and Skills:

  • Exceptional portfolio of lighting artwork, including real-time work.
  • Strong understanding of lighting principles and fundamentals, able to demonstrate outstanding use of light, shadow, color, post-processing and atmospheric fx to create varied tone and mood.
  • Exceptional grasp for compositional storytelling and cinematography.
  • Experience in Maya, Photoshop.
  • Ability to work collaboratively - must be open to direction and able to embrace change.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • 1 or more shipped game titles.
  • A Bachelor's degree or diploma, an emphasis in Art preferred.
  • Experience lighting for AAA game development, preferably as a Lighting Lead.
  • Strong knowledge of both real-time and pre-rendered lighting principals (dynamic lighting, light bake solutions, sub surface scattering, HDR etc.)
  • Strong understanding of modern day real-time lighting systems, engines and technology.
  • Experience managing a team of artists/lighters.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply


Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to askstaff@microsoft.com.

About the Company

343 Industries has a single mission: Build incredible Halo experiences. 343 Industries is part of Microsoft Studios, and the steward of the Halo universe. We build the stories, the worlds, and the gameplay that make Halo such an iconic and innovative franchise.

Halo is one of the largest entertainment properties in the world. With over 65 million games sold, New York Times best-selling novels, action figures, apparel and much, much more, this multi-billion dollar franchise has revolutionized console gaming and established a rich and expansive universe for its devoted fans. This is your chance to contribute your passion and vision to one of the most exciting intellectual properties and on one of the most talented teams in the industry.