ILMxLAB Technical Artist

CG Artist San Francisco, CA


Position at ILMxLAB

Position Summary

We are looking for a Technical Artist who is passionate about bringing the latest technical trends in real-time development to their craft, and who reflects the innovative spirit and immersive storytelling that defines ILMxLAB.

The Technical Artist is responsible for actively partnering with the development team to advance the state of real-time rendered immersive experiences, striving for the highest possible visual fidelity while ensuring optimal performance.

What You’ll Do

  • Contribute to look development of the highest-caliber real-time art by creating shaders, lighting and particle effects, and partnering with character and environment artists on asset lookdev.
  • Partner with the art and engineering teams to facilitate communication, and ensure that goals and best practices for both are represented.
  • Explore and implement new tools and techniques to continuously push the visual bar to the leading edge using scripting (Blueprints, Python, C++) and rapid prototypes.
  • Proactively identify and solve technical art issues and challenges.
  • Provide hands-on support to the development team for asset performance profiling and optimization. Identify, triage, and fix bugs as required.
  • Standardize and improve development processes for production of assets, materials, shaders, LODs, asset streaming, collisions, and interactions.
  • Create and maintain clear and comprehensive documentation of processes, tools and workflows.

What We’re Looking For

  • 5+ years experience in games, film, television, AR/VR or related fields
  • 3+ years experience with programming/scripting languages such as Python, C++, C#, Java, Perl, or MEL
  • Strong 3D art skills with experience and deep understanding of optimizing modeling, texturing, rigging, animation, shading, lighting and particle effects for real-time workflows
  • Advanced knowledge of software including Maya, Houdini, Blender, Substance Designer/Painter, and Photoshop
  • Unreal Engine: extensive experience working with UE scripting and workflows: Blueprints, material networks, real-time lighting and simulations
  • Shaders: in-depth knowledge of real-time shader implementations, limitations of shaders in VR, strong understanding of PBR pipelines and subsurface shaders
  • Materials: experience in the development, authoring & organization of efficient node-based materials via the UE4 material editor
  • Proficiency with profiling tools in the examination & diagnosis of performance issues
  • Team-player mindset: open & receptive to ideas, constructive feedback, direction and changes. Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across disciplines such as art, design, engineering and production
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently under tight deadlines. Works well with direction, but also is self-motivated and will seek out or devise solutions to unexpected challenges.
  • Nice to have:
    • Passion for playing and making games, experience or interest in VR and AR
    • Familiarity with C#, or C++
    • Visual Effects production / pipeline experience
    • Interest and capacity to work with proprietary toolsets

**A portfolio / reel submission - including a detailed breakdown of your work in each section - is required with all applications**

This position is with Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Industrial Light & Magic. Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion or belief, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability or pregnancy or maternity. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.