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Meta Principal VFX Artist - Ready at Dawn in Helena, Montana


Ready At Dawn is looking for a Principal VFX Artist to join us in creating a high-profile original AAA game in the VR space. In this role you will directly collaborate with studio leads, design, art, and engineering teams to execute on all manner of VFX, from gameplay and combat driven systems, to environmental atmospherics and destruction.As a studio Ready At Dawn has over two decades of experience in creating highly polished original IPs that are rich in world building, characters, and innovative gameplay experiences, and we consistently push the bounds of hardware platforms and elevate the expectations of players and developers alike. With a highly collaborative development culture at Ready At Dawn, we value the importance of effectively working, communicating, and inspiring a diverse team across all departments and specialization, to solve ambitious visual, gameplay, and technical problems together.

Required Skills:

Principal VFX Artist - Ready at Dawn Responsibilities:

  1. Collaborate with the Art, Gameplay, Design, and Animation teams to develop in-game FX elements, from early look development and prototyping to final polished implementation

  2. Use the Unreal engine authoring tool set, Maya, Houdini, Substance, EmberGen and various other supplemental FX authoring packages to create stunning VFX particles, systems, textures, and simulations

  3. Directly implement VFX content, including in-world placement and scripting of systemic / gameplay driven behaviors

  4. Assess the needs of the overall game experience pillars and plan, propose, and execute challenging and high-risk VFX systems that elevate the quality of the title.

  5. Where applicable, lead a small team of diverse cross-discipline specialists on key game feature areas with a significant VFX and technical component

  6. Contribute to the development and enhancement of VFX systems and processes, including particle effect authoring, scripting, sequencing tools and pipelines

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. 5+ years of experience as VFX artist in games

  2. Experience with various supplemental 3D and VFX authoring packages (Ex: Maya, Houdini, EmberGen, Substance, etc)

  3. Portfolio that demonstrates a breadth of both technical and artistic execution of real-time VFX

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Additional general art and technical experience (shaders/materials, modeling, scripting, pipeline development and automation)

  2. Experience and interest in VR development

Public Compensation:

$175,000/year to $236,000/year + bonus + equity + benefits

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity:

Meta is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Meta participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations, as required by law. Please note that Meta may leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies in connection with applications for employment.

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