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Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10001162 Location San Francisco, California, United States Business Industrial Light & Magic Date posted Dec. 19, 2022

Job Summary:

VFX Artists bring our worlds and characters to life with realistic visual effects that are optimized for real-time performance. We are looking for a Real-Time VFX Artist who is passionate about bringing wizardry to our world-class, interactive experiences, and who reflects the innovative spirit and immersive storytelling that defines ILMxLAB.

What You'll Do

  • Collaborate with the dev team to advance the state of real-time rendered immersive experiences, striving for highest possible visual representation of VFX while staying performant in the game engine

  • Create and implement dynamic and compelling real-time effects animations, simulations, particle systems and shaders that meet all aesthetic, design and technical requirements for the project

  • Ensure that VFX design and implementation meets run-time and performance budgeting requirements

  • Preview work in-engine & through the VR headset. Iterate, optimize, and polish to quality and visual direction set by the creative leads.

  • Strive to continually raise the bar for quality, efficiency and adaptability

  • Keep up with industry trends and new real-time tools/workflows; contribute to improving and advancing workflows and inspire others through sharing knowledge

  • Collaborate in development of breakdowns, task lists, estimates, schedules, milestones and overall project goals as necessary; participate in project stand-ups, meetings, and reviews

  • Develop creative solutions to complex production issues and technical challenges, prioritizing and resolving bugs and clearing obstacles

  • Actively participate in concept testing of new ideas and building of rapid prototypes

What We're Looking For

  • 3+ years experience in games, film, television, AR/VR or related fields

  • Proficiency in real-time and interactive production workflows, tools, particle systems, lighting, texture painting, texture/UV animation, UV layout, engine parameters/optimizations, material setup, and procedural animation

  • Experience using Unreal Engine (or equivalent), Photoshop and Maya to create real-time VFX

  • Able to paint VFX textures from scratch and match an established style

  • Experience creating and using real-time shaders

  • Experience with modeling & physics for realistic hair and cloth

  • Strong artistic & technical problem-solving skills, able to adapt and learn new processes and technical skills

  • Comfortable ‘wearing a few different hats’ in a dynamic, small-to-medium sized team environment

  • Nice to have:

    • Basic understanding of game scripting

    • Professional experience with dynamics and simulations packages: Houdini, Real Flow, FumeFX, etc.

    • Experience or interest in the creation of VR & AR experiences

    • Passion for playing and making games

    • VFX production / pipeline experience


The hiring range for this position in San Francisco is $101,300 to $126,600 per year.  The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors.  A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.  

About Industrial Light & Magic:

Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM is the leading effects facility in the world, serving the motion picture, commercial production, and attraction industries. ILM has created visual effects for over 325 feature films and has played a key role in seven of the top 10 worldwide box-office hits of all time and has contributed to 25 of the top 50. ILM has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, the company continues to break new ground in visual effects, VR, AR, and Immersive Cinema.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Lucasfilm Ent Co Ltd, LLC Payroll Svc, which is part of a business we call Industrial Light & Magic.

Lucasfilm Ent Co Ltd, LLC Payroll Svc is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. 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.

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