Visual Effects (VFX) Artist

Velan Studios
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Posted
July 22, 2022
Full Time
United States
Remote

We are Velan Studios, an independent game developer with a passion for the unconventional. We make innovative games in a variety of genres with accessibility and depth to delight our audiences, no matter who they are. We believe in maintaining a creative, collaborative, and diverse team environment at our studio, and we are looking for passionate and capable people to join our team of experienced AAA console developers.

We are looking for skilled, passionate visual artists to join our team. If you’re brimming with passion and curiosity and ready to create the best work of your career, we’d love to hear from you!

Responsibilities

  • Craft and create a wide range of VFX for original and existing IP game properties.
  • Work closely with the Art Director and other key team leaders to help define and build out the VFX look and style for our projects.
  • Collaborate with the design and art teams to develop high-quality assets that reinforce the gameplay goals of our projects.
  • Be proactive in problem-solving and cross-discipline brainstorming throughout project production cycles.
  • Contribute to peer reviews, troubleshoot, problem solve, and give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Bring a strong understanding of modern artistic toolsets and typical AAA game engine experience.

Requirements

  • 5+ years of game industry experience on console, mobile, handheld and/or PC platforms preferred.
  • Degree or equivalent experience in Digital Media Design, Game Design, Illustration, or related field is desired.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in VFX.
  • Strong portfolio of shipped games (mobile, console, PC) or other website or software products.
  • Excellent technical art understanding in order to better work with our engineering team, as well as to better work within the limits of various hardware platforms.
  • Strong organizational skills with adherence to optimization and asset management.
  • Passion for making and playing great games, with an awareness of current titles and industry trends.
  • Self-direction, passion, and creativity in your work.
  • A receptiveness to feedback and the ability to act successfully on direct critique.


Big Plusses

  • Experience or skill in one or more additional disciplines (e.g. Concepting, Animation, User Interface, Lighting, Design, etc.)
  • Technical expertise with standard industry toolsets and/or experience with scripting languages.
  • Have a working knowledge of Popcorn.
  • Ability to create from your own ideas, not just from pre-existing concept art.
  • Leadership and/or mentoring experience.

*This role can be on-site in our offices in Troy, NY or open to remote within the United States for the right candidate.

About 
Velan Studios

Velan Studios is a small team going after multiple, bold creative new ideas. Many of us have done the large, AAA development thing for decades. But we think with a seasoned and scrappy team, we can do things differently – so every member of the team has a creative voice.


Working Better, Together

We are building an environment conducive to delivering our best work. Our office is a community that works and plays together.

  • Unconventionally World Class. We embrace the unexpected. We create breakthrough games by building on our expertise and challenging conventions. We are scrappy: solving problems and inventing new experiences in audacious new ways. These unconventional approaches lead to unexpected discoveries.
  • Stay Curious. Curiosity drives us and our experiences. We find energy in new ideas and approaches. We use technology and design to bring new experiences to the gaming community. We cultivate an environment that encourages experimentation and rigor. We relentlessly pursue the MAGIC.
  • Respect and Responsibility. We are passionate about being an inclusive community of unique individuals. We believe in prioritizing and respecting the player. Our players’ time is valuable and we are honored that they choose to spend part of it with us. We respect the members of our team and know that they will make the right choices with our players in mind at every level.
  • Community of Makers and Players. We are stronger together than the sum of our parts: we value people and perspectives. Community is a way to get things done. We seek to engage our community wherever we can in building great games. It is a springboard for innovation. It is a well of talent and a means to finding new game experiences.

A Great Place to Work and Live

Velan Studios is located in the beautiful Capital Region of Upstate New York, which includes Albany and Troy. The Capital Region is a growing tech & creative hub with a thriving video game development scene. Our offices are located in Troy’s historic downtown, which is comprised of renovated historic buildings full of new energy. The region boasts beautiful architecture, great museums, and amazing history. It’s also a very affordable city, with great events, hip nightlife and is accessible to a variety of outdoor adventures, making it a perfect spot to live.

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