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Senior VFX Destruction Artist

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Senior VFX Destruction Artist in Middleton, United States

  • Activision
  • Full time
  • Senior
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  • Middleton, United States
  • 08/05/2021
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Job Title:

Senior VFX Destruction Artist

Requisition ID:

R006650

Job Description:

Job Title:            Senior VFX Destruction Artist

Reporting To:    Senior Lead Destruction Artist

Department:      Art

Location:             Madison, Wisconsin

Why Raven?

Here at Raven, we pride ourselves on our unique vision for the industry that continues to inspire us after more than 30 years.  We developed a team that cares about one another, our games, and our players.  We treat each other with respect.  We bring no egos. We focus on what is best for the game. We hire stunning peers. We own our mistakes.  As we enter the next exciting chapter of our story, we are looking for people to grow with us. If you want to work with a world-class team, on exciting new projects, then apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.

Your Mission

Your mission is to develop compelling destructible visual effects that enhance gameplay and cinematic experiences for the blockbuster Call of Duty franchise.  You are a self-sufficient, ‘fire-and-forget’ teammate who owns destruction VFX development tasks, proactively and independently solves challenges, and delivers high quality work in a timely manner.  You also have an agile and flexible mindset, and excellent and persuasive communication skills, as you will actively partner with some of the most talented and passionate developers in the industry.  Above all, we are looking for an innovative and dedicated teammate to help tell our story.

You Will…

  • Share your deep passion for destruction visual effects sequences and use your technical art knowledge to improve destructible creation pipelines and tool sets.
  • Research subject matter relating to objectives to ensure an authentic, accurate experience.
  • Be a proactive self-starter that can independently execute high-level direction.
  • Collaborate with Animators, Designers, Art, and Art Directors to create and implement believable destruction-driven visual effects for world-class player experiences.
  • Spearhead destruction visual effects R& D efforts, champion best practices, and advocate for streamlining tools and processes.
  • Work in Radiant to implement, test, and polish destruction visual effects to meet expectations.
  • Be a trusted gatekeeper for performance, efficiency, and quality.
  • Inspire and mentor others as a role model of initiative, accountability, and attitude.
  • Encourage others to thrive on open and welcome constructive criticism.
  • Contribute creative and original ideas towards all aspects of game production and development.

You Bring…

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5+ total years in the games industry developing in a VFX Artist capacity, with at least 3 shipped title in the AAA console / PC space.
  • Passionate and egoless attitude that welcomes feedback and criticism, and enjoys working in a collaborative, iterative, and agile process.
  • Highly skilled in all areas of 3D VFX principals and techniques for console hardware (Xbox, PS, PC).
  • Possesses in-depth understanding of game engines, pipelines, and processes.
  • Ability to lead by example.
  • Impressive communication and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to thrive in a challenging and often ambiguous environment.
  • Strong understanding of game VFX with ability to clearly discuss modern trends.
  • Inspiring reel and portfolio demonstrating focus and commitment to realistic destruction visual effects and process.

Extra Points:

  • Experience in a secondary area such as texturing, modeling, scripting, animation, or lighting.
  • Understanding of real-time physics system.
  • Passion for the Call of Duty franchise.
  • Strong traditional art foundation.
  • Experience creating VFX shaders.
  • Experience and comfort in Unreal and/or PopcornFX.
  • History of playing a variety of game genres both digital and physical.

About Raven

Founded in 1990, Raven Software is the developer of numerous award-winning games including Hexen, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and most recently, a major contributor to the blockbuster Call of Duty® franchise. We are based in Middleton, Wisconsin, a suburb of Madison, annually ranked on numerous lists as one of the top places to live and work.

We each bring a unique set of experiences from dozens of cultural backgrounds.  Our shared values unify our direction and decisions, helping us touch the lives of more than a billion people each day.

About Activision

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment.  We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Raven Software is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Activision

For more than 40 years, Activision has been changing the way people play.  In the process, we have built one of the largest portfolios of recognized brands and today we are one of the most valuable interactive entertainment companies in the world.

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