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Ascendant Studios

Senior VFX Artist

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Ascendant Studios
🌎 Remote (USA)

Ascendant Studios is in search of a Senior VFX Artist to help develop industry leading visual effects for our brand new IP. Our ideal applicant will have a wealth of experience creating top tier effects. Previous experience with UE4 a big plus.

This is a full time position. We are all currently working remotely due to Covid-19, but once we return the position may either be based in our office in San Rafael, CA, or remain fully remote.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create visual effects that communicate the visual pillars of the game.
  • A critical eye and strong understanding of the FX systems and real-time engine performance
  • Find effective solutions to solve difficult problems in production.
  • Implement creative optimization solutions without sacrificing visual quality.
  • Using cutting-edge effects techniques, create all types of photorealistic, high quality effects for environments and dynamic systems. Create new effect textures from scratch and, where possible, improve on existing ones.
  • Concept, prototype, present new effects, dynamic environments, objects; partner with internal teams (artists, animators, designers, and engineers) to ensure visual quality bar is met.


  • 5+ years of professional experience as a VFX artist in the video game industry
  • Advanced skills in 3D/2D Software - Maya, 3DS Max, Photoshop
  • Experience creating high-quality “AAA” real-time VFX and understanding of modern-day real-time FX systems, engines and technology
  • High proficiency in VFX development, including fundamentals like timing, shape language, color theory

Good to Have

  • Shipped at least one recent AAA title as a VFX Artist.
  • Experience with Houdini in a production environment.
  • Experience in Unreal Engine Cascade and Materials.
  • Experience working in several game development tools, pipelines, and game engines