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Electronic Arts

(Closed) Associate Lighting Director

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Electronic Arts
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Lighters add the lighting to games that creates atmosphere and adds realism, tone, and depth to a scene. Through the use of your craft, Lighters create visually balancing individual elements that ensure game artists to produce a convincing image or environment. You need to use technical skill and your aesthetics to create images that not only look good but are easy to render.

Lighters make sure there is consistency in lighting, color balance, and mood between the elements of a shot or scene in the game. You ensure the CG looks photo realistic. Lighters emphasize drama or narrative, and also establish and clarify location, weather, time of day, etc. Lighters will respect and follow an established design theme for a sequence or project. You can refer to the relevant production designs and apply that visual style as faithfully as possible, taking care to maintain continuity throughout the scene and game.

What skills does EA look for?

Lighters will have a background that combines art and math. You typically have a degree in Computer Graphics, Computer Science, an Art-related subject such as Photography or Computer Animation, Math, or Physics. You will also have solid experience in at least one of the 3D packages in use by the industry. These include Maya, Houdini, V-Ray and 3D Studio Max. A familiarity with other relevant program is also a plus.

Lighters at EA are asked to have solid artistic skills, including an understanding of color theory, composition, light, and form. You have experience with a 3D CG package (e.g., Maya, Arnold, Redshift), demonstrating a solid understanding of rendering, lighting, shading networks, polygonal modeling, and texture UV's. Lighters should also understand the characteristics of light and how it is simulated in a CG environment; you can work from reference materials, identifying and translating essential lighting details into applicable information; and you can light moderate to complex interior and exterior scenes. Experience with film, photography, or theater lighting is a plus.

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