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Heart Machine is a close-knit team with our studio located in Los Angeles and talented team members all across the globe.

As a team, we are all passionate and work incredibly hard, but understand the importance of work-life balance. We like to live our lives, have holidays, and remain healthy throughout a project.

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all voices are heard and respected, and folks from underrepresented groups have a place to share their passion and creativity. We believe welcoming different life perspectives is crucial to building better games, scaling our studio sustainably, and improving our understanding of one another.

Job Description

Project(s)

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You would be working on an unannounced (funded) project and contribute to future projects.

➕➕ More in the works

Role

As an Environment Artist with Heart Machine, you will work with other environment artists, designers, concept artists and directors to create compelling levels, environment assets, and striking compositions through appealing lighting.

If you're interested in collaborating with a kind, diverse and extraordinarily talented crew of people and working on the types of projects you dreamt of as a kid, please reach out to us.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the other environment artists, concept artists and directors to provide stylistically cohesive assets and scenes

  • Create final high-quality models and materials matching our visual targets

  • Work directly with level designers and peers to bring a blocked-out space to life, with an understanding of gameplay needs

  • Revise, edit, and respond to feedback from directors to meet story and style goals

  • Manage time efficiently and work collaboratively

Qualifications

Technical Skills

  • Expert in Maya (or comparable modeling software)

  • Unreal Engine experience required - comfortable with material editor, lighting, post-processing, and typical pipeline best practices

  • Proficient with Zbrush (or comparable sculpting software)

  • Substance or comparable industry standard packages for material authoring

  • Strong understanding of current-gen techniques for creating foliage, architecture, vista assets, materials, and skyboxes

  • Experience with modular building techniques and best-practices

  • Strong understanding of lighting, form, composition, and value structure

  • Highly organized, staying up to date on documentation, file structure, and project pipeline needs

What will set you apart

  • Interest as a generalist, demonstrating skills in environmental VFX, materials, and particularly lighting

  • Examples of appealing stylized artwork

  • Great communication skills and a collaborative mindset

  • Capable of giving and receiving constructive feedback

  • Capable of working independently, keeping on-task and motivated

  • At least 1 shipped title

  • Appreciation for Heart Machine IP and understanding of the studio’s aesthetic pillars

  • Excited and able to work with an agile and flexible team

Additional Information

Salary

In the United States, the standard base pay range for this role we have estimated is $80k - $110k Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

Benefits

  • Competitive pay through bonus structures

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage

  • 401k

  • Flex PTO policy and 10 Federal holidays annually

  • Paid parental leave

Location

Flexibility Work remotely or from the studio or Hybrid

Full Time with Flexible Hours

Most staff maintain hours around 9a-6p PST. So long as you get the work done and are there for the meetings you are needed in, we trust you to manage your own time however makes sense to you.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTION

Along with your portfolio + resume, please include a link to one sample that exemplifies your experience specifically with environmental lighting in your cover letter / message to us.