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Senior Technical Lighting Artist

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PlayStation
🌎 Remote (Canada)

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Senior Technical Lighting Artist

Remote, Canada

PlayStation Studios Visual Arts (PSSVA) on our San Diego campus provides world-class content, development, and services to PlayStation Studios. Our team is always at the cutting edge of technology and partners with the industry’s best minds and companies

We are looking for a hardworking, and creative Technical Lighting Artist for our next chapter of cinematic storytelling. Become a part of the Visual Arts Group, and work with a multi-award-winning team responsible for the cinematic performances in outstanding Sony PlayStation franchises like Uncharted, The Last of Us, Killzone, and other iconic series.

Responsibilities:

  • Implement and manage new features in lighting tools/scripts within a proprietary pipeline across multiple projects based on collaboration with artists, programming, and management.
  • Translate artist workflows and requests to the programming team, while maintaining a macro view of the pipeline to retain consistent workflows.
  • Help identify potential optimizations and work with the programming team to implement.
  • Monitor and oversee lighting tool functionality and interactivity with Perforce and proprietary asset tracking with the goal of increasing efficiency and uptime for our lighting artists.
  • Work with engineering for tuning farm performance. Troubleshoot build/bake time variations due to load and network issues.
  • Technical troubleshooting to mitigate artist downtime due to technical issues.
  • Identify issues and find solutions within the framework of existing technical limitations and dependencies.
  • Be a repository for pipeline info and technical growth.
  • In partnership with Department Head and Leads, develop training and on-boarding plans for department personnel
  • General tech support and troubleshooting for lighting artists.
  • Point of contact when issues arise to allow for overall view of state of the lighting pipeline and offer a focused and timely response.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience working within a complex production environment.
  • Proven ability to create tools within a propriety pipeline.
  • Thorough knowledge of rendering pipelines both software based and real-time.
  • Thorough knowledge of PBR workflows.
  • Ability to understand complex technical issues and communicate them to your peers.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage your own time and work within deadlines.
  • Experience with a variety of programming and scripting languages including python and C++, Python and C++
  • Knowledge of shading languages (HLSL, GLSL or others).
  • Experience with Unreal.
  • Knowledge of compositing and color tools.
  • Understanding of common game lighting models (runtime, spherical harmonics, lightmap baking)

Pluses:

  • Unreal 5 engine experience.
  • Experience with C#

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.