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Psyonix

Cinematics VFX Artist

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Psyonix
🇺🇸 San Diego, CA

About Us

Psyonix is a video game developer best known for Rocket League, the award-winning game that combines soccer, driving, and highly competitive gameplay. As part of the Epic Games family, we are an industry-leading game studio rooted in a crunch-free philosophy that emphasizes an amazing employee experience, located in the heart of San Diego. For nearly 20 years, we have been a driving force behind some of the most successful games in the industry, including Gears of War, Mass Effect 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Bulletstorm, Unreal Tournament III and Unreal Tournament 2004.

Psyonix, located in downtown San Diego, is seeking a Cinematic VFX Artist to join our Video Production team to work on Rocket League! This opportunity is ideal for a highly creative, multi-disciplined VFX artist who has a vast knowledge of effects construction, animation and cinematic implementation. A successful candidate should have an established understanding of dramatic effects while having technical aptitude with Materials and Logic. We are looking for someone with an instinctual sense of weight, timing and motion, while having an eye for cinematic and story driven visual impact, to elevate our video creative with outstanding effects for our products and games.

What You Will Do

  • Work closely with an array of teams including Video Production, Art, Audio, Design and Marketing to develop and build FX content for cinematic trailers, promotional videos, and other cinematic and video related content to grow the Rocket League games and brand.
  • Create all art needed for the visual effects, including FX concept, proto and final FX for video and cinematic related projects.
  • Learn the core approach of adapting in game assets for videos and cinematics.
  • Execute on a broad range of visual effects styles.
  • Strengthen the production value of our video and cinematic content.
  • Work closely with directors, leads and artists across multiple departments to brainstorm and pitch ideas for visual direction and style for trailers and other cinematic projects.
  • Quickly concept and communicate ideas to show to relevant stakeholders and collaborators.
  • Help to advance the visual style, themes and brand identity for all Psyonix titles.
  • Maintain a continued organized archive of scenes, shots and 3D assets for internal and external use.

What We're Looking For From You

  • Must have a strong reel/portfolio showing executed pre-rendered or real-time FX work.
  • 3+ years of experience working on titles within the game industry and/or film, television and other related entertainment/visual industries.
  • A critical eye for the timing, animation, and motion of real world objects and visual FX with an ability to bring dramatic FX to life with flair.
  • Ability to create all art needed for the FX creation.
  • Abilities in secondary areas such as modeling, skinning, animation, or lighting.
  • An excellent understanding of cinematography, timing, and visual storytelling.
  • Desire and knowledge of how to push our effects, editing tools, and pipeline further.
  • Strong knowledge in many or all FX based software including: Unreal 5 Engine art pipeline, Blender, Maya, Niagra, Houdini, Cinema 4D or other related software.
  • Strong willingness and desire to work collaboratively.
  • Experience working with multiple platforms memory limitations.
  • Some knowledge of scripting experience in Blueprint, Python, Etc.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize tasks while balancing quality and efficiency working under tight deadlines .
  • User-focused, passionate, scrappy, solutions-focused, and innovation. These traits equal success at Epic/Psyonix and influence everything we do.

Major Pluses

  • Experience with editing and post-production software such as Premiere Pro and After Effects or other related software.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in entertainment based FX/ Art or related field.
  • Understanding and knowledge of marketing.
  • Has a passion for Rocket League and video games in general.

EPIC JOB + EPIC BENEFITS = EPIC LIFE

Our intent is to cover all things that are medically necessary and improve the quality of life. We pay for 100% of the premiums for both you and your dependents. We offer coverage for Medical, Dental, Vision HRA, Long Term Disability, AD&D and Life Insurance, 401k, and profit-sharing.

All Epic employees can enjoy drinks, snacks, and lunches every day, free of charge in studios - and we offer plenty of annual celebrations for employees and family members to show the love for our people. Additionally, each year, we celebrate the Epic family with company-wide paid breaks, generous paid time off, and recognize individuals for 7 years of employment with a paid sabbatical - we think our people are pretty awesome!