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Senior Lighting & Look Dev Artist


Job Description

Senior Lighting technical directors are responsible for creating high-quality CG lighting setups and rendering of complex visual effects scenes. Further on you will be responsible to provide look development of CG assets for the high-end photo-realistic VFX films by collaborating with the modelling, texture and FX departments.


  • Creating lighting setup for shots and asset development
  • Look development of assets as briefed by the Visual Effects/CG Supervisor or Lead
  • Working closely with CG Supervisors to determine the best approach to solving CG challenges and developing the final look
  • Developing shots in collaboration with the shot Compositor
  • Ensuring that scenes and assets are build in an efficient way to keep render footprint low
  • Scrutinising the colors and materials of the real-world reference and replicating them in CG
  • Staying on schedule and meeting set deadlines while maintaining the highest levels of quality
  • Ongoing communication with Production and leads regarding schedules and deadlines
  • Other duties as required including wrangling assets or elements of a asset/shot from another department to ensure shots are completed to schedule

Essential Skills

  • Previous experience in lighting and look development
  • A good understanding of color space and grading
  • A strong knowledge of physically based lighting and shading techniques
  • A good knowledge of Nuke or similar compositing package
  • Excellent organisation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Creative problem solving and attention to detail
  • Able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines while maintaining high quality results
  • Able to work successfully as part of a team as well as independently
  • A thorough knowledge of Maya
  • Extensive knowledge of Arnold or similar production renderer
  • A strong understanding of Linux/Unix based operating systems
  • Possess and understanding of the techniques of digital cinematic lighting with regards to story, mood, character, framing, colour, light and shadow.

Additional Preferred skills

  • Experience with digital paint software such as Photoshop and/or Mari
  • Experience with real-world lighting and photography
  • Basic knowledge of Python and/or Mel scripting
  • Good knowledge of other disciplines within VFX including simulation, Modeling and UV mapping, Texturing and Camera Tracking
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