Added by on 2015-05-07

Nether Realm Studios Recruiting Senior Technical Artist, Art Lead, Characters, Senior Designer, Senior Cinematics Artist, Senior UI Artist & Technical Artist

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Senior Technical Artist

Description

SUMMARY OF POSITION

The creative team that brought the Mortal Kombat franchise to life is now NetherRealm Studios, part of the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment family. With over 20 years of creation under our belts, NetherRealm’s mission remains the same; to create cutting edge entertainment and deliver industry leading tech, game art and overall gaming experiences.
NetherRealm Studios is a collaborative and creative environment, constantly striving to up the ante on what is possible in interactive entertainment. We encompass the best of both worlds – a team of dedicated professionals with years of experience, who are also at the forefront of an industry taking over the entertainment landscape. The passion and energy that made Mortal Kombat a reality is still on display every day in our offices, our hallways and most definitely the studio’s arcade room!
NetherRealm studios is seeking a passionate problem-solver to drive and evangelize creative, cutting-edge tools and pipelines. A senior technical artist at NetherRealm studios is a driving force in recognizing innovative trends and tools, finding creative solutions to complicated problems, defining and constantly improving pipelines, and empowering artists with tools and techniques to push the boundaries of what is possible.
Whether it is R&D towards overall visual improvements, new ways to rig or animate, cutting-edge shader research, or new hair and cloth techniques, the senior technical artist will have an understanding and a constant passion for learning and evangelizing ways of making the impossible possible.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Proactively seeking and implementing new techniques, scripts, and tools to give content creators the best possible pipeline to deliver world-class video game art.
Preparing assets and pipelines for game systems that support content creators in creating best in class assets for the game.
Working with discipline leads, directors, and production to identify and evangelize ways to refine or even redefine the way we create assets for games.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

BA in art or related field or equivalent experience.
5+ years experience in the industry.
At least one published AAA game.
Fluent knowledge of Maya, with a core understanding of the inner workings of the tool.
Excellent knowledge and experience with common scripting languages such as MEL script and Python.
A good understanding and working comfort in a variety of software packages such as Maya, Max, Motion Builder, and Z-Brush.
Able to grasp and enjoy highly technical work. Key areas of interest and experience will include shaders, especially PBR shading models, as well as complex rigging and animation problems.

Experience with cloth, hair, facial animation or other specialized areas of technical art is highly desirable.
Solid experience and understanding of art and animation pipelines, including character and environment set up and creation.
Strong understanding of methods of optimizing game art assets for game engines.
Strong understanding of modern rendering techniques.
Able to learn new packages and proprietary tools – a passion for learning and new techniques.
Enjoys collaboration, both internally to the disciple as well as with team members across the studio. Experience working with external partners a plus.
Excellent communication skills, especially in terms of communicating and evangelizing complex technical issues in a way that anyone can understand, regardless of experience.

The Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran’s status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

Apply here:- http://www.netherrealm.com/
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Art Lead, Characters

Description

SUMMARY OF POSITION

WB Games Inc. seeks an Art Lead. Characters for the WBG NetherRealm Development department. NetherRealm Studios seeks a Lead Artist responsible for ensuring the character team delivers best-in-class models that push artistic, creative, and technical innovation. This person will manage a group of highly skilled character artists, as well as work closely with the other Art Leads and Studio Art Director to help drive cohesive character art direction, and ensure the highest aesthetic quality across all NetherRealm’s titles. The character lead should be passionate about evangelizing the overall vision to the team, and possess a constant drive to explore and advocate for new technologies and techniques.
Work with the Art and Creative director to maintain and drive the artistic vision across all projects and platforms.
Ensure all character assets are created to the highest possible standards and quality. Constantly push innovation to drive improvement.
Work with the Character Art Team to make sure that all of their needs are represented to the rest of the studio, and any impeding roadblocks are identified and removed. The character lead will see the team’s happiness and growth as an absolute priority, and supporting them should be second nature.
Work closely with the Production Team to ensure that the game meets expected milestone dates, marketing requests, and press builds in a timely and stress-free fashion.
Work with the studio’s technical groups as an evangelist for new features and tools, and to ensure the character assets maintain proper technical and budgetary requirements.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Guide and mentor the character team ensure the highest standards, as well as consistent quality, feedback, and direction for all work.
Work with other leads and directors to identify issues, advocate for character team needs, and help lead the game’s vision to fruition.
Manages Review and Feedback for character related outsourcing efforts. Train and guide outsourcers to continuously push their technical and artistic abilities in terms of the character team’s support needs.
Project-specific research and development focused on new technology, tools, or pipeline improvements.
Work with production to maintain up-to-date documentation and tracking via schedules.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Preferred 4-year 2D/3D art degree with excellent fundamental art skills such as lighting, composition, scale, and color, as well as critique skills.
At least 7 years of industry experience, and 2 shipped titles on the Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, or PS4.
Art Lead/Team Manager experience on at least one completed game title or equivalent management experience.
Strong knowledge of all technical aspects of asset creation, including high resolution and in-game modeling, rigging, cloth, and a full understanding of shaders and lighting models.
Have a strong interest in learning future technologies as they relate to game and film digital character creation. Should be able to inform and excite the studio about new avenues to explore.
Expertise with Maya, Z-brush/Mudbox, and Photoshop a must.
Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. The lead needs to have a personality that is great to work with, but also the forthrightness to directly communicate with others and the confidence to discuss and defend the character’s vision.
Experience in dealing with Art content outsourcing, and a desire to grow outsourcers into partners on projects.
Knowledge of Unreal Editor 3 is a big plus.
A strong, inherent sense of vision not only for each individual character, but also how all characters in the game inter-relate and fit the game’s vision. The lead should have the passion to create amazing characters in all styles without pushing for a specific preferred aesthetic vision.
A knowledge and interest of all aspects of video game content creation. The lead will work with talented experts in all disciplines, and will know how to create characters to ensure everyone’s work will shine and meet the game’s vision.
Calmness under pressure or within deadlines, and the desire to keep the team stress-free through any circumstances.
The ability to work closely with concept artists and writers to help translate a character into an incredible on-screen presence. The ability to identify technical risks at the concept stage, with a desire to find innovative solutions for great ideas..
A strong interest in video games is foundational. A desire to explore all games across all genres to continuously explore what is cutting-edge and aesthetically great.

The Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran’s status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

Apply here:- http://www.netherrealm.com/
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Senior Designer

Description

SUMMARY OF POSITION

Netherrealm Studios, a division of Warner Bros. Games seeks an experienced Senior Designer to join us in the rapidly expanding mobile gaming industry. The mobile team at Netherrealm specializes in creating AAA quality mobile games such as Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham Origins.

Qualified candidates for this position have experience in digital game development and work well in a small, agile teams. Knowledge and passion for mobile games is required. Core areas of expertise include game systems, game economy, and free-to-play mechanics.Insert summary of position

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Designing & balancing of player progression.
Designing, balancing, and live maintenance of a free-to-play game economy.
Development of live events post-launch.
Research player behavior and propose new features/events/live updates based on the players & community.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

3+ years of experience as a game designer.
1+ years of experience in mobile game development.
Shipped at least 1 high quality free-to-play project.
Experience in running live game events post-launch.
Competence in free-to-play practices & concepts such as A/B Testing, User Retention, and Monetization.
Be an avid and competitive mobile gamer.
Experience with Unreal (console or mobile) a plus but not required.
Must work daily with other designers and communicate effectively.
Must be collaborative on tasks and accept input/criticism productively.
Must be highly proactive in finishing out tasks

The Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran’s status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

Apply here:- http://www.netherrealm.com/
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Senior Cinematics Artist

Description

Netherrealm Studios, a division of WB Games Inc., is looking for an exceptionally skilled artist to help create high quality environments and assets with a strong understanding of player space, composition, functionality, and performance optimization.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Using industry standard 3D packages as well as proprietary team tools, to create art assets. These assets could include any skeletal models, along with weapons, props, custom materials and shaders for PFX, as well as constructing custom environments.
Light spaces and characters using proprietary lighting tools based off approved concept art.
Ensure that the high-quality bar established by the Art Director and Lead Artist is maintained by themselves and others.
Review outsourced assets to ensure they fit the necessary requirements and are hitting the quality bar necessary.
Participates in departmental meetings to share personal ideas and help define the look and feel of cinematic assets.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

At Least a 2-year 2D/3D art degree, architecture degree, or equivalent.
BFA is preferred.
Five or more years of art and design experience on previous video game development teams.
Involved in production on at least 2 titles that have been previously released.
Previous experience with a cinematic pipeline a plus, but not required.
In-depth knowledge of lighting, value, composition, color and attention to detail in environmental design.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines.
Strong interest in computer or video games.
Must be proficient in one or more types of 3D software (Maya, 3D Studio Max, SoftImage). Maya is preferred, and a working knowledge of Maya is mandatory.
Experience with optimized game modeling.
Experience with high polygon sculpting in ZBrush or Mudbox.
Strong 2D digital painting and/or drawing skills in Photoshop.
Strong UV layout skills.
Experience with modern real-time 3d engines is a plus, Unreal is preferred.
Strong understanding and ability to construct material shaders ranging from simple to complex.
Some rigging experience would be necessary.
Familiar with a cinematics production pipeline.
Additional art skills are preferred: fine arts skills, including drawing and painting; traditional sculpting; strong figure drawing skills that demonstrate a deep understanding of human anatomy and proportion, camera editing and/or cinematography background.
Receptive to direction and perform well within a team environment.

The Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran’s status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

Apply here:- http://www.netherrealm.com/
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Senior UI Artist

Description

SUMMARY OF POSITION

The WB Games development studio in Chicago currently has an opening for a Senior Artist, UI. The Senior Artist works with a variety of team members to help design, create, implement and optimize UI assets for Console and/or Mobile game titles. They are responsible for maintaining high visual fidelity, competitive aesthetics, logical menu flow, and presenting game information in a clear and understandable manner. The Senior UI artist must work with industry standard and our own proprietary tool set to ensure a high level of fit and finish to all UI elements. A strong understanding of UI/UX principles is a must. Working with Art Directors, Producers and Game designers, the Senior Artist will help design and shape the visual and functional aspects of the game’s interface needs. This may also include UI workflow optimizations and developing new techniques for visual display and information presentation.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Design and create UI components – menus, stats and inventory screens, in-game HUD elements, etc.
Assist the UI programmer in the implementation of UI components.
Collaborate and communicate with art directors, game designers, producers & programmers in the creation and implementation of the game UI.
Contribute to the design of UI tools and processes.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Degree in Motion Graphics, Graphic Design, Industrial Design or equivalent work experience as a User Interface artist.
3 – 6 years console, PC or online gaming industry experience.
Strong knowledge of UI/UX design and the ability to generate design ideas.
Previous experience with mobile and/or console gaming.
Extensive experience with 3D and 2D art tools and authoring tools like Flash and Photoshop.
Strong interpersonal and team skills.
Strong traditional art skills a bonus.
Ability to work well in a team environment and redo/iterate work until it’s right.

The Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran’s status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

Apply here:- http://www.netherrealm.com/
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Technical Artist

Description

SUMMARY OF POSITION

Netherrealm Studios, a division of WB Games Inc., seeks a skilled Technical World Artist who will drive the creation ofscripts/tools that empower artists to deliver cutting edge visuals. This person will work closely with Senior World Artists, Lead Environment Artist and the Kore Engineering Team to improve existing pipelines and implement innovative solutions for complex technical requirements. This person will be well versed in the game engine and content creation tools.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Using industry standard 3D packages (Maya, Max, Zbrush, Substance Suite) as well as Python scripting, create powerful scripts/tools that give content creators the best possible pipeline to deliver world-class video game art.
Utilize Kismet/Blueprint and Cinema Tools to implement NPC crowds, stage elements, and scripted events that breathe life into game environments.
Prepare and construct rigs/weighting for NPC’s and other environmental dynamic objects.
Problem solve and determine out-of-the-box solutions for complex technical requirements.
To ensure that the high-quality bar established in the art direction is maintained and the levels run at defined frame-rates.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

BA in art or related field or equivalent experience.
At least 1 year of experience in the industry.
At least 1 published AAA game.
Experience with the Unreal Engine or Unity Engine.
Strong understanding of Python and Mel script.
Knowledge of Maya with a core understanding of the inner workings of the tool.
Good understanding of scripting inside the Unreal engine with Kismet and or Blueprint.
Understanding of Physically Based Rendering (PBR) art pipelines for XboxOne, PS4, and PC.
Solid understanding of shaders and material expressions.
Experience dealing with rigs and weighting.
Understanding of animation pipelines, including character and environment setups.
Knowledge of profiling tools to determine performance issues.
Excellent communication skills.
Solid organization skills with adherence to file structures, naming conventions and other established protocols.
Excellent ability to self-manage and meet deadlines.
Must be able to work well within a team. Willingness to provide and accept direction, and the ability to embrace change. Ability to collaborate productively with others.
Must be able to buy into the established art vision of the game and ensure this is delivered in its entirety at the end of the project.
Must have an active, passionate interest in current video games to help drive the game to the next level.
Portfolio/website demonstrating technical artistic ability that includes tools/scripts.

The Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran’s status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

Apply here:- http://www.netherrealm.com/
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