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Senior VFX Artist

Sphere Entertainment Co. (NYSE: SPHR) is a premier live entertainment and media company. The Company includes Sphere, a next-generation entertainment medium powered by cutting-edge technologies to redefine the future of entertainment. The first Sphere venue in Las Vegas opened in September 2023. In addition, the Company includes MSG Networks, which operates two regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network and MSG Sportsnet, as well as a direct-to-consumer and authenticated streaming product, MSG+, delivering a wide range of live sports content and other programming. More information is available at sphereentertainmentco.com.

Who are we hiring?

As a Senior VFX Art Specialist at Sphere Studios you develop entertainment that’s equal 
parts video game, amusement park ride, and spectacle. Your target platform is The Sphere – a 
massive 16K 4D theater with beam-formed audio – and the mobile phones of our guestsYou build 
from specifications and team objectives and iterate to eventual production-quality deliverables. You’re part of a veteran cross-functional team, learning from each other every day. As an ideal candidate you bring a solid artistic foundation in 3D art and a broad range of skills including gameplay, props and real-time and standard production art pipelines. You have a passion for gaming and can create immersive, exciting work. 


What will you do?

  • Create photo-real particle systems for game environment.
  • Work closely with the Creative Director and others to maintain stunning visual style and quality to bring levels and features to life 
  • Design and simulate realistic fire, smoke, explosions, debris, clouds, energy, etc. that meet all technical and aesthetic standards for the project 
  • Author real-time particle effects for the destruction of buildings, vehicles, natural environments, and everything in between 
  • Set dress levels with ambient atmospheric effects that produce spectacular photo-realistic game moments 
  • Create textures and/or meshes to use in particle effects with various 2D and 3D applications including flipbooks 
  • Ensure industry leading quality and artistic fidelity for photo-real effects 
  • Promote and enforce structure, such as naming conventions and documentation 
  • Provide in-depth research, reference material, and develop conceptual ideas from scratch 
  • This role is part of a production artist group exploring and developing a unique language for Sphere, in collaboration with a creative development team 
  • Must be passionate for games 

What do you need to succeed?

  • Minimum of 4 years in full-cycle AAA game development or equivalent film/tv experience
  • Highly proficient with the Unreal Engine including Niagara and the material editor 
  • Ability to simulate realistic fire, smoke, explosions, debris, clouds, etc. that meet all technical and aesthetic standards for the project 
  • Passion for fluid dynamics pushing fidelity and refining techniques as technology changes 
  • Excellent texture and flipbook creation skills 
  • Aware of memory and technical constraints while working, and can balance visual quality with performance 

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with simulation and VFX software like FumeFX, Houdini, Embergen, Fluid Ninja, Maya, Max, etc. 
  • Demonstrate a strong eye for timing, weight, realism, color, volume, energy, and other particle aesthetics 
  • Strong collaborative skills and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to act effectively in a dynamic development environment 
  • Capable of working on own initiative, identify problems and offer practical solutions 
  • Ability to interpret and transform abstract ideas and concepts into compelling work 
  • Modeling and animation experience 

Special Requirements

  • Cover Letter (optional)
  • Portfolio demonstrating relevant skills. 
  • Only digital artwork submissions such a website, blog, or online album will be accepted.

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Pay Range
$96,000$160,000 USD

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