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Art Director - Game Team

Santa Monica, Los Angeles Interactive
At Skydance Interactive, we believe in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in interactive entertainment. Innovation in game design, technology and storytelling is the passion that drives our agile studio of dedicated and talented game creators. Collaboration across all disciplines is vital to our success and is at the core of the inclusive culture we strive to foster every day.
We empower our employees to take ownership of the features they develop and create their own solutions when challenges arise. As our studio grows, we want to bring even more risk-takers, innovators and diverse voices along for the ride as we continue to create the games that will defy convention and define the future of the medium.
Our studio was founded in 2008 by several Treyarch veterans as The Workshop. For eight years, we built our reputation in the AAA console space working on hit titles such as Gears of War, XCom 2, Sorcery and The Evil Within.
In 2016, we joined forces with Skydance Media to form Skydance Interactive and set our sights on becoming the premiere studio in the burgeoning arena of Virtual Reality. Following the success of our first VR title Archangel, we elevated our ambition and tackled The Walking Dead universe in VR. The result was the 2018 genre-defining hit The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners.
Skydance Interactive is seeking an extraordinary Art Director to join our creative team based in Santa Monica, California or remote in either California, Washington, or Texas.
This individual will be the creative and motivational foundation of the Art team, will have passion and a proven track record of leading the visual direction on story-driven AAA games.   You will be responsible for shipping an established project and developing the visual style for our next high-end VR game.
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Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Design Director and Stakeholders to define and set a high-quality bar for the artistic vision of the project 
  • Effectively communicate the defined vision to the team through research, concept art, whiteboard sketches, and discussion
  • Ensure all visual aspects of the game (environments, characters, animation, maps, lighting, FX, and UI) are stylistically aligned
  • Engage with the Leads, and Producers to establish – pipelines and develop milestones for the art team
  • Advocate for positive work environment that encourages camaraderie, learning, sharing, and expansion of artistic skill sets
  • Motivate, mentor and coach artists for career progression 
  • Build top talent teams and review and recruit new artists
  • Requirements

  • Experience in art leadership for major console or PC releases
  • Game development experience in a senior artistic role
  • Strong documentation and communication skills
  • Identify risks early, and supply creative solutions to complex game development problems
  • In-depth knowledge of 2D and 3D applications such as Photoshop, Maya, Zbrush, Substance
  • Maintain clear lines communication between the creative director, producers, and the art team
  • Pluses

  • Experience working in Unreal Engine or other comparable game engines
  • In-depth understanding of the game development process and pipelines
  • How to Apply

  • Resume with a cover letter (recommended)
  • Portfolio or demo reel demonstrating personal contribution with a breakdown of relevant artistic skills to this role.  (Examples: artistic direction; concepts, style-sheets, paintovers etc.)
  • Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
     
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