Senior VFX Artist

Who We Are

Second Dinner is an award-winning independent game development studio that is here to make the most fun games in the world. Not super fun games. Not SUPER DUPER fun games. We mean the MOST fun games. In fact, our game MARVEL SNAP has earned multiple Mobile Game of the Year Awards (Game Awards, DICE), Best Strategy Game (IGN), and the Apple Design Award for Innovation!


Second Dinner is a remote-first studio, so while we are headquartered in Irvine, California, most of our team is fully remote across the United States. We want the most talented teammates wherever they call home. A diverse team with varied perspectives makes us a better company and will help us make better games. If you can bring something new to the table and expand our point of view, that’s a huge upside. 


Our Art Team

The Art Team drives the visual direction of our games and creates a cohesive and consistent experience. We strive to create the highest quality art and we’re always looking for ways to raise the bar! It’s our job as Game Artisans to create, refine, iterate, and help make our games look amazing! We partner with every part of the studio: design, engineering, production, data, product management, marketing, and sound to make the most fun and visually engaging experiences possible for our players!


Your Role

Second Dinner, a leading game studio, is seeking a Senior VFX Artist to join our team! Your primary responsibility will be to craft impactful, stylized real-time VFX assets for Marvel characters, Marvel locations, and a variety of user interface elements. As a Senior VFX Artist, you will collaborate with our design, art, and programming teams to create and implement stunning visual effects for Marvel SNAP!


What You’ll Do:

  • Create high quality, stylized real-time VFX assets for cards, locations, and UI elements

  • Partner with designers, engineers, and other artists to manage gameplay as well as the style and tone of the Marvel Universe

  • Create incredible visuals while maintaining optimal game performance

  • Use proprietary VFX tools and give feedback to improve tools and workflows

  • Collaborate with the design, art, and programming teams to conceptualize, create, and implement visual effects to ensure the overall artistic vision is achieved

  • Lead and mentor junior VFX artists, providing guidance and support throughout the production process

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest VFX techniques, tools, and trends, and incorporate them into the development process where applicable


What You’ll Need:

  • Advanced professional experience as a VFX artist in the gaming industry

  • Strong understanding of the game development process and how VFX fits into the overall game design

  • Strong understanding of VFX timing and flow

  • Excellent working knowledge of Unity, Photoshop, and Blender (or equivalent applications)

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal with cross-functional teams

  • Ability to model and UV


Nice to Have, But Not Necessary:

  • Experience working on card games

  • Experience working on live service games

  • Experience working on mobile games

  • Experience working with Houdini

  • Programming experience


The total compensation for this position includes a new hire offer base salary range of $120,000 – $190,000 USD + equity + comprehensive benefits + potential for discretionary performance bonuses.


Individual pay within this salary range may span multiple levels within the discipline and is determined by assessed job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training. It also factors in market demands and business needs. The disclosed range is not adjusted based on location and may be subject to change or modification based on business needs in the future. Your recruiter can answer any questions about new hire total compensation during the hiring process.


An overview of the benefits and perks at Second Dinner:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance plans with Second Dinner paying 100% of premiums for employees and 75% for dependents for many plans

  • 401(k) contribution with no waiting period

  • 16 weeks paid parental leave with no waiting period

  • Home office improvement bonus

  • Paid Vacation & Sick time

  • Company Winter Holiday shutdown (Dec 25-Jan 1)

  • Company Summer Holiday shutdown (week of July 4)

  • Company Events – In-person Summer all-hands gathering, in-person holiday party, annual camping event, and virtual events throughout the year


We are an equal opportunity employer that places high value on diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, disability status, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military status, or veteran status.


You must be eligible to work in the United States to be considered for this position.

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