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Lighting Lead

Blackbird Interactive

Blackbird Interactive is a creative-fueled, future-driven, independent game studio where the best talent in the industry can find long-term careers to help grow their abilities while working on a wide range of projects, which encompass world-class IPs as well as our own creations across multiple genres.

In 2022, we announced that our studio is implementing a four-day work week as well as supporting in-studio, remote, and hybrid work arrangements as permanent options to our employees.

Blackbird Interactive is looking for a Lighting Lead to join our Cinematics team!

The Lighting Lead will have the ability to take creative direction to set the mood and look for animated sequences while also creating stable and efficient lighting rigs and compositing templates that can handle fast iterations. The ideal candidate will also be able to bring the look of animated sequences from concept to reality and set the lighting team up for success. You will also be expected to play a role in solving technical problems through collaboration with the CG Supervisor while at the same time making sure that Cinematics is achieving the overall look and aesthetic required from Design/Concept and Directors.


    • Help push the quality level of Lighting within the Cinematics department
    • Make recommendations and implement pipeline improvements for Lighting 
    • Coach and guide the team of Lighting Artists to achieve quality performance
    • Participate in all relevant meetings to promote effective communication throughout the production team


    • 5+ year’s production experience with experience in a leadership role on a VFX film or CG animated project
    • Strong working knowledge of various software platforms including Maya, Katana, Nuke, or any other high end CG or compositing software
    • Strong communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal)
    • Familiarity with animation pipelines and pipeline issues
    • Highly proficient skills in technical problem solving

    • A demo reel or portfolio that demonstrates:
    • Experience in sequence lighting, compositing and rendering with modern renderers
    • Relevant understanding of color theory, composition, lighting, aesthetics and how these apply to lighting and rendering in 3D
    • Look development and Shader assembly with a good fundamental understanding of its effects and performance in rendering pipelines
    • Ability to plan and execute complex 3D lighting scenes including working with layers and passes, doing complex comps and optimizing scenes and renders with both Custom AOV and Light Path Expressions


    • Strong working knowledge of Python for both Maya and Nuke is a Plus.
    • Photography experience a plus (understanding of composition, photography terms like depth of field, FOV, aperture, exposure, dynamic range).
Vacation & Extras

+ 4-day, 32-hour work week for all full-time staff
+ Mentorship program
+ Skunkworks internal game jam program
+ 4 weeks paid vacation per year
+ 11 paid stat holidays 
+ 3 paid days per year for professional development
+ December holiday studio closure (extra paid time off!)
+ Comprehensive health/dental benefits from day 1
+ Life insurance
+ $300 Healthcare Spending Account per annum
+ RRSP matching up to $1500
+ Profit-sharing bonus program

If applying for an artistic role, please provide a link to your portfolio and/or demo reel.

Any questions about the role and/or accessibility requests can be sent to:

Unfortunately, we cannot reply to everyone. Only successful applicants will be contacted about the next steps. Thank you for your understanding.

If you are interested in the role, please apply even if your experience and skills don’t perfectly match our ideal credentials. We are committed to inclusion and especially encourage members of historically marginalized communities to apply. As an equal opportunity employer we encourage applications from all qualified individuals. BBI does not discriminate against applicants based on gender, race, national and ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital and family status, and/or mental or physical disabilities.

Blackbird Interactive is privileged to be developing our projects on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ /Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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Location: Hybrid – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date found: 2022-11-05

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