Visual Effects Artist

Vancouver /
Content – Art & Creative /
Full Time
/ On-site
Who We Are

We’re Sandbox VR, the most advanced virtual reality experience in the world. Our mission is to bring people closer together through world-class immersive experiences. When guests step into one of our stores, our full-body motion tracking gear and Hollywood motion capture cameras make them the stars of their own movies. Groups freely roam our large-open “holodecks” together, relying on each other to succeed in social experiences. Whether it’s venturing into space, battling on the high seas, or surviving a zombie apocalypse, our experiences take our guests on a journey they won’t forget!

Since launching in 2017, we’ve become the location-based VR industry leader.  As we continue to expand globally, there’s never been a better time to join the Sandbox VR team. We take pride in the relationships we are building within our communities by providing world-class experiences for our guests and our employees. Here, we value humility and have built a collaborative environment, ensuring that our guests, and our teammates all win collectively.  If this sounds interesting to you, we’d love you to join us, as we build the future of entertainment.

Being a Visual Effects Artist at Sandbox VR means you’ll be responsible for the quality of all VFX in our cutting-edge VR experiences. You’ll use your experience and know how to define VFX quality standards and create world-class visual effects which surprise and dazzle our guests. You will use your artistic skills to create beautiful effects and your technical skills to ensure your effects work within performance and technical constraints. You will work closely with the Art Director and Creative Director to ensure your VFX meets each project’s requirements.

What you will be doing;

    • Owning VFX Pipeline – You’ll use your background in VFX to analyze our current pipelines and determine the best tools to get the job done moving forward. You’ll create high-quality VFX based on references and use your creativity to help define the VFX style for each project. You will ensure each effect you create is both visually compelling and easily readable by players.

    • Variety – At Sandbox VR, we have multiple development teams working on unique and exciting projects. These projects might have completely different art styles or totally separate genres and themes. You’ll have the chance to work on many different kinds of effects and really flex your creative muscles in order to bring your unique style to each project.

    • Innovating – At Sandbox VR, you will have a chance to genuinely innovate and create something new. VFX within VR is an emerging industry and you’ll have the chance to join a very passionate creative team who can support you in creating visual and interactive experiences like none other.

Who we are looking for:

    • Visual Wow – You can show us a portfolio of excellent effects which you’ve created. The portfolio will show that you can handle the entire authoring process, including particle effects, animations, textures, and shaders. You know you can bring visual flair to everything you work on, and you’re excited to show us a reel that proves it.

    • Unity Experience – You have worked within the Unity engine and understand how to create amazing-looking VFX within the engine. You have a good understanding of available plug-ins and optimization methods you can use to create great-looking effects that fit within technical budgets.

    • Shaders are Your Thing – You have experience writing and optimizing shaders for your VFX.

    • Technically Proficient – You’re highly skilled in the tools of your trade, including Maya (or equivalent), and scripting, and you have experience with Houdini or other dynamic simulation tools.

    • Always Learning – You will be responsible for keeping up with the latest Unity features and plugins to make sure your projects look incredible.

How you can impress us:

    • You have worked on VR/AR projects in the past, whether they be professional or even hobby projects.
    • You have a strong personal interest in video game technology. You understand industry trends and upcoming innovations. If you have given talks at games/VR industry shows or written articles about your craft, this is a great way you can demonstrate your understanding to us.
    • This role is mainly for real-time VFX, but cinematic VFX is a plus.
    • VR is an exciting new medium for you, you are passionate about the possibilities of the technology and you’re eager to use your skills to push this industry forward.

Sandbox VR is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.