Lighting Lead (VFX)

Location: Bristol

Specialism: Visual Effects


Contract: Freelance

Axis VFX is looking to hire an experienced Lighting Lead on an ongoing basis to lead project-based teams on a full time or ongoing freelance basis working remote/onsite in our Bristol based studio. The right candidate is preferably based in UK / EU.

The Lighting Lead will create key lighting and shading techniques and deliver final renders for the Compositing Department, while supporting the Lighting Artists within their project team. This includes answering questions, offering guidance and helping to resolve issues in a positive and constructive manner.  


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop lighting setups for environments in 3D and troubleshoot rendering issues;

  • Work closely with the CG and Lighting Supervisors and Production to find creative and technical solutions and approaches that meet project requirements and deadlines;

  • Participate in the creation of tools for their speciality. Test the tools before their integration, and ensure clear and accessible documentation;

  • Oversee the work of a team of artists on a show, demonstrating an expert standard of skills in the specialty and a positive, solution-driven attitude;

  • In collaboration with production, plan and assign appropriate tasks to team members, taking into consideration their abilities, level and the project workflow and timing;

  • Provide feedback on artist’s work to ensure it meets quality standards and corresponds with client’s artistic vision;

  • Communicate promptly with the Production Team and Department Manager regarding any artist who may not have enough work. May assist in finding alternative tasks (training, R&D pipeline tools, etc);

  • Mentor members of their team by providing training and sharing knowledge. 

  • Keep Production and the project team informed of the status of work, issues to be resolved, ramifications of problems encountered and recommend potential solutions;

  • Ensure deadlines are met, advising the project team promptly if delays could be expected, whether by themselves or a member of their team;

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of their specialty and be on the lookout for the latest technological advances in methods and approaches.

Required Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years experience as a Lighting Artist, within the VFX industry; 

  • Excellent knowledge of Houdini software;

  • Excellent knowledge of Arnold software;

  • An understanding/experience of Solaris/USD a plus;

  • Knowledge of Python is a plus;

  • Knowledge of Shotgun;

  • Excellent knowledge of colour in a film pipeline;

  • Excellent sense of prioritisation and respect of deadlines;

  • Ability to stay calm under pressure and act as a positive role model and mentor



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