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Deck Nine Games

Westminster, Colorado - United States
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Cinematic Lighting Artist


Deck Nine’s Lighting team is growing! We are seeking a talented Cinematic Lighting Artist to join our team in beautiful Westminster, Colorado.

A Cinematic Lighting Artist’s primary role is assisting in the setup, implementation, and maintenance of real-time, in-engine lighting for cutscenes. You will partner with the Art Director, Environment Lighting Artists, and Cinematics team to define a cohesive lighting style for our next title. You will drive the quality and visual standards for cinematic lighting across the project and support the technical development of our lighting pipeline. You aim to improve workflows, embrace constructive feedback, thrive in a highly collaborative environment, and will proactively seek opportunities to elevate the game.

Ultimately, the ideal candidate has a strong sense of how cinematic lighting contributes to tell a deeply compelling story and possesses broad technical skills that compliment an artistic eye.

This position can be performed on site or remotely.


  • Work with the Art Director, Environment Lighting Artists, and Cinematics team to craft and implement high quality cinematic lighting with our proprietary toolset.
  • Collaborate with Programmers, Tech Art, and other members of the team to improve our tools and pipelines.
  • Create, maintain, and communicate documentation for lighting guidelines and implementation techniques.
  • Work within and anticipate different production and technical constraints and understand the budgeting restrictions associated with them.
  • Participate in giving & receiving critique to ensure scenes are as impactful as they can be.
  • Author post processing effects such as color grading, exposure, tone mapping, bloom, etc.


  • Two or more years’ experience crafting in-engine (Unreal, Unity, etc.) cinematic lighting for real-time cutscenes.
  • A portfolio or demo reel that demonstrates a keen eye for detail and the ability to use light, shadow, and color to create a variety of tones and moods.
  • Demonstrable understanding of cinematic lighting techniques as well as performance and cost considerations within a real time lighting pipeline.
  • Comfortable working with and learning proprietary tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and take direction from stakeholders on the needs for a scene.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.


  • Experience creating color key images to guide lighting.
  • Passion for games and storytelling.
  • Proficiency with Premiere (or Davinci Resolve), After Effects, and Photoshop.
  • A familiarity with narrative driven adventure games (Life is Strange, Detroit: Become Human, Wolf Among Us, etc).



·         Unlimited Vacation Time and paid Parental Leave

·         Health insurance for you and your family at a low cost to you

·         Dental and Vision insurance for you and your family at NO cost to you

·         Life and Disability benefits at NO cost to you

·         Optional Flexible Spending Account (including Healthcare and Limited Purpose), Dependent Care Account, and Health Savings Account available

·         Optional Supplemental Health and Life Insurance

·         401(k) Plan with an Employer Match

·         Growth opportunities for your career




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Salary Range: $45,000-$75,000 DOE

**Please note that the compensation information is a good faith estimate for this position only and is provided pursuant to the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and Equal Pay Transparency Rules. It is estimated based on what a successful Colorado applicant might be paid. It assumes that the successful candidate will be in Colorado or perform the position from Colorado. Similar positions located outside of Colorado will not necessarily receive the same compensation. **


Here at Deck Nine Games our passion is storytelling games. We are an independent game developer dedicated to crafting AAA interactive story games that inspire, transform, and entertain players. In 2021 we released Life is Strange True Colors, which went on to win multiple awards for storytelling and visuals, including best storytelling for 2021 and a VGA for Games for Impact. Recently we announced that we are developing a game for the hit sci-fi Amazon series, The Expanse. Our prior titles have won multiple awards, including Game of the Year and nominations for VGA and BAFTA awards. The studio is 100+ amazing people both located in our headquarters in sunny Westminster, Colorado and spread throughout the world permanently remote.

As the crafters of stories that encompass the full breadth of life’s experiences, Deck Nine is committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural team in which people from all walks of life feel inspired to do their best work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and believe deeply in the creativity and strength built from diversity of race, religion, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, and the many other qualities that make us different.

If this sounds appealing to you, please apply now!


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