Cinematics VFX Artist


  • Cambridge  
  • Company
    Frontier Developments plc  
    Start date
  • Closing date
    24 August 2022  
    Posted on
    24 June 2022  

Frontier is an established, market leading independent developer and publisher of videogames for PC and consoles. Founded in 1994, we are based in the world-leading technology cluster and historic city of Cambridge, England. With a growing team of over 750 talented people, we are passionate about creating innovative genre-leading games and authentic worlds for our communities of players.  

We have achieved serial successes across a wide variety of titles including Elite Dangerous, Planet Coaster, Jurassic World Evolution and Planet Zoo. We are continuing to grow our team to support our existing portfolio and an exciting and ambitious future roadmap, which includes the development of both own-IP titles and licensed-IP titles. Our IP-license partners include Universal (Jurassic World), Formula 1 and Games Workshop (Warhammer).We are also growing our team to continue the expansion of Frontier Foundry, our publishing label for games developed by carefully selected partner studios. 

We have a modern spacious studio located on the Cambridge Science Park in the heart of the Cambridge tech hub. For those who wish to relocate to the Cambridge area and work either entirely in the studio or flexibly between the studio and home, we can provide generous financial and practical support to facilitate your move. We are also able to offer remote working for those who would prefer to work almost exclusively from home or who are unable to relocate. We can discuss your preferences with you during the recruitment process.   

Purpose of the role:

We have an exciting opportunity for VFX artist to join Frontiers internal cinematics team. You will work with the cinematics artists to create best in class VFX elements to support the diverse range of cinematics asset we will produce. Whether its atmospherics, elemental, particle or mechanical, you'll be comfortable working across a wide array of project types.

This is a unique and incredible opportunity for a driven and passionate individual to make their mark on a new team, working with the very latest in cinematic tools and workflows across our outstanding portfolio of projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Take direction from Cinematics and Art leads to create dynamic real-time visual effects
  • Give creative insight into scope and capabilities when required
  • Build out VFX library for use across all asset types
  • Have ownership of VFX pipelines and provide input on improvements to workflows
  • Engage with Technical Artists on any required R&D tasks.

About You:


  • Demonstrable experience authoring real-time VFX in Unreal Engine
  • Excellent knowledge of Unreal Engines Niagara VFX and Physics systems
  • Good working knowledge of Houdini
  • Good knowledge of VFX fundamentals including timing, composition and colour theory
  • Fluent in the latest digital art techniques and best practice workflows
  • Positive attitude and a desire to bring new ideas to the team
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively within a holistic team dynamic
  • Comfortable working autonomously to meet expectations and deliveries.


  • Experience working in the animation/film/games industry
  • Keen interest in story, narrative and character development
  • Experience with one or more scripting/programming languages.

What we can offer you:

We offer the chance to work with talented and passionate people, developing and publishing sophisticated and enduring games in a creative and collaborative environment. We love what we do, and we work hard to provide outstanding experiences for our player communities. Frontier rewards this passion and determination by sharing in the company’s success and by supporting our teams to keep doing what they love.

Well-being is a big focus at Frontier and we are continually evolving how we can support our staff. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and host a range of well-being activities, initiatives and sessions to support both mental and physical health.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes a success-based annual bonus, share option schemes, pension, life assurance, private family healthcare, flexitime working hours, enhanced maternity/paternity package, in-house subsidised catering, support with relocation, a Cycle to Work scheme and free bike servicing, and social events.

We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

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