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Lead Houdini FX Artist

Halon - Visualization · Full-time · Senior

About The Position

NEP Virtual Studios combines Prysm Stages, Lux Machina, and Halon Entertainment under one banner to provide best-in-class virtual production services around the world. Lux Machina and Prysm stages design, build, and operate state of the art Virtual Production facilities while Halon Entertainment provides Game cinematic creation, visualization, and virtual art department services from concept to final pixel.

Halon Entertainment is seeking a Lead Houdini FX Artist with amazing artistic skills to create spectacular FX simulations for rendered cinematic trailers. The ideal candidate has experience producing high-quality effects for film or AAA games, as having experience working within the constraints of real-time engines is a huge plus. We’re looking for someone who shows attention to detail, and can take both artistic and technical direction to achieve the most appropriate solution. A level of technical knowledge combined with strong creative and visual instincts is critical for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with other FX artists on the team as well as communicating well with other department leads when tasks and responsibilities overlap
  • Ability to create high quality fx such as fire, smoke, explosions, fluid simulations, and rigid body dynamics
  • Being able to integrate fx elements in the Unreal Engine when required
  • Take direction well, implement feedback, and communicate notes effectively
  • Good use of time management given assigned tasks and work productively in a high-pressure environment
  • Assist in R&D efforts for tools enhancements and prototyping of new technology


  • 5+ years experience in Houdini simulations
  • Proficiency with particle systems, physics and shaders
  • Unreal Engine experience using Niagara and Sequencer within Unreal Engine is a plus, but not required. Must be willing to learn
  • Consideration of fx elements in storytelling and art direction for the shots and sequences they will be used in
  • Understanding of fx asset impact on performance
  • Strong problem solving and math skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, iterative development environment


The job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individual with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Due to the requirements of this position, NEP requires as a condition of employment for this position that a candidate be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If a candidate is offered this position with NEP, such offer is contingent on the candidate providing proof of full vaccination status by his or her start date. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, NEP will consider reasonable accommodations to a candidate’s inability to vaccinate due to disability or religious belief, but NEP’s consideration of potential reasonable accommodations does not guarantee commencement of employment.


We are proud of our culture. We believe in treating people with respect and supporting their artistic and professional goals. In addition to working with some of the most talented people on big budget, feature films and AAA games, being a member of NEP Virtual Studios Entertainment entitles you to participation in our Employer Sponsored Benefits: 401k Plan (with matching), Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance (with employer contributions), Group Term Life Insurance, Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Pay, and Employee Assistance Program as well as a number of Voluntary Benefits. NEP Virtual Studios also supports your continued education, training (Studio Arts classes, online training, industry partner events), and career growth opportunities.

At NEP Virtual Studios we celebrate diversity and inclusion. We are committed to an environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Please let us know if you require any accommodation in your application. We believe our success as a company is built on the diversity of our teammates.

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