Lighting Artist

Lighting Artists are responsible for hands on operation of a CG workstation to create desired lighting effects across shots and sequences. The position requires a high degree of technical skill and artistic judgment.  Although more of an artistic role than a technical role, some technical understanding is beneficial.  A Lighting Artist must be able to balance artistic requirement with the technical limitations of the software and hardware employed.


  • Set an example of good working practice for other Lighters
  • Work with and support the Lead Lighter, CG Supervisor and VFX Supervisor to fulfill the creative vision of the show within technical parameters
  • Help create and/or modify lighting templates to be used by entire crew
  • Help ensure the quality of final shots
  • Troubleshoot technical production issues, especially those related to lighting
  • Oversee and help optimize shots for rendering
  • Must work within the Method pipeline and publish tools and scripts as prescribed
  • Must manage his or her disc space to fit within quota
  • Communicate creative and technical issues effectively
  • Be aware of inefficiencies in any area of the pipeline that are impacting the lighting artists’ ability to work efficiently, and flag these issues as necessary
  • Work to help correct inefficiencies with the artists and TDs available
  • Other miscellaneous duties as required from time-to-time by the Lighting Artist


  • Minimum two years experience as a lighter
  • Excellent artistic skills, with a particular emphasis on real-world lighting/photography an asset
  • Full understanding of colour theory and LUTs
  • Expert knowledge of Maya and/or possibly Houdini – Tool building and scripting knowledge an asset
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following, depending on show requirements:
  • Vray
  • Mantra
  • Mentalray
  • Renderman
  • Knowledge of Nuke and Photoshop an asset
  • Some scripting skills an asset (Python, hscript, mel, bash)
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
  • Able to take directions and adaptable to change
  • Good at improvising and problem-solving
  • Linux experience preferred

About Method Studios

Method Studios is an award-winning international visual effects group with facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, London, Sydney and Melbourne. As an artist-driven company known for its creativity, we service high-end feature film, commercial, television, games and motion graphics clients in the global marketplace.