Contract Production Artist

Jackbox is looking for a Contract Production Artist (on site in Chicago, but we’re working from home at the moment).

Who Are We?

Jackbox is a small game studio (~60 people) best known for its Jackbox Party Pack franchise: a set of five social party games released every fall. Since 2014, our games--like Quiplash, Drawful, and Trivia Murder Party-- have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, by Polygon, and in living rooms and finished basements across the world.

In 2020, we had over 200 million users. And we have hard evidence that one of those users was Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron.

You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about how our games work (spoiler: your phone is the controller!) and who we are and what we make at jackboxgames.com.

What’s the Job?

Jackbox Games is in search of a Production Artist to help with general art production and our localization efforts. We’re looking for someone who can quickly understand our pipeline (Animate to Scaleform) and be able to optimize the assets to look great, but also run efficiently.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Lead artists and animators in implementing art
  • Help optimize art for different platforms
  • Thoughtfully provide, and graciously accept feedback on your work and the work of others, to ensure that the end product is the best we can make
  • Help with the gathering, optimization and conversion of art assets for localization
  • Assist Production and the rest of the team with creating any necessary art localization documentation
  • Work independently to address competing priorities, fast and efficiently
  • Work well within a team to achieve team goals and hit deadlines
  • Communicate effectively

What skills and experiences are we looking for?

Your portfolio/reels should show the following

  • Experience with Flash/Animate art production
  • Experience with action script
  • Beyond Flash/Animate, we also want to see basic computer skills including:
    • HTML and HTML5 knowledge
    • Adobe After Effects
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Adobe Illustrator

Anything Else?

We only hire clever, kind, motivated and creative people. Jackbox Games is a group effort and you must work collaboratively. Everyone here shares a commitment to excellence and a desire to work in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

Jackbox Games is committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, or disability.

Okay, But What Are the Perks?

Casual dress and a flexible schedule. Come in a sweatshirt, jeans, or whatever (at least when we’re back to working in the office. We are all remote at the moment).

Creative work environment. We are lucky to work in a place that is full of talented and innovative folks. Most of the day, the place is pretty quiet (we’re a focused bunch), but this is punctuated with hilarious outbursts and general merriment.

Easy transportation. We’re very close to the “L” and the Halsted (#8) bus (right by the Apple Store and Mega Whole Foods if that’s your kind of thing), and we have a transit FSA that allows you to dedicate pre-tax dollars to public transportation expenses.

Free food. Every week, we stock our kitchen with snacks.

HOW TO APPLY

We look forward to reading your application. Make sure it includes:

A cover letter that highlights three reasons you’d be great for the gig, focusing on how your past work experience has prepared you for this kind of position. We weigh cover letters heavily. Please write in your own voice: Most cover letters are standard and boring, and that just isn’t us.

Your resume. Include a list of projects you’ve worked on and your role in their development.

A link to your portfolio and/or reel. (If you worked with others on a project, please make sure to explain your specific contribution.)

We know it is a time commitment to prepare an application and we respect that effort by thoughtfully reviewing every complete application and responding one way or the other. But that kind of thoughtful review means that it sometimes takes us a while to get back to applicants, so please be patient with us and no phone calls.

Thanks for your interest in Jackbox Games!

F.A.Q.

I'm not sure if I'm qualified. Should I apply?

We would much rather read your application than miss out on a great candidate, so please err on the side of applying. If you are passionate about games, give it a shot! The worst thing that happens is you don't get the job, but we promise you're not wasting our time.

Do I need to live in or relocate to the Chicago area for this position?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: We are all working remotely due to COVID-19 at the moment, so there’s not a rush, but the expectation is that eventually you will work out of our Chicago office.

Do I need to be legally eligible to work in the United States to apply for this position?

Yes.