Ryan Ehrenberg

Ryan Ehrenberg

Senior Visual Effects Artist


Respawn Entertainment

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Moved across the country to attend school in California.
Created a short animation that was featured on IFC.
Graduated college with a degree in animation.
Took a job in Quality Assurance (Game tester).
After several months, was hired as a VFX Artist at Shiny Entertainment.
Became Lead VFX Artist on several projects, including a Green Lantern game.
Took a Senior VFX Artist position at Respawn Entertainment.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
The Art Institute of California-Orange County

Career

Senior Visual Effects Artist

I design real time visual effects for video games.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Technology
Being Creative

Day to Day

My day consists of finding out from the rest of the team what they need and delivering those assets. The tasks can vary wildly from adding impacts for a new weapon to adding falling leaves to a level. I work with the artists/designers to add visual communication (danger, safety, etc).

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Get a copy of a game engine like Crytek or Unreal and see what you can do- again check for tutorials online. Get a subscription with a school like Gnomon that specializes in training for VFX. Sign up for local figure drawing classes. Network with people in the industry. Find local groups that meet up for a monthly get-together of Game Devs. Join groups online where VFX professionals can critique your demo reel. Network, network, network- and be a nice person.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be as well-rounded as you can be. Take every art class you can to start developing an understanding of techniques in multiple mediums. Get very familiar with digital art packages like Photoshop and After Effects. Get familiar with Max and Maya. There are plenty of free tutorials online to get up to speed.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

certification
Certification/License
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You should not be an artist. You will not be successful."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial