work one

Real-Time VFX Reel: Saints Row (2022) + DLC

This reel is a compilation of some of my VFX work during my time at Volition on Saints Row (2022) and its three DLC packs: The Heist & The Hazardous, Doc Ketchum's Murder Circus, and A Song of Ice & Dust. I'm planning on adding a breakdown sheet for the reel along with some additional videos soon.


Ryan Hoss--Real-Time VFX Reel: Saints Row (2022) + DLC


work three

Real-Time VFX--Demo Reel 2015

What you'll find here is the culmination of all the hard work I've done since joining Vicious Cycle Software. This latest demo reel features effects I've created from Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations, Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 1 & 2, Turbo: Super Stunt Squad, Ben 10: Omniverse, and Madagascar 3: The Video Game, as well as a current-gen tech demo. Enjoy!


Ryan Hoss--Real-Time FX Demo Reel 2015 FX Breakdown Sheet


work three

Frigid Mountain--Level Design

For this level, I wanted to create an environment that gives the player a sense of loneliness and despair. After being left at the base of the frigid mountain, the torches reveal the only path forward, towards the mysterious stone gateway ahead. My technical goals for this level included exploring the terrain system, fire particle effects, skyboxes, cutscene creation using Unreal Matinee, and the creation of snow effects. A PDF case study is also available for download.


Frigid Mountain I Frigid Mountain II Frigid Mountain III Frigid Mountain IV Frigid Mountain Video Level Design Case Study


work four

Infernal Volcano--Level Design (UT3)

The goal here was to create a small, interior environment with a lot of atmosphere. I chose to construct a volcano because I was able to work on some interesting assets such as spikes, rocks, lava, and the center platform. It is worth noting that this level was made within the UT3 editor, in which I had to work within that engine's limitations. This was also my first experience using Unreal Matinee to create cinematic cutscenes.


Infernal Volcano Video

work five

Unreal Kismet Project--Level Scripting (UT3)

The Unreal Kismet visual scripting toolset enabled me to create things like cutscenes/scripted events, countdown timers, pickup items, switches, streaming levels, and moving water volumes. I also modeled and skinned a test character to the UT3 character rig and imported it into the engine, which required some light code and editing a couple of .INI files. A custom class was also written to populate the level with moving skeleton enemies.


Level Scripting Video

work six

Zombies vs. Rednecks--Board Game

This twist on the classic board game Stratego was an all-inclusive final project from an intensive three-week Digital Media summer course, in which I studied game development principals such as design, story, interaction, gameplay, and testing. For this final project, I, along with three other students, had three class days to create a professional-quality board game from start to finish. I was responsible for cementing the unique gameplay mechanics and creating an extensive game manual, which you can download and view for yourself.

ZVR Manual