Michael McDonald

Email: michaelbjmcdonald@gmail.com

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mmprofile

Phone: +49 176 75550223

Biography

As a lighting specialist and artist with over 12+ years of experience, I have had the pleasure to work with some very talented teams over the years, creating a wide range of AAA quality games that millions of people enjoy every day.

Specialties

• Lighting pipelines, PBR shaders and Global illumination

• Team communication between art, code design, producers and leads

• Team mentorship, documentation, task scheduling and agile scrum

• Lighting interior/exterior cinematics and real-time environments

• Capturing the visual style of a project using lighting

• Optimisation and profiling for lighting and atmospheric effects

• Photography – working with ISO, shutter speed, EV, and aperture

• Concept art, look-development, paint-overs, and marketing art assets

15 Shipped Games

• Dr. Grordbort’s: Boosters (Magic Leap One) – Sr. Artist

• Dr. Grordbort’s: Invaders (Magic Leap One) – Sr. Artist

• Need For Speed™ No Limits VR (Google Daydream) – Sr. Specialist Artist

• Need For Speed™ No Limits (iOS/Android) – Sr. Specialist Artist

• Real Racing 3 (iOS/Android) – Mid-Level Artist

• Need For Speed™ Most Wanted (iOS/Android) – Mid-Level Artist

• Mass Effect™ Infiltrator (iOS/Android) – Mid-Level Artist

• The Sims™ FreePlay (iOS/Android) – Mid-Level Artist

• Dead Space™ (iOS/Android) – Mid-Level Artist

• Need For Speed™ Hot Pursuit (iOS/Android) – Mid-Level Artist

• Need For Speed™ Nitro (DS) – Outsourced Artist

• The Sims 3™ World Adventures (iOS) – Outsourced Artist

• Path of Exile (PC) – Environment Artist

• Petanque Pro (Wii) – Technical Lead Artist

• World Sports Party (Wii) – 3D Artist

Work Experience

Senior Lighting Artist (Short term contract)

realworld one

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany · November 2020 – Present



Senior Lighting Artist

Deep Silver Fishlabs

Hamburg, Germany · August 2020 – November 2020



Matte Artist (Short term contract)

Weta Digital

Wellington, New Zealand · July 2020 – August 2020



Senior Artist

Weta Workshop / Magic Leap

Wellington, New Zealand · December 2016 – July 2020



Senior Specialist Artist

Electronic Arts

Melbourne, Australia · June 2013 – December 2016



Mid-Level Artist

Electronic Arts

Melbourne, Australia · April 2010 – June 2013



3D Artist (Contract)

Tin Man Games

Melbourne, Australia · October 2009 – March 2010



Environment Artist (Contract)

Grinding Gear Games

Auckland, New Zealand · August 2009 – September 2009



Art Lead / Co-Founder

Disyi Arts

New Plymouth, New Zealand · February 2008 – July 2008



Art Tutor

Bubble Dome Ltd

Auckland, New Zealand · April 2007 – April 2008

Awards

2019🏆 The Slice of Heaven Grand Prize – Winner , NZ Games Festival – The Pavs

Dr. Grordborts: Invaders


2019🥈 Immersive Reality Technical Achievement – Nominee , D.I.C.E

Dr. Grordborts: Invaders


2019🥈 Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project – Nominee , VES Awards

Dr. Grordborts: Invaders


2014🥈 Game, Original Role Playing – Nominee , NAVGTR

Path of Exile


2013🥇 Gold Rating , PocketGamer

Real Racing 3


2012🏆 Best Aussie / NZ-Made Game – Winner , IGN AU Black Beta Select Awards

Mass Effect™ Infiltrator


2012🏆 Best Mobile Graphics – Winner , IGN

Need For Speed™ Most Wanted (iOS/Android)


2012🥇 APP STORE BEST OF , Apple Inc.

Need For Speed™ Most Wanted (iOS/Android)


2012🥈 Mobile & Handheld – Nominee , BAFTA

Dead Space™ (iOS)


2011🏆 iPad Game of the Year Award – Winner (U.S. and Canada) , Apple Inc.

Dead Space™ (iOS)


2008🏆 Best Animation, 48Hour Film Festival , 48Hours


2006🎓 Sidhe Interactive Annual Scholarship – Recipient , Sidhe Interactive