Michael McDonald

Email: michaelbjmcdonald@gmail.com

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mmprofile

Phone: +49 176 75550223

Biography

It’s been a joy helping to define the look and feel of so many award-winning AAA game titles over my 13+ years working at EA, Weta Workshop and Ubisoft, but the highlight of my career is the collaborative process of working with amazingly talented teams every day. Let’s work together to kick things up a notch on your next big project!

Specialties

• Real-time lighting for both AAA open worlds and mobile XR • PBR materials

• Real-time raytracing & GI • Lighting pipelines • Photography • Marketing art

• Art Leadership • Look-development

16 Shipped Games and Films

• The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (Netflix) – Matte Artist

• 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

Massive Entertainemnt

Malmo, Sweden · January 2021 – Present



Art Lead & Senior Lighting Artist (Part-time Freelance)

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



Lead Environment Artist / 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



3D Artist / Technical Lead

Mere Mortals NZ

Auckland, New Zealand · July 2008 – July 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

Notable Achievements

• Worlds first mobile Vulkan API demo at the 2016 Google Keynote

• NVIDIA and Apple promotional videos

• Helping Magic Leap to secure $1.3 Billion in venture capital