Michael McDonald

Email: michaelbjmcdonald@gmail.com

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mmprofile

Phone: +46 76 027 1560

Biography

It’s been a privilege over the last 14+ years to have helped craft so many award-winning titles. The innovative collaboration process amongst world-class teams (including Weta Digital, Wētā Workshop, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft) has helped me to refine my skills and empower others. Let’s work together to kick it up a notch on your next big project! 🚀

Specialties

• real-time dynamic lighting • real-time ray tracing • baked lightmaps • Light probes and reflection probes • environment atmospherics • PBR materials and custom shaders • time-of-day lighting and weather cycles • HDR exposure • color grading and lensing • marketing art • pipeline optimisation • look-dev

• art leadership/mentorship • Photorealistic and/or stylised 3D environment art • photography


17 Shipped Games and Films

• “Chorus” (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – Sr. Lighting Artist

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

• “Dr. Grordbort’s: Boosters” (Magic Leap One) – Senior Artist

• “Dr. Grordbort’s: Invaders” (Magic Leap One) – Senior Artist

• “Need For Speed™ No Limits VR” (Google Daydream) – Lead Environment Artist

• “Need For Speed™ No Limits” (iOS/Android) – Lead Environment 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) – 3D Artist

• “World Sports Party” (Wii) – 3D Artist

Work Experience

Senior Lighting Artist

Liquid Swords

Stockholm, Sweden · October 2021 – Present



Senior Lighting Artist

Avalanche Studios Group

Stockholm, Sweden · October 2021 – Present



Senior Environment Artist / Art Lead (Part-time contract)

realworld one

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany · November 2020 – Present



Senior Lighting Artist

Massive Entertainemnt

Malmö, Sweden · January 2021 – June 2021



Senior Lighting Artist

Deep Silver Fishlabs

Hamburg, Germany · August 2020 – November 2020



3D Matte Painter (Short term contract)

Wētā FX

Wellington, New Zealand · July 2020 – August 2020



Senior Artist

Wētā 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 Artist

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