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Steamroller exists to breathe life into stories, characters, and experiences in visual, physical, and virtual spaces. Each project that comes our way, be it a game, a film, or a theme park ride, exists in its own universe. It is our job to bring this multiverse to life. Our animators build believable characters and whole worlds in a multitude of universes, while our developers manipulate the rules of perception to transport you to a new definition of reality. We relish the opportunity to bring our clients’ universes to life while also developing our own stories.

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Mike Taylor

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Mike Taylor

08-2017 – Present

Character Animator (Freelance)

Otherside Entertainment
– Underworld Ascendant

Work with Lead and Director to establish animation style.  Monitor animation through pipeline and work with designers to maintain style and quality of animation in game.  Create and modify rigs and weighting to facilitate animation production.  Deliver high-quality key-frame animation ahead of schedule.

 

 

01-2016 – 08-2017

Lead Animator (Freelance)

Healthimation
– Why Wait!

Worked with Director to develop creative ideas, establish animation style, schedule of project and animation pipeline.  Worked closely with 3D artists and Riggers to make sure character rigs would deliver the quality of animation desired.  Supervised team of animators, assigning tasks, maintaining delivery schedule to ensuring quality and consistency of animation.  Provided direction, feedback and mentoring to animation team.

 

 

01-2017 – 03-2017

Character Animator (Freelance)

InMotion
– HitTrax

Delivered high-quality key-frame animation ahead of schedule.

 

 

07-2016 – 12-2016

Lead Animator (Freelance)

Brickyard VFX
– Commercials for Cheetos and FlexShopper.com

Worked with Director to assist in creative ideas and animation direction.  Communicated direction and feedback to animation team.  Guided animation team to high-quality results within schedule.

 

 

10-2016

Character Animator (Freelance)

Doodle Pictures Studio
Lego Web Videos for Frozen and Star Wars

Responsible for layout, cinematography and continuity of entire sequences.  Blocked in animation for animation team to ensure quality and timing.

 

 

02-2016 – 04-2016

Lead Animator (Freelance)

Tony Caio Productions
EdVenture Zoo

Worked closely with Director to develop animation and visual style.  Established entire animation and rendering pipeline.  Supervised animation, modeling and rigging team on a tight deadline to finish on time.  Modeled, rigged and animated large number of shots in a very short time frame.

 

 

09-2015 – 01-2016

Lead Animator (Freelance)

Brickyard VFX –
Cheetos Commercials

Worked with Creative Team and Client to develop animation ideas and ensure creative vision was met.

 

01-2015 – 07-2015

Lead Animator (Freelance)

Northern Lights Productions –
Toys Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Play

Worked with Director to build team and establish budget, create pipeline and develop story ideas.

 

08-2011 – 10-2014

Lead Animator

WB Games / Turbine –
Infinite Crisis

 

Dungeons & Dragons Online – Menace of the Underdark

Lord of the Rings Online – Rise of Isengard

Worked closely with Director and design team to establish look and feel of animation.

Created examples and benchmarks for animation team to follow.

Mentored and developed all animation team members.

Troubleshot both technical and managerial issues.

 

06-2008 – 08-2011

Senior Animator

WB Games / Turbine –
Dungeons & Dragons Online – Eberron Unlimited

Lord of the Rings Online – Siege of Mirkwood

Organized and led Animation Lunch to talk about animation and provide feedback on personal projects.

 

01-2007 – 03-2007

Character Animator

Psyop
Inside the Happiness Factory

Skills

  • 3ds Max
  • After Effects
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Hansoft
  • Maya
  • Perforce
  • Photoshop
  • Unity
  • Unreal
  • Animation
  • Updated 2 years ago

To contact this candidate email mike@wickedtaylor.com

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