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


Freelance Animation Lead

Belchertown, MA


08-2017 – 12-2018 Character Animator (Freelance)
Otherside Entertainment

Underworld Ascendant
Worked with Lead and Director to establish animation style.
Monitored animation through pipeline and worked with designers to maintain style and quality of animation in game.

07-2018 – 10-2018 Lead Animator (Freelance)
Created cartoony-style animations to play during educational mobile app.
Worked closely with client to maintain vision and style.

01-2016 – 08-2017 Lead Animator

Why Wait!
Worked with Director to develop creative ideas, establish animation style, schedule of project and animation pipeline.
Supervised team of animators, assigning tasks, maintaining delivery schedule to ensuring quality and consistency of animation.
Provided direction, feedback and mentoring to animation team.

07-2016 – 12-2016 Lead Animator (Freelance)

Commercials for Cheetos and FlexShopper.com
Worked with Director to assist in creative ideas and animation direction.
Communicated direction and feedback to animation team.

09-2016 – 
10-2016 Character Animator (Freelance)
Doodle Pictures Studio
Lego Web Videos for Frozen and Star Wars
Created layout, cinematography and continuity of entire sequences.

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.

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
Inside the Happiness Factory

2006 – 2008 Freelance Animator
New Balance – Commercial
Benjamin Franklin Museum
Thomas Jefferson Foundation
National Constitution Center


Clark University; Worcester, MA
BA in Economics, Minor in Electronic Music
Diploma in Advanced Character Animation Studies
Expert Acting Online Workshop

  • Animation
  • Updated 2 years ago

To contact this candidate email mike@wickedtaylor.com

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