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Mentor of the Day: Michael Casalino

We’re happy to present a new mentor for this Fall, Michael Casalino!

A little about Michael:  He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he graduated with a BFA in Computer Animation. After graduating, he initially worked at MTV in NYC on projects such as Celebrity Death Match and Helter Kelter, then moved into the game industry and spent 8 years at EA-Tiburon. There he had key roles on many of the studio franchises. At EA, he pioneered new modeling techniques and processes for the environment modeling team on Superman Returns, Madden Football and NFL Street, and worked with a team for robust solutions on improving our in-game lighting for football stadiums. In 2008 Michael, relocated to California to join Disney Interactive as a Senior Art Director working on titles like Epic Mickey, Tron, Pirates and various other Disney IP. In June of 2011, he moved to Disney Mobile where my latest work includes the number one app, “Where’s My Water?”, “Temple Run-Brave” and “Cars AppMATes”.

Micheal joins Motivarti in hopes of sharing his knowledge for anyone wanting to get into the interactive gaming industry.  He is a well rounded art director/artist with a strong overall art direction, character design/construction, graphic design, FX direction, cinematic direction, animation but his area of expertise in the gaming industry is environment design and lighting.  “My ideal mentee would be someone breaking into the games industry (or wanting too) that I can pass on my knowledge and be there for them to give advice on his/her work. I would want to help improve that artists work for the area of discipline they want to go into.”

“My goal would be to mentor the right people with the right talent that at the end of the day, I can work with them on a professional level.” So if you’re hoping to break into the interactive gaming industry, Micheal’s a great mentor to work with! Apply soon!

Fun Fact: My wife says I am too old to do this, but every month I like to go skateboarding with children who have Autism and have a blast making them smile.

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