Hello! My name is Michael (Mike) Merlino! I am currently a freelance motion graphics artist focusing in After Effects and Cinema 4D. I graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor's of science in animation and visual effects. I am proficient in Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator, Autodesk Maya, Indesign, and well versed in Nuke, Houdini, Modo, and 3DS Max. I have worked and rendered with RedShift, Octane, VRAY, and Arnold.
Besides my technical skills I love skiing, hiking, biking, playing squash, editing and streaming video games, cooking, building/creating traditional art, and bicycling. I originally got into visual effects, motion graphics, and editing through Youtube in late middle school. I realized I wanted to do it professionally during my Sophomore year of high school. I was born and raised in Concord MA, went to school in Philadelphia for 4 years, lived in Burbank CA for a year, and am back in Philadelphia. I am have traveled out of states to Asia, Europe, and soon hope to do more! If you can not tell from my Youtube channel I am a cat person, but am a big fan of dogs as well. I often keep big live updates on my Medium blog, so if you want to know more about who I am click the button below!