Hello! My name is Michael (Mike) Merlino! I am currently a freelance generalist artist focusing in motion graphics and visual effects. I graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor's of science in animation and visual effects. I am proficient in Autodesk Maya, Adobe After effects, Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and well versed in Nuke, Houdini, Modo, Cinema 4D, and 3DS Max. I am currently learning Mari and Katana. I have worked and rendered with RedShift, VRAY, and Arnold.
Besides my technical skills I love skiing, hiking, playing squash, editing and streaming video games, cooking, building/creating traditional art, creating music, and bicycling. I originally got into visual effects, motion graphics, and editing through Youtube in late middle school, and 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, and currently live in Burbank CA. I am close with my family and have cousins in Italy who we often visit. I have traveled out of state to Asia, Europe, South America, 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 cats 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!