JOHN CIMINO

  • 3D Character Animator/Artist
  • Emeryville, CA

3-D Character Animator/Artist with over 17 years of experience in the gaming industry available for freelance and full time employment.

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I am a passionate and industrious 3D animator and artist with over 17 years of experience in the gaming industry. I worked at EA/Maxis as the lead animator on ‘Spore’ where I created hundreds of animations and designed the creature part models. In 2011, I joined the popular indie game ‘SpyParty’ where, as the sole artist, I created and animated all of the diverse and distinctive human characters as well as a majority of the new environments. Currently, I am enrolled at Animation Mentor where I am updating my animation demo reel.

Experience

Lead Character Artist/Animator/Environment Artist at SpyParty

September 2011 – July 2020 San Francisco, CA

I recently finished working with Chris Hecker on the popular indie game SpyParty as the lead artist and animator.

Responsibilities:
-Designed all 20 characters
-Modeled, textured, and rigged all 20 characters (Maya, Photoshop)
-Animation for all 20 characters (Maya)
-Designed, modeled, and textured 10 of the environments (Maya, Photoshop)

Senior Animator/Artist at Electronic Arts

July 2003 – September 2011 San Francisco, CA

I worked at Electronic arts for 8 years as a lead animator, concept artist, and character designer.

Responsibilities on the game Spore:

-As lead animator I animated 100's of animations for the game
-Designed all of the creature parts and directed their production with multiple modelers
-Created pre-production concept art, and animation mock-ups
-Helped the programmers develop an animator friendly animation tool to create procedural animation
-Worked closely with programmers to develop the look and feel of the creature editor and Cell Game

Responsibilities on other EA games:

-Lead animator and character designer for DarkSpore
-Created multiple animations for the Sims franchise
-Lead animator and creature designer on the Spore: Galactic Adventures expansion pack

Shipped Titles: Spore, Spore: Galactic Adventures, DarkSpore, Sims 2, Sims: Making Magic

Flash Animator at Leap Frog

January 2003 – July 2003 San Francisco, CA

I worked at Leap Frog as a flash animator helping to create video game titles for the Leapster game system.

Flash Animator at Mondo Media

May 2000 – January 2003 San Francisco, CA

I worked at Mondo Media as a flash animator helping to create many animated web series including Happy Tree Friends, Thugs on Film, and Heavy Metal Guy.

Education

Bachelors Degree in Computer Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design

September 1995 – May 1999 Savannah, GA

I studied traditional hand drawn animation and 3-D animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design where I graduated summa cum laude.

at Animation Mentor

June 20, 2020 – Present Emeryville, California

I recently enrolled at Animation Mentor to help further my education. Animation Mentor is an online animation school at which animation professionals teach character animation to students in over 105 countries.

Skills

3-D Character Animation in Maya3-D Character ModelingCharacter DesignCharacter RiggingCharacter TexturingEnvironment Design and ModelingFlash AnimationAutodesk MayaAdobe Photoshop