Colorado Animator Lured Back from California to Launch His Own Gaming Studio
Mike York is a top graduate from The Art Institute of Colorado – a character animator who worked in California and Germany but returned to his homeland to become a creative in the state that he loves, Colorado.
When Mike started out in the animation industry, he was challenged to find consistent work in the Denver area. The lack of opportunity forced him to relocate to California. (Fibbing that he actually lived there) eventually gave way to opportunities at Activision, Blizzard and Shaba Games. When his gaming contracts ended, he tried desperately to stay in California but the work was far and few between. He returned to Colorado to embrace the support of family and friends while recharging his job search.
Strangely while back in Colorado, Mike found an opportunity in Germany and while in Germany, discovered a character animation job via his social media contacts back in Colorado at Idol Minds (www.idolminds.com). Giving it another shot, he moved back to Colorado and worked for Idol Minds for seven months. When the Sony contract ended, he was back to his job search for animation opportunities in the gaming industry. The repeated back and forth in his career gave way to Mike launching his own company, Caracius Studios (www.caracius.com) in Denver, CO:
“Caracius Studios is and end-to-end solution provider. There services range from concept to full Game Development, 3d Modeling, Texturing, Animation, and graphic for UI design. All work is on a work-for-hire basis. They specialize in creating assets for use in client games and projects. They are in the midst of developing their own iPhone game and hope to eventually become their own developer for PS3 and Xbox360.” (Caracius Studios, 2012)
Mike’s his ultimate dream is to “create and be his person”. We’re so glad to have Mike back and with the support of the Film and Media Production Incentive Bill 1286 passing, he and we hope he can bring new gaming projects to Colorado while keeping the talent here.
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