Mike has a B Sc. in Pure Maths from the Sydney University where he also did his Masters and now his PhD. His research is exploring using interactive photoreal faces in new forms of Human Computer Interfaces (CHI). In other words, he is looking at deploying realistic digital companions and embodied conversational agents. This work has a special relevance for gaming and the entertainment industry, especially in the area of virtual production.
Mike aims to help take technology from the cutting edge film industry and apply it in these new exciting areas. Mike has previously worked in film and TV R&D and in production, winning an AFI and being nominated for an American Emmy Award. He has worked as a compositor, vfx supervisor and second unit director on various TV shows. He is perhaps best known for his work as a writer, consultant and educator with the web sites fxguide and fxphd which explore technology in the film industry. These web site now have huge followings, as they provide an important link between the film and vfx community and the researchers and innovators who constantly push the limits of technology.
Mike is a lecturer at Sydney University in Digital Innovation and has lectured overseas in LA, Las Vegas, Germany, London and elsewhere. He regularly can be heard on his own podcasts, as well as being a regular contributed Wired Magazine (Condé Nast) online. Mike is based in Sydney, but has previously worked in Hollywood and London.