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					                                      CURRICULUM VITAE.

Name                       Michael Ellis.

Address:                   10926 Bluffside Dr. Apt 12,
                           Studio City, California,
                           USA, 91604

Cell Phone No:             (US) 650 305 0470
E-Mail Address:  


A passionate veteran game designer with more than 15 years industry experience. During this time I
have worked on several successful ‘AAA’ titles, both in the US and the UK. I have been credited as
being a dedicated worker, a dynamic thinker and an efficient, people-friendly manager.

During my career I have been a Lead Designer on several titles as well as a solid, dependable team
member when in the Senior Designer role. Developing games, playing games and learning how to
make better products are my greatest passions.


          Highly organized and self motivated.
          Ability to analyse and break down games into their sub components. Solve problems and
           increase value.
          Define metrics by which the project may be evaluated and to ensure consistency across the
           design team.
          Produce concise, detailed design specifications, guides and written metrics.
          Accurately map environments to scale in both 2D and 3D. Create interesting play paths and
           challenging uses of mechanics.
          Script using a variety of languages such as LUA, Renderware Studio and in-house proprietary
          Work with the game’s mechanics to make them as fun, balanced, responsive and user-
           friendly as possible.
          Interview design candidates.
          Equally effective working alone or as part of a team.

Tool Use.

Project planning,
     Word.
     Excel.
     Adobe Illustrator – Mapping and diagrams.
     SketchUp! - 3D prototyping and planning tool.

Project implementation,
     Maya – 3D graphics package.
     3D Studio MAX – 3D graphics package.
     LUA.
     Renderware Studio – Scripting, editing and game population tool.
     Proprietary scripting languages and editing tools.

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Work Experience.

Apr 2006 to current – Insomniac Games.

Projects:        TBA title, Lead Designer
                 Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty, Lead Designer
                 Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction, Senior Designer

My most recent position is proving to be a very exciting time, working on a new unannounced title as
Lead Designer. Prior to this I worked on the PSN exclusive Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty, also
as Lead Designer.

My first project at Insomniac was the ‘PS3 exclusive’ Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction. As part
of the design team I have worked across every aspect of the game – mechanics, concepting, level
design, scripting, etc. I also undertook assignments from the Creative Director to help manage and
guide the design team.

Feb 2005 to Apr 2006 – Electronic Arts.

Project:         007, James Bond - From Russia with Love, Senior Designer.

While working at Electronic Arts I was a part of the C&C (Combat and Control) group for the 007,
James Bond franchise. This group designs and implements the core game mechanics. The group is
also responsible for setting world metrics and creating game objects for the content team to

Jun 1999 to Feb 2005 - Crystal Dynamics.

Projects:        Blood Omen 2, Lead Designer.
                 Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Senior Designer.
                 Tomb Raider: Legend, Senior Designer.

During my time at Crystal Dynamics I enjoyed both the management responsibilities of being a Lead
Designer, and the time to be more creative that the Senior Designer position affords.

1991 to June 1999 - Psygnosis Ltd. (Now Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)

Projects:        Colony Wars: Vengeance, Originator and Lead Designer.
                 Colony Wars, Originator and Lead Designer.
                 Krazy Ivan, Lead Designer.
                 Psygnosis Evaluations Dept, Evaluator.
                 Psygnosis Test Dept, Tester.

During my time at Psygnosis I worked as Lead Designer on several successful projects. In addition to
my responsibilities as Lead Designer I had complete creative control for the Colony Wars projects and
worked for a time as the Head Designer for the main studio in Liverpool where I was based.

In addition to the above I acted as a design consultant for external companies contracted to
Psygnosis, to ensure that their titles offered additional benefits to the Psygnosis product portfolio.

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Project History.

Meta Scores.

Meta scores taken from

Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty (PS3)                      80%
Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction (PS3)                 89%
James Bond: From Russia with Love (Xbox)                    70%
Legacy of Kain: Defiance (PS2)                              77%
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 (PS2)                          73%
Colony Wars: Vengeance (PS1)                                86%
Colony Wars (PS1)                                           92%
Krazy Ivan (PS1)                                            77%

Review Scores.

Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction   UK OPM              9/10
                                        Edge                8/10
                                        1 UP                B

Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction   IGN                 9.4/.10
                                        EGM                 9/10
                                        PSM                 9.5/10
                                        Edge                8/10

James Bond: From Russia with Love       Official Xbox Mag   8/10
                                        IGN                 7.9/10
                                        Gamespot            7/10

Legacy of Kain: Defiance                PSM                 8/10
                                        IGN                 8/10
                                        GamePro             4.5/5

Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2            Gamespot            7.4 (PS2) & 7.6 (Xbox)
                                           7.4 (PS2) & 7.7 (Xbox)
                                        EGM                 7.5 (PS2) & 8.5 (Xbox)

Colony Wars: Vengeance                  IGN                 9.5/10
                                        PSM                 5/5 stars
                                        UK OPM              9/10

Colony Wars                             IGN                 9.3/10
                                        PSM                 5/5 stars
                                        Next Generation     10/10

Krazy Ivan                              UK OPM              7/10
                                        Games Master        91%
                                        Game Pro            92%

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