MICHAEL CARROLL

GAME AND LEVEL DESIGNER

SHORT SUMMARY

Game Development has always been a passion of mine that is now going on 25 years strong. 

From an early age I was introduced to many games including DOOM, Quake, Metal Gear etc.
It then developed into a hobby of mine to create levels of the games I played or for my own games. 

During my high school life I started working on paid professional video productions and got into JMC Academy, where I completed a Bachelor of Creative Technologies in 2012.

 

In 2013/2014 I taught Pre-Production at Swinburne University for their film department.

In 2010, I started a video production business 'Forbidden Film Studios' that would run successfully making corporate videos for city councils and businesses such as Australia Post until I restructured the business into Sandbox Game Studios in 2016 which i would eventually close in 2019.

 

Between Forbidden Film Studios and Sandbox Game Studios are 3 game projects that would ultimately fail:

Cannibal Fever, a kickstarter for a zombie RTS shown at PAX Australia in 2014;
Attack of the Drop Bear, a charity Beat 'em Up about the real dangers of living in Australia, and
Battleturds, an advert game for a leading global toilet paper manufacturer.

From 2010  to 2015 I worked as 3IC at EB Games in Karingal. During this time I developed my understanding of games, their mechanics, what makes games popular/sell and what games audiences specific types of games attract.

In 2020 I returned to study at AIE Melbourne where I would improve my level and game design skills. I have successfully completed both a Diploma of Screen & Media (Video Game Design & Production) and a Advanced Diploma of Game Design & Production.

EDUCATION

Bachelor Of Creative Technologies (Digital Film & Televison Production - JMC Academy Melbourne 2010-2012.

Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development -  AIE Melbourne 2021 (Scholarship Student).

Diploma of Screen and Media (Game Design & Production - AIE Melbourne 2020.

Certificate IV in Teaching and Assessment - Inspire Education 2013. (Deprecated/Superseded)

HONOURS AND AWARDS

NOMINATIONS
 

Nominated for Best Student - JMC Academy Melbourne 2010.

Nominated for Best Capstone Game at AIE Melbourne 2021 for Codename: Pariah

AWARDS

Winner of the Outstanding Game Designer Award for the Graduating Class of 2021 at AIE Melbourne

Winner of Best Short Film  at the 2012 Martini Awards for 'Sheets' (Producer)
Winner of The Golden Martini Award (People's Choice) at the 2012 Martini Awards for 'Sheets' (Producer)

 

CONFERENCE/EXHIBITIONS/EVENTS

Attendee:


Games Connect Asia Pacific 2019,
Games Connect Asia Pacific 2020 & 2021 (Online),

Technically Games 2020 & 2021,
Melbourne Esports Open 2019,
PAX Australia 2019,

Global Game Jam 2019

Exhibitor:

PAX Australia 2014.
 

Arts Captain - John Paul Secondary College 2009

Middle School House Captain - John Paul Secondary College 2006

 

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