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Team Introduction: Jaromir Cisar, Animator

Today we will introduce Jaromir Cisar, our animator, who gives life to all the art! Let’s hear his story!

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What do you do in Mingle Games?

I handle animator post in Mingle Games. My main purpose is to bring all characters, creatures, background and foreground to life and to prepare them to be an entertaining segment of our games.

That is great, otherwise it would be very boring! Do you like working here and why?

Of course I like working here. I am fortunate to be in the team composed of equally excited people with passion for games.

Sounds like a dream team. Why did you choose to work in a gaming company?

Because I’ve played games since I can remember and now I have a chance to actually create them, be a part of the process. So the circle is complete now :-)

Yes and your knowledge of games is always very useful. What were you doing before?

I was a freelancer since before I finished university. I had all kinds of jobs: TV and web ads, short animated series, signature tunes etc. but I also tried working outside creativity like a postman or a receptionist.

Interesting life experience! How does your typical day look like?

I wake up at 7:45am, have breakfast, take a tram to Mingle Games main base and from 9:00am to 5-6:00pm I create awesome animations, with a lunch break, of course. Then I go home, have dinner, take some exercise, work on my own animation projects or go out with my friends.

You indeed create awesome animations! Where do you find your motivation?

It is very simple – I love animation. I like to create something that entertains people around me. I like to involve my friends into my projects, for voice acting or „motion capture“ for my characters. I like to make up stories, situations, and interesting heroes. My inspiration comes from many games, movies and books that I have played, watched or read during my life.

Just what we need. What is your favorite game?

I like to play adventures or survival horror games most of all. Probably my most favorite adventure game is Little Big Adventure 2, survival horror Resident Evil and Silent Hill series. As for the newer games it is definitely Alien Isolation. Creators of this game managed to transform the immense atmosphere of Ridley Scott’s Alien movie (which is my favorite movie).

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Most of us loves horrors here, so you fit in greatly. Can you tell us more about yourself? Where are you from, what are your activities outside work, etc.?

I am from Prague 3 – Žižkov, I’ve lived here almost my entire life. Outside work I constantly create my animated movies, think about new stories and characters, and go out with my friends to the cinema, pub or concerts. At night I put on my super hero costume and save Prague from evil forces :-)

So you are the famous Animan? Anything else you want to add?

Well, I think I wrote all that is to know about me. My darkest secrets and, of course, the position of my super hero cave I will keep for myself :-)

Thank you for great insight. We all now feel safer knowing there is a superhero fighting the crime! Next week we will introduce another member of our team.

Team Introduction: Jakub Vykoukal, Graphics Artist

Today we are introducing our extremely talented artist Jakub Vykoukal! Let’s see what he has to say!

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 What do you do in Mingle Games?

I’m concept and game artist, which means I’m creating the whole visual side of the game from sketch to final asset. It includes to cooperate closely with Game Designer and try to realize his ideas with pinch of my own spice.

Very interesting. Do you like working here and why?

Yes, I do. I like the approach of the company like ,,nothing but the best’’ which is really motivating and it’s making you to always try to do your best, because other guys are doing awesome job there… You also provided me an excellent hardware and software support. Thank you.

You’re welcome! We are glad that you are happy. Why did you choose to work in gaming company?

Well, I like games, but it’s not the main thing leading me there. I chose game industry because I like the feeling of providing people something they can enjoy, something that can make them happy or evoke some emotions. And when they tell you they really like the mood, the atmosphere or even jokes you put in, that’s the biggest satisfaction.

That is perfect motivation! What were you doing before?

I was working in advertising agency as graphic designer, which didn’t really suit me well. But it was an experience.

Glad you found job you like. How does your typical day look like?

Well, alarm clock on 7:15 …  7:20, 7:25, 7:30 until I finally wake up at 8:00. Quickly dress up, catch the tram and start my romantic public transport breakfast (-need to get up earlier tomorrow). Arriving to the office, checking mailbox and sketching, drawing, painting, and doing all this kind of stuff until the evening. Then I get back home and relax with movies, games, or some outdoor activity. When relaxed enough – set alarm clock on 7:15 and go to sleep.

Looks like lots of struggle to wake up haha. Where do you find your motivation?

In industry professionals, which includes Concept Art, Game Art and Illustration. They are forcing me to always try to improve my skills and learn from them.

 

Jakub Working

 

So you set your goals high, huh? What is your favorite game?

Baseball. But if you mean a PC game, it would probably be Mafia 1 and World of Warcraft, which I forbade to myself. Guess you all know why :) I’m also a big fan of Clash of Clans and 100 Floors.

Good games! Can you tell us more about yourself? Where are you from, what are your activities outside work, etc.?

Sure, I was born in Prague, Czech Republic where I’m currently living as well. I studied advertisement and graphic design and started to draw the first sketches digitally. That was the first time I discovered concept art and all this industry and I fell in love with it immediately. So I started to learn all I could about it and practice every day. And I still do, it’s like a never ending journey.

Beside that I really like skiing, trying to go to the gym (once per month) and also trying to learn cooking – I would say I’m something like level 2 apprentice, which means pretty good spaghetti and frozen pizza.

That looks like awesome journey! If you have the same drive for cooking like you have for art, you will be soon new Auguste Gusteau! Anything else you want to add?

Thank you for this opportunity and see you on the field! :)

We thank you for such a talented person to join our team! Thank you for this great chat! Let’s see next week who we will introduce!

Team Introduction: Roman Hodek, Game Designer

This week we are introducing our game and level designer Roman Hodek! Make some noise!

Roman Outside

What do you do in Mingle Games?

Game and level design. I do work on games, but I do also work on myself – making it all better. I also do clean dishes, but only those I have used.

You look like a neat person!

Do you like working here and why?

I certainly do! It is not only that I enjoy making games. It is also the fact that I enjoy effective work flow, competent coworkers and open-minded and creative atmosphere. These things are not granted, and I do prize them highly in Mingle Games.

It is great that you appreciate these things.

Why did you choose to work in gaming company?

Mingle Games is not my first gaming company. Originally, when I finished High school, I was looking up some job offers and I found an offer to become Level Designer in mobile gaming company.

It actually didn’t occur to me beforehand that I might be able to get such an awesome job. It can be said that it was something beyond my dreams. I was enthusiastic for computer games since my earliest age, and the affection never left me. It might have been helped by the fact that I haven’t had direct access to up-to-date computers for most of my childhood, so the magic never had chance to become something ordinary to me.

In the early 2000’s, the Czech gaming industry was quite thin, so the offer was a surprise. I dared to apply and made it in – Stayed in the industry ever since. I worked for companies as Disney Mobile, Pixalon, Lonely Sock, Lipa Learning and Geewa.

So you having your dream job huh? Great for you!

How does your typical day look like?

I wake up in the morning and race for the intercity bus, where I fall asleep again.

I try to read during the subway ride, but boy, are the trains sometime overcrowded – I can hardly even hold the book in front of me. Except Fridays, where there is hardly anybody around, which I don’t get as it’s still a working day. Is there some sacred Friday cult I should know about?

Anyway, I get to the work and the first thing I do is read the notes from previous day – a list of things to do today. If they still make sense in my fresh eyes I commence the work. Generally, it’s:

– coordinating the progress with others

– finding design solutions for our game projects

– properly describing design solutions in the various document, management, table and flowchart editors at our disposal

– making game levels in our level editor

At the end of working day, I assess the progress and make list of things to do next.

Try to read in subway.

Try not to sleep in bus and play games or read there instead.

At home, I pat the dog. Then I’m instantly charged by the force of nature that is my son. I play with him for few hours, then try and fail to get him into bed, alas he is indefatigable.

When the kid is finally unconscious, I have a healthy chat with my lovely wife and scramble an hour or two for some of my hobbies, being it painting miniatures, game playing or some general media consumption.

When wolf howls remind me of the night, I dream…

Wow, that was impressively detailed!

Roman Table

Where do you find your motivation?

With the type of work I’m doing, it almost feels like the motivation finds me! It is the fact that I like doing what I’m doing and that I can do it well that is so gratifying.

Speaking generally, I want to enjoy the time I was given on Earth. I’m motivated by the prospect of calm and good life. Like a proper hobbit.

Bilbo is that you?

What is your favorite game?

This prize needs to go to the original Fallout. No other game had enchanted me so completely. It’s a bit funny, because technically speaking, the game is broken on many levels. But it’s the hearth that counts at the end.

Fallout is indeed awesome game!

Can you tell us more about yourself? Where are you from, what are your activities outside work, etc.?

Originally I’m from Prague, but currently live in small Bohemian city of Mělník. I enjoy walks in nature and industrial areas like a river ports and old factories. I might be a bit of a romantic, but was never properly diagnosed. I enjoy literature and gaming of all types, model making, ice hockey, good movies… and sometimes bad movies. Music! You know how it goes.

But really, my heart and soul belong to my wife Petra and son Richard. Ain’t it sweet?

It is sweet! And you have very rich life.

Anything else you want to add?

Yeah… Don’t drink glowing water.

We will certainly not drink it! Thank you for sharing your things with us! Next week we will introduce another member of our team!