Brian Gans' Portfolio
Industry Projects



Drawn to Death (PS4)

- Learned Unity and most all of its functions. Profiling performance and debugging rendering on PS4.
- Worked with programmers to create tools for quickly integrating character costumes.
- Coded custom Unity shaders with geometry manipulation, stylistic expression of lightmaps, decals, grid UV animation, etc.
- Optimized rendering performance of characters and levels.
- Worked with artists to discover optimal asset creation workflow.
- Created animation rigs for the "Hand" character and a few of the weapons.
- Designed one of the levels (Mt. Killmore).
- Created almost all particle effects.
- Created a workflow for converting live-action camera footage to in-game movie texture mapped to a sphere around the player.
- Created many level-based gameplay "gags", and almost all of the tutorial level interactivity via a Unity plugin called Play Maker.

- The below video shows the live-action footage in game, followed by the tutorial level.





Sorcery (PS3)

- Created inventory UI and main menu with supplied graphics in Adobe Flash (now Adobe Animate).
- Displayed dynamically structured images of items in a grid layout.
- Handled controller input.
- Worked with lead programmer to create functions in ActionScript that communicated with UnrealEngine 3 via ScaleForm.






PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3)

- Created some or all particle effects for the levels shown below.
- Worked with level designers and referenced original games to re-create effects in the correct style.
- Greatly exceeded expectations adapting to and working with the particle system editor in the Bluepoint Engine.





PlayStation Home (PS3)

- Integrated furniture items and character clothing items.
- Created thumbnail images, collision, and entered supplied localized text.
- Modified outsource art to ensure items fell within memory and polygon budgets.
- Programmed complex behaviors into some items with Lua Script, including networking and player camera control.
- Created particle effects, some with code driven parameters.
- Created diverse UV scrolling effects using UV layouts on geometry and / or texture grid animation.
- Created furniture items from scratch, some pictured below.



- Created model, effects, and scripting for the dance floor item in the video below.



- Created lava flow and UV flipbook animation effects for the PlayStation Home character costume in this video.



Personal Projects



Unity Mobile Game

- Created in Unity using C# programming and the Android SDK




Paintings, Acrylic on Canvas





Engagement / Wedding Rings


About

Technical Artist / Generalist in the San Diego area.


Programs

- 3DS Max
- Adobe After Effects
- Adobe Animate (Flash)
- CryEngine 2
- Maya
- Perforce
- Photoshop
- Unity
- Unreal Engine 4


Education

- B.S. with Honors in Game Art & Design from The Art Institute of California, San Diego, 2007


Credits

- Drawn to Death (PS4)
        Technical Artist

- inFAMOUS: Second Son (PS3)
        Face Scan Artist

- Knack (PS3)
        Tech Art Support

- ModNation Racers (PS3)
        Cinematic Support

- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3)
        VFX Artist

- PlayStation Home (PS3)
        3D Artist / Programming

- Sorcery (PS3)
        UI Artist / Programming

- The Order: 1886 (PS4)
        Mocap Support

- Twisted Metal (PS3)
        Cinematic Support

- Merchants of Brooklyn / Drug Wars (PC)
        Art Director


Jobs

- The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency
        7-2013 ~ Present
        Technical Artist

- Sony Computer Entertainment America
        8-2009 ~ 7-2013
        3D Artist / Tech Artist

- Paleo Entertainment
        10-2007 ~ 7-2009
        Art Director

- PromoVentures, Inc.
        4-2006 ~ 10-2007
        Photoshop / Flash Artist