ABOUT ME

WHO AM I: My name is Toni Bratincevic, I was born in 1977 in the central European country Croatia in town called Split. During my first 20 years I lived in a small town next to Split called Kastel Sucurac. Since a very young age I was always passionate about computer generated art. I remember seeing some of the first rendered images on Amiga 500 computer that my friend had, those were the moments when I started realizing what I want to do in my life. I started my 3D exploration with 3D Studio 2.0 on 486 PC when I was 17 years old. During that time I had black and white monitor and I remember running to my friends place to see my images in color, I was just guessing what colors to use on my home computer. Later I started using POVRay where I produced dozens of images. Since my parents were not able to afford good university for art outside of Croatia, I decided to go to university for Information Science in northern part of the country. During the time when I was studying, I learned on my own everything about 3D graphics, sometimes staying up even until 4pm in the morning to absorb every bit of information I needed. My passion and commitment in the end resulted in good career, working for some of the best Croatian companies and best companies in USA. At the moment, my wife and I are living in Irvine, California. Far away from family and friends but still happy. We were given an opportunity that comes only once in a lifetime, so we followed our instinct and departed on adventure to US. After couple of years of working for one of the best studios in world, Blur, recently I moved to brilliant company called Blizzard, the makers of some of the best games in the world… I still remember playing Starcraft, Warcraft and Diablo when I was young, it was so much fun and today I am actually working for these guys, life can’t be better! :)

THANK YOU: my lovely wife Martina, my baby Dominik and my parents… for everything, you give me everlasting inspiration, support and will to continue on this path, if I didn’t have your by my side I wouldn’t be here for sure, your love is my success in this life, everything else is just pure commodity and you are the essence!

WORKING EXPERIENCE:

2012 – present – Senior Environment modeler in Cinematic’s department at Blizzard Entertainment, Irvine, California
2007 – 2012 – Scene Assembly Lead at Blur Studio, Venice, California
2003 – 2007 – 3D generalist at Vizije s.f.t., a postproduction/production company from Zagreb, Croatia.
2002 – 2003 – freelance 3D Generalist on Tommyvideo project. I’ve produced many animated backgrounds on Volumes 4,5,6
2000 – 2001 – freelance web designer for company Msquadrat. Company was located in Varazdin and we were working on international project called Medstoxx.
1998 – 1999 – freelance 3D animator on VTV (Varazdinska Televizija) in Varazdin.Production of models and assets for commercials.

SCHOOLS:

High school of Electronics in Split - Croatia
Graduated at Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI) in Varazdin - Croatia

SOFTWARE EXPERIENCE

- Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3DSMax, MentalRay, VRay, Renderman, ZBrush, Headus UV Layout, Mari
- Eyeon Fusion, Shake, After Effects, Premiere
- Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fireworks and Dreamwaver, CorelDRAW, HTML and CSS

INTEREST, HOBBIES

Basketball was my favorite sport when I was young and I still enjoy playing it today. I played basketball during elementary and height school for almost 6 years. During that time Michael Jordan was at peak of its career, Chicago Bulls won a few championships and I remember waking up in the morning waiting for NBA games, fun times! Starting around high school and since before I came to US I was a huge fan of Formula 1. During those years Senna was best driver till his last race at Imola, I still remember that race even after 20 years. Later Michael Schumacher came to scene and ruled for years, although I was never a big fan of him, I respected him a lot as a great driver. Over the last few year I became interested in Philosophy, especially continental philosophy, focusing on philosophers like Hegel, Nietzche, Kant and Greeks. I really like lectures from Rick Roderick, Slavoj Zizek, Partially Examined Life podcast and other good sources. What attracted me to Philosophy is just a impressive leaps of reason. Although I find Philosophy very fun, addictive and entertaining, I tend to be more practical person and that's why Science and Astronomy is still my favorite topic! It is just amazing what we as human beings discovered using scientific methods, and how much we know about our world and universe.