Michael Csurics

Personal Info

Full Name

Michael Csurics

Bio

Michael is a voice director, writer, sound artist, and entertainment industry vagabond whose career spans games, film, music, audiobooks and new media. Currently working on Masquerada: Songs and Shadows and Tacoma. Notable past projects include: Bioshock 2, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, N++,Spiderwick Chronicles (audiobooks), and Kidz Bop. Throughout the video game industry Michael is a well-known crusader for pushing the bar in dialogue and voice performance.
He is the founder of the Brightskull Entertainment Group, a for hire production services company providing dialogue and audio solutions exclusively to video game developers. Prior to this Michael was the Dialogue Lead at 2K Marin. Michael contributes extensively to the larger game development community by regularly speaking at industry trade shows, including the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC), and by working on committees for the Game Audio Network Guild (GANG) and the Game Voice Actors Coalition (GVAC).
Additionally, Michael is a magician member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood. He, is a recovering musician, a builder and rider of custom motorcycles, and is a loving husband and father of two who makes his home in Los Angeles, keeps his roots in NYC, and is proud to have been born and raised in the Catskills.

Personal Website

http://m.csurics.com

Country

United States

City

Los Angeles

State

California

Work

Years of Experience

16 years or more

Game platforms you've worked with

iOS, Android, PC/MAC, XBOX 360, XBOX ONE, Playstation 3, Playstation 4

Skills

Sound Designer, Audio Director, Sound Supervisor, Voice Direction, Music Producer, Audio Engineer, Casting Director

Instrument Skills

Guitar, Vocalist, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Hardware Synths

My Awards

2015 Digital Dragons – Best Audio – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2015 Drago D’Oro – Best Independant Game – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2015 GANG* – Best Audio: Independant Game – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2015 Game Developer’s Choice* – Best Audio – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2015 Game Developer’s Choice* – Best Narrative – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2015 DICE* – Adventure Game of the Year – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2015 DICE* – Outstanding Game Direction – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2015 IGF* – Excellence in Audio – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2014 The Game Awards* – Best Indie Game – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2014 Gamespot* – PC Game of the Year – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2014 IGN Best of ’14* – Best PC Game – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2014 IGN Best of ’14* – Best Story – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2012 BAFTA* – Best Story – Bioshock 2
2012 BAFTA* – Best Action Game – Bioshock 2
2011 GANG* – Best Dialogue – Bioshock 2
2010 Spike VGA* – Best Shooter – Bioshock 2
2010 Spike VGA* – Best DLC – Bioshock 2: Minerva’s Den
2009 GANG* – Best Audio Other – Treasure Tunes
2009 GANG* – Most Innovative Use of Audio – Treasure Tunes
2008 RIAA Certified Gold Record – Kidz Bop 13
2007 RIAA Certified Gold Record – Kidz Bop 12
2007 RIAA Certified Gold Record – Kidz Bop 11
2006 RIAA Certified Gold Record – Kidz Bop 10
2006 RIAA Certified Gold Record – Kidz Bop 9
2006 Audie* – The Teahouse on Mulberry Street
2005 ForeWord Magazine Audiobook of the Year – Pinned

Games I've worked on

GAMES:

Creative/Story Department
(in development) Undisclosed AAA Title| |Undisclosded| |Casting & Voice Director
(in development) Tacoma| |Fullbright| |Casting & Voice Director
(in development) Elex| |Pyranha Bytes| |Casting & Voice Director, Adaptive Writer
2016 Masquerada| |Witching Hour| |Casting & Voice Director
2016 Space Run Galaxy| |Passtech| |Casting & Voice Director
2016 Overdrive: Supertrucks| |Anki| |Casting & Voice Director
2016 Farming Simulator 17| |Giants| |Writer
2015 Overdrive| |Anki| |Casting & Voice Director
2015 Band on the Run| |IntenseLife| |Casting & Voice Director
2015 Be Careful What You Wish For| |IntenseLife| |Writer
2014 The Race| |IntenseLife| |Writer
2014 The Vanishing of Ethan Carter| |The Astronauts| |Casting & Voice Director
2014 Etherium| |Focus Home/Tindlos| |Casting & Voice Director
2014 Space Run| |Focus Home/Passtech| |Casting & Voice Director
2013 Star of the South| |MonkeyKing| |Writer
2013 Plants Vs Zombies 2| |Popcap/EA| |Casting Director
2013 The Bureau: XCOM Declassified| |2K Marin| |Casting & Voice Director
2010 Bioshock 2: Minerva’s Den| |2K Marin| |Casting & Voice Director
2010 Bioshock 2| |2K Marin| |Casting & Voice Director
2008 Treasure Tunes| |KidzBop/Razor&Tie| |Creative Director
2008 i-rock| |KidzBop/Razor&Tie| |Creative Director
2004 50 Castles| |RustyAxe| |Casting & Voice Director

Sound Department
(in development) (Unanounced)| NetEase | Sound Design
(in development) (Unanounced)| Zynga | Sound Design
2015 Tacoma| | Fullbright| |Music Producer
2015 Path to Luma| |Phosphor| |Audio Producer
2015 WWE Immortals| |Phosphor| |Audio Producer
2015 N++| |Metanet| |Sound Design
2013 The Bureau: XCOM Declassified| |2K Marin| |Voice Effects
2011 Star Wars the Old Republic| |LucasArts| |Creature Voices
2011 Duke Nukem Forever| |3D Realms| |Creature Voices
2010 Bioshock 2: Minerva’s Den| |Metanet| |Voice Effects
2010 Bioshock 2| |2K Marin| |Voice Effects
2009 The Nameless Mod| |Off Topic Productions| |Dialogue Recording & Editorial
2008 Alone in the Dark | Eden/Atari | Dialogue Recording
2008 TyGirlz: Sudz| |Arkadium/Ty| |Music & Sound Design
2008 TyGirlz: Skeeball| |Arkadium/Ty| |Music & Sound Design
2008 TyGirlz: Shoez| |Arkadium/Ty| |Music & Sound Design
2008 Treasure Tunes| |KidzBop/Razor&Tie| |Music Editing & Sound Design
2008 i-rock| |KidzBop/Razor&Tie| |Music & Sound Design
2007 MS Patterns Puzzler| |Arkadium/WebMD| |Sound Design
2007 Billboard Quiz Bowl| |Arkadium/Billboard| |Sound Design
2007 Fandango Mahjong| |Arkadium/WebMD| |Music & Sound Design
2007 National Geographic Fossil hunt| |Arkadium/NatGeo| |Sound Design
2007 TractorSource| |TractorSource Team| |Sound Design
2007 Rat Race| |SuperEgo/Mako| |Dialogue Editorial
2004 50 Castles| |RustyAxe| |Dialogue Recording
VIDEO:

Sound Department
2015 Downward Hiro| |Sea and Sand| |Short| |ADR Recordist
2013 Chronicles of Syntax| |iDare| |Series| |Rerecording/Supervising Sound
2009 Tom N’ Jerry| |Animated Short| |Music & Sound Design
2009 Accepting Gifts| |Industrial| |Localization
2007 Tooth Fairy| |Plumpface| |Animated Short| |Sound Design
2007 Home Stretch| |Lifefinder Films| |Documentary| |Sound Design
2006 The Persistence of Being| |SWB Films| |Short| |Sound Design
2006 Dog Hate Cat| |Monkey Grip| |Short| |ADR Direction & Sound Design
2005 The Tie| |Laura Theis| |Short| |Music
2005 Telling Tales| |Nine Cats| |Short| |Music & Sound Design
2005 Spare Me| |SWB Films| |Short| |Music
2005 State of the Arts| |SWB Films| |Short| |Music & Sound Design
2004 Morning Paper| |SWB Films| |Short| |Music & Sound Design
2004 Journey to A Great Smile| |LanguageMate| |Industrial| |Localization
2004 Light and the Sufferer| |Christopher Peditto| |Feature| |Sound Design
2002 The Good Fight| |Renderfarm| |Feature| |Sound Design

Art Department
2007 Twisted Sister, Deck the Halls| |Razor&Tie| |Music Video| |Animator
2007 Kidz Bop: Addam’s Family| |Razor&Tie| |Music Video| |Animator
2006 Kidz Bop, Go Christmas| |Razor&Tie| |Music Video| |Animator
Other
2016 Soul Provider| |Slushpile| |Short| |Magic Consultant & Hand Double

AUDIOBOOK:

2005 The Spiderwick Chronicles| |Listen & Live| |Recording & Editing
2005 Bras and Broomsticks| |Listen & Live| |Recording & Editing
2005 Kira Kira| |Listen & Live| |Recording & Editing
2005 My Boyfriend’s Back| |Listen & Live| |Recording & Editing
2005 The Teahouse On Mullberry Street| |Listen & Live| |Recording & Editing
2005 Pinned| |Listen & Live| |Recording & Editing
2005 Voice of the Poet: E.E. Cummings| |Random House| |Restoration
2005 Voice of the Poet: William Carlos Williams| |Random House| |Restoration
2004 Chasing Vermeer| |Listen & Live| |Recording & Editing
2004 Spiderweb For Two| |Listen & Live| |Recording & Editing
2004 Whispering to Witches| |Listen & Live| |Recording & Editing
2004 Don’t Sweat It Guide: Finances| |Listen & Live| |Recording & Editing
2004 Don’t Sweat It Guide: Job Search| |Brilliance Audio| |Recording & Editing
2004 By Order of the President| |Listen & Live| |Recording & Editing
MUSIC:

Production
2010 Almanac, A Fire In The Valley| |Equals M| |Producer & Engineer
2008 Kidz Bop 13| |Razor&Tie| |ECCD Designer
2008 Kidz Bop 11| |Razor&Tie| |ECCD Designer
2006 Kidz Bop 10| |Razor&Tie| |ECCD Designer
2006 Glue, Catch as Catch Can| |Razor&Tie| |ECCD Designer
2006 John Lithgow, Sunny Side of the Street| |Razor&Tie| |ECCD Designer
2005 Art of Shooting EP| |Independent| |Mixing Engineer

Marketing
2008 Kidz Bop 13| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2008 Laurie Berkner, Victor Vito| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2007 Neil Sedaka, Waking Up Is Hard to Do| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2007 Kidz Bop 12| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2007 Kidz Bop 11| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2007 Neil Sedaka, Definitive Collection| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2007 Kelly Sweet, We Are One| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2007 Anjelique Kidjo, Djin Djin| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2006 Twisted Sister, Twisted Christmas| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2006 All That Remains, Fall of Ideals| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2006 Danko Jones, Sleep Is The Enemy| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2006 Kidz Bop 10| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2006 Glue, Catch as Catch Can| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2006 John Lithgow, Sunny Side of the Street| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2006 Kidz Bop 9| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer
2005 Danko Jones, We Sweat Blood| |Razor&Tie| |New Media Producer

Performer
2011 Soy Dracula, Bite This| |Independent| |Guitars
2010 Almanac, A Fire In The Valley| |Equals M| |Words, Lyrics & Performance
2009 Soy Dracula, Wire Recording| |Independent| |Guitars
2009 The Upwelling| |Doghouse| |Additional Guitars

Current Employer

The Brightskull Entertainment Group

Employer's website

http://www.brightskull.com

Current Title

Pricipal, Voice Director, Writer

Previous companies you worked for and job title there (optional)

2K Marin – Dialogue Lead – 2011 to 2012
Dialogue Supervisor – 2009 to 2011

KIDZ BOP, LLC – Video Game Producer – 2007-2008

Razor and Tie Entertainment – New Media Producer – 2006-2008

SWB Films – Sound Supervisor – 2003-2006

Rogue Music – Senior Technician – 2002-2006