I'm a curious and devout digital puppeteer or if you'd prefer, a 3d generalist. Born in Nakuru, Kenya I moved to Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.) in 2002. I work at Kennesaw State University with the video production team of 3 full time staff members and 10 students. Our department cranks out projects ranging from department promos, campus initiatives, commercial spots for the university and sports graphic packages. Thank you for checking out my portfolio.

Michael Leitmann

Digital Artist & Animator


Learning and developing a diverse suite of skills in my career as a digital artist to continue creating entertaining and creative content for film, television and the web.


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts; Dramatic Media/Animation within Film Studies, The University of Georgia 2009.
  • New Media Certificate within The New Media Institute Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Georgia 2009.


Kennesaw State University

Multimedia Specialist

Kennesaw GA. May 2010-Present

  • Developed a linear workflow in my Maya projects as well as learned to use HDR image based lighting to create more appealing and efficient renders.

  • Help design and produce two commercial spots for Kennesaw State University.

  • Create a promotional short for athletics. Modeled 3d logos from illustrator files and animated them through custom built environments to showcase the new logos using Maya and Mental ray.

  • Developed a new department website using bootstrap 3.0 and learned to use php to feed our client form submissions directly into our project managemnet system, streamling our incoming requests for the different services we offer.

  • Create opening sequences and graphic elements for a number of video projects coming through the Audio Visual Technology Services production pipeline.

Freelance work at Turner Studios

Freelance Animator

Summer 2009 Atlanta, GA

Client: Ben Ten; Alien Force feature film.

  • 3d camera tracking using Boujou. Tracked live actions shots to 3d cameras in Boujou and set up scenes for Maya effects and Character animation.
  • Client: TNT Sports & ORAD

  • Create low poly MLB team logos and studio elements for reel time "on the air" animation.
  • Client: Star Wars Clone Wars

  • Character rigging for the SWCW promotional shorts pending the awaited SWCW season 2.

Film and Web Design: New Media Institute

Camera Man, Photographer & Webdesigner

Spring 2009 Athens, GA

Capstone Class project Client; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service SE.

  • Went out to three wildlife refuges in the South East and filmed a series of short promotional video's to get youth to come out and visit the wildlife refuges.
  • Worked under Clate Sanders in editing the video footage as well as designing a flash website in which we showed off our project at the 2009 New Media Institute Tech Turn Around.