Maciej Kuciara has established himself as a go-to talent for awe-inspiring concept art. Originally hailing from Poland, Maciej quit university to create artwork for tabletop games, then landed jobs at video game developers People Can Fly (Painkiller), Crytek (Crysis) and Naughty Dog (The Last of Us), and then worked on movies including the Ghost in the Shell remake, Blade Runner 2049 and Terminator: Dark Fate.
Most recently, Maciej unleashed his short film “Showtime,” a painstakingly accurate homage to classic animes Akira and Ghost in the Shell. He tells Chris about his life behind the Iron Curtain, his love of role-playing games and anime, how working hard on major games and movies helped him bring his incredible vision to life — and his plans for its future.
6:26 Say hello to Maciej
9:09 Maciej’s career inspiration
13:45 Discovering Akira and Ghost in the Shell
17:46 Going to (and quitting) college
25:53 Becoming a full-time artist
32:56 Working on Painkiller and Crysis
40:10 Moving to Naughty Dog
51:01 Ghost in the Shell offer
56:50 The origins of “Showtime”
1:05:50 “Showtime’s” sound design
1:15:13 How to create great work