New Modality Catalyst:
Michael Middleton, Worldbuilder
Profile edited by Michael J. Seidlinger
Photo courtesy of Matthew Cerisano
Last update: May 11th, 2020
Michael T. Middleton currently serves as the creative director for SeedBolt Studios, where he drives world building, character design, and creative development projects for the firm. He is a photographer and author of plays, graphic novels, and small-release art books; his play George the Fourth appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival. His short film, The Show Lives Here, appeared in regional festivals as well. More recently, he wrote the eBook A Game Lover's Tour of New York City: A City Guide to Inspire the Love of Game Creation & Playing), which we excerpted in the very first print issue of The New Modality.
This one is a toss-up. SeedBolt is producing a game called Howdy, Jacob, that combines puppets with a beautiful artistic (and dystopian) world. It has been an absolute pleasure to work on, and to see a world I conceived begin to turn into a game. I am also working on a year-long photo, video, and mixed media project with the actor Tommy Walters that follows a single character real-time through the events of the year. It has been a lot of fun so far, and the unique challenges 2020 has brought have added a lot of unexpected depth to our challenges. I am also in the early stages of an opera collaboration with my friend, the extraordinary pianist Michael Noble. Very excited about the possibilities there. Half the libretto is in Latin, and my Latin is quite rusty. That's been an adventure.
“I am passionate about the ongoing exploration of how little effort is sometimes required to produce positive outcomes.”
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This profile was edited by Michael J. Seidlinger, print and digital producer at The New Modality.