Hello and thank you for visiting. I’m Marc Zirin and I am proud to share with you some of my greatest passions.
The world is full of undiscovered gold just waiting to be found. Pursuing your dreams uncovers some of the best, but the true reward is the journey turning over every rock. Its the unique experiences that we remember and treasure the most. I love to create enchanting experiences built with cutting-edge technology and traditional tools across all art mediums. 3D Art is my strongest tool to forge lush environments and orchestrate immersive atmospheres. If I can dream it, I can achieve it.
As a 3D artist, I model, texture, light, animate, render, and composite complex 3D scenes from start to finish. My Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Graphics has given me the structure and digital organization that is critical for the stability of sophisticated projects.
The most remarkable work tells a story; further blurring the line between what’s real and what’s virtual. I believe it’s the subtle details that breaths life into unique environments, characters, and objects. My work demonstrates that every location has a unique story to tell because every minute detail has been influenced by the ever-changing weather, age, and decay of the environment. No place was born yesterday, so the materials and substances that create it must be influenced by its history and existence.
View a few examples on my 3D Artist Portfolio. View my Demo Reel for a conglomeration of my best work.
Musical Score Composer
The most effective way of provoking an emotional response through an immersive 3D environment is the accompaniment of ambient background music. This is why stunning immersive graphics are only half of the equation. Sound ambiance is just as equally important to properly establish the mood and character.
Since I was nine years old, I have been playing instruments and writing music. A few of my favorite instruments include: piano, guitar, bass, viola, and synthesizer pads. The music theory connections I have made across various instruments over the years is incredible. Picking up on subtle emotional cues from certain sound frequencies comes naturally to me now.
I prefer chord theory over sheet music. Sheet music tells you exactly what to play, while chord theory tells you the general pathway. Its up to the musician to interpret the music in their own unique style. I feel that it gives more freedom to create something fresh, new, and original every time. The technical aspect of music composing has become a subconscious reflex. This allows me to focus on the development of the object’s personality I’m looking to pronounce.
When I first started composing, I went by the name JeFF ZaBorski but later changed it to Marc Zirin’s 4ZYT to be less confusing. People started to actually believe that there was a whole other person making this music. That can get messy when too many people think a ghost is real. Theres a movie about that.
For any project to achieve the exposure it deserves, reaching a global audience through marketing and advertising is a must. At the early age of fourteen, I programmed my first complete website using HTML and CSS. I had created an online bulletin board forum for my friends and I to keep in close communication about current video games. Since then, numerous websites were created for my various projects and ideas as well as to support colleague endeavors. Over the years I’ve expanded the use and purpose of having a website. Another great tool to add to my arsenal of media development. If I can visualize it, I can build it. Nothing is out of reach.
Whenever I find a moment away from work, I put down my technology and spend some time away in nature. I believe that a healthy work/recreation balance is essential; thus, when I’m not working on my computers, you may find me at the local park, going for a mountain ride in my car, or riding my bicycle through the woods for a good workout and well needed recharge.
One of my side passions is being a chef. I watched my mother cook dinner as I grew up and picked up many tips and tricks. Now I occasionally watch the food network channel just to pick up new techniques on how to manipulate the flavor and texture of the ingredients. Every new type of food that I eat, inspires me to cook new dishes. What better way to enjoy food then to experiment with unstable flavors! I believe the secret to superior food is precise slow cooking using only quality ingredients. You only get out what you put in!
Some of my most memorable dishes was the ten hour homemade tomato sauce with a recipe from the Godfather. A slow cooked burger on the grill, marinated in a sweet & spicy BBQ sauce, smoked with mesquite chips, on a garlic bread bun toasted to perfection. And a five hour matzo ball soup made just the way my Bubbe used to make it. Check out my Recipes & Cooking Blog for how to make some of my favorites.