Neumann in 2013
|Born||April 16, 1982|
|Updated October 10, 2019|
Mikey Neumann (born April 16, 1982) is an American YouTuber and video game writer. He is known for the channel FilmJoy, where he posts the film criticism series Movies with Mikey. The series aims to celebrate the positive elements of movies and was nominated for an Emmy in 2017 in the Outstanding Informational Series or Special category.
Prior to his work on YouTube, Neumann worked in the video game industry as a creative director and writer on games including Brothers in Arms, Borderlands and Borderlands 2. He worked at Gearbox Software for 16 years, ultimately earning the title "chief creative champion", before departing the company as a result of health issues.
Neumann began working in the video game industry at the age of 19. He left college after one year to do quality assurance on Gearbox Software's PlayStation 2 port of Half-Life, becoming a full-time texture artist in 2001, a year later. He went on to write, provide voice acting, and serve as creative director or associate creative director for games including the Brothers in Arms series, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Borderlands. For Borderlands, Neumann provided motion capture, and voiced the character Scooter. He also wrote comics for the series, including the prequel Borderlands: Origins.
When pre-orders for Borderlands became available, Neumann tweeted "Twitter me a screen of you buying the game and I'll play BLs with you and give you loot." When the tweet was picked up by gaming news website Kotaku, the popularity of the tweet exploded, with more than 200 players tweeting their game receipts. As a result, Neumann spent more than 3 days playing the game, grouping up with each player and giving them in-game weapons. In 2014, Neumann gave the keynote talk at PAX Prime. Alongside developers from other game studios, he created a card for Magic 2015, titled Chasm Skulker.
In 2016 Neumann, then in the position of 'chief creative champion', was announced as the lead writer on the upcoming Borderlands 3. He left Gearbox Software in June 2017 as a result of ongoing health issues, stating that "Everything is 1,000,000% amicable with Gearbox. I physically just can't do the work anymore", and opened a Patreon account to crowdfund his YouTube videos. Neumann assisted with the Borderlands 3 trailer.
In 2010, Neumann created a web series alongside Anthony Burch called Anthony Saves The World. He started a film criticism series titled Movies with Mikey in 2014 on the Chainsawsuit Original YouTube channel (now titled FilmJoy), in collaboration with Kris Straub. The videos focus on the positive elements of movies, celebrating and highlighting aspects of those movies Neumann enjoyed. He described the impetus for the series as a desire for people "to feel good about the things they like, as opposed to feeling attacked all the time" and he aims to bring something new to viewers' opinion of the film, such as framing John Wick in a mythological context. After leaving Gearbox Software in 2017, Neumann began funding the series via Patreon alongside a move to becoming a full-time YouTuber. 5 days after his Patreon opened, more than 1,300 fans were pledging money each month to fund his videos.
Neumann envisioned Movies with Mikey as being focused on films which were reviewed negatively in the 1990s and 2000s, providing viewers with a deeper appreciation for them. When the first videos received few views, he refocused the series. His video on The World's End received considerably more attention, including being shared and commented on by the film's director and cast. Movies with Mikey has since covered movies and television shows, including 10 Cloverfield Lane, Princess Mononoke, and Stranger Things. The series was nominated for an Emmy in 2017, in the Outstanding Informational Series or Special category.
Neumann suffered a stroke while playing games at the Gearbox Software office in October 2011, resulting in him being hospitalized for nine days. Doctors diagnosed Neumann with multiple sclerosis. Following auto-immune failure as a result of his condition, Neumann was hospitalized again in 2017. Neumann is asexual.
|2005||Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30||Writer|
|2005||Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood||Writer and Story Director|
|2007||Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway||Writer|
|2012||Borderlands 2||Co-writer and Creative Director|
|2013||Aliens: Colonial Marines||Writer|
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