The Team

We are a team of young entrepreneurs, artists, developers, and storytellers that set out to create a place where we can pursue our passions and bring dreams to life.

Meet the Team

James Zitnik

James Zitnik

Creator and Founder of Faycrest Studios

Hi there! I’m the studio head around these parts. I’m from southeast Michigan. I dabble in a bit of everything as a creative: 2D/3D art, design, project management, writing, you name it. Although, my biggest contribution to the team is making sure they have everything they need to be successful. They are the real magic around here. My favorite games are FF9, FFT, WoW, and SC2.

Roger Sanchez

Roger Sanchez

Illustrator, Student

From southeast Michigan, an egg with a dream of making cool games and beautiful art. I started seriously digitally drawing 5 years ago through self teaching and have used any opportunity to keep investing time into improving. Currently I do Character design, Visual key art and 3D modeling. I have a cat named Poi who I love to death. Favorite games are Persona 3, Devil may Cry 5 and Kingdom Hearts 2 currently. I like eggs.

BillyDon Lasso Lucas

BillyDon Lasso Lucas

Animator, 3D artist, Musician

I’m an animator from Redford, Michigan. I also enjoy working with 3D and creating music. I started experimenting with animation at a young age. I used to make flip book animations with sticky notes in my free time. At Faycrest, I work on character animations and game assets in both 2D and 3D. Some of my favorite games are FF8, FF Tactics, and The Batman Arkham games. I’m also a pretty big fan of VR.

Kristina Szalai

Kristina Szalai

3D artist

Hello My name is Kristina Szalai and I’m a 3D artist here at Faycrest. I work primarily on modeling environment props. I grew up in southeast Michigan and went to school at Eastern Michigan University. I have been doing 3D modeling for about 7 years. Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with my pets, and of course playing games. Some of my favorite games over the years have been Mario Party 4 & 6, Portal 2, We Happy Few, and BattleBlock Theater.

Maia Brake

Web programmer, game programmer

Hello everyone. I’m Maia and I work with both website and game programming. While I’m mainly a programmer, I can also work with website design. While I enjoy working on games, I also just enjoy playing them. My favorites would have to be Danganronpa, Dead by Daylight, and Apex Legends, but I enjoy pretty much all types of games.

Nana Metcalf

2D artist

Howdy, howdy! My name is Nana Metcalf, and I work on concepting and storyboarding. I was raised in Midland, Michigan and I got attached to anime and manga early on. I love procrastinating and cycling through the same 10 interests every 5 months. My favorite games include OFF, Yume Nikki, and Undertale.

Jared Ricks

Game Programmer

Hello! My name is Jared Ricks. I love to code, especially for games. I also have a great interest in math. I’m very passionate about games with interesting storytelling and game design. Some of my top picks for games are Minecraft, Mother 2, Binding of Isaac, and Team Fortress 2.

Alanna Cooley

concept artist, student

Hi, my name is Alanna Cooley! I make concept art here at Faycrest. I am a comic book artist that’s working on my own comic book series, but got into making concepts back in 2019. I am originally from Long Island, New York, but moved to Canton, Michigan when I was six years old and have lived here ever since. My dream job is to be a comic book creator at Marvel Entertainment, I have been a fan since I was younger-growing up watching Marvel movies and shows. Something I do for fun; I like drawing, writing, cooking and playing video games. Fav games are Sims4, Minecraft, Fnaf, DownHill Domination, Jurassic Park The Game, Pokemon, etc.

Amanda Brodzik

Illustrator, Student

Hello, my name is Amanda and I’m an artist from Southeast Michigan. I’ve been a creator ever since I can remember, and now I’ve made it my career! I am currently a concept artist as well as illustrator? On top of digital art, I really enjoy painting with watercolors as well as any other crafts I can attempt to master. Some of my favorite games consist of Animal Crossing, Katamari, Harvest Moon, Minecraft, Kingdom Hearts, and Overwatch..

Michael Lopez

Michael Lopez

Technical Artist

Hello! I’m Michael, and I’m a programmer and 3D artist from Ferris. I became a computer technician during my last year of high school, and decided to join a Game Dev program to learn more about programming. My mentors got me hooked on art, but I still managed to take all of the software development classes at the same time, and now I combine those skills every day. While I work on a good amount of our 3D freelance projects, I also focus on our VFX for inhouse projects.
I absolutely love VR, it’s one of my greatest passions right now, if I have a free minute and I’m not making something myself, I am playing BeatSaber or Pavlov. Though for flatscreen games I do love Valorant, Dishonored, and RocketLeague.

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