Mike Portoghese


I’m a VFX artist in Toronto, with 20 years of experience in both film production and post-production, live music and audio engineering. 

I began my career directing music videos in 2001 and achieved recognition as a prominent music video director with multiple top-10 videos on Much Music and MTV including several MMVA nominations and a win in 2011 for best post-production.

In 2012 I began working as a Compositor at MrX vfx where I had the opportunity to work on dozens of movies and TV series that include Oscar and Emmy winners.  In 2018 I became a Compositing Supervisor until I left to join CINEsite as a Senior Compositor in 2022.

I also started a band in 2010 called the Dying Arts.  What began as a vehicle to play songs I had written live, lead to signing a record deal with a subsidiary of Universal Music, multiple songs charting on both CBC Radio and SIRUS/XM, being represented by United Talent Agency, touring coast to coast and sharing the stage with bands like Weezer, Anti-Flag, Alexisonfire, Good Riddance, Protest the Hero, etc.

I currently live in the east end of Toronto with my wife and two boys.