What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
Massive Attack’s 2016 shows were exciting because I like the band and always enjoy working on live music shows. On this I worked with creative director Ben Kreukniet, Tiemen Rapati (senior designer) and Lewis Kyle White on content and design.
I also liked the Nike ‘Unlimited You’ and ‘Strike Night’ projects, as both were so technical with lots of different aspects. ‘Unlimited You’ was an experiential fitness event curated by the brand. I worked with Alexandros Tsolakis and on-site with Chris Simcock (from d3), Micheal Edwards and Lewis Kyle White again. I did the lighting and content workflow and designed the d3 projects for each of the three different rooms, which contained a mixture of lighting, projection, LED and laser effects. I also did quite a lot of design work with Alexandros, such as producing renders. Then on-site I was did some d3 operating, programmed the lighting and helped set everything up.
For ‘Strike Night’ we worked with agency AKQA and again I worked closely with Maximo, technical manager Scott Miller, Andrea Cuius (d3 programmer) and game mechanic programmer Jack Webber.
What skills are essential to your job?
Being able to learn new things quickly. I regularly have to figure out how to use new software and technology that I’ve come across before. Over the last year I have worked with d3, Notch and BlackTrax quite a lot, as well as many other custom systems for projects such as ‘Strike Night’.
Do you run any self-initiated projects alongside your job?
At the moment I’m helping organise Kallida, which is a music and art festival that’s happening at the end of July at Baskerville Hall in Wales. I’m mainly looking over the technical production. I used to do set design for music events and festivals but that’s died down a bit recently.
What tools do you use most for your work?
I use d3 for visualising projects, video and lighting playback; Cinema 4D and Autocad for 3D design and drawings; Adobe CC; My laptop; Projectors; LEDS; experiential technologies…It’s a long list!