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MAKE IT: Session Highlights

With just a few more weeks to go, our pre-conference sessions at MAKE IT on 2 August are fast filling up. Grab a seat for some of the most interesting seminars, workshops and lab sessions and supercharge your skills.

We have an excellent line up of international speakers for the most awaited creativity conference of the year, MAKE IT, who will touch upon a variety of topics. Hear from creative leaders on hot industry topics, get inspired by their stories or simply learn from the masters at the lab sessions. Find out what’s new in the world of  design, web and video and learn best practices from those who are breaking barriers in the realm of creativity and design.

Here are a few of them to pique your interest:

Expressive Lettering with Gemma O’Brien

Join Australian artist Gemma O’Brien for a hands-on workshop that will teach you how to create expressive and dynamic lettering pieces. Gemma will begin with live demos of brush script and experimental ink techniques, before moving into methods of combining illustration and text as one.

Expressive Lettering Gemma O’Brien

Gemma O’Brien is an Australian designer specialising in lettering, illustration and typography. Over the past 10 years, she has taken her passion for typography and built a flourishing career around drawing letters. She has collaborated with international brands including QANTAS, Audi, Volcom, Heineken, Nike and The New York Times.

Photoshop Training Channel with Jesús Ramirez

In this lab, Jesús Ramirez will demonstrate how creatives can use Adobe’s ecosystem to speed up their workflow and create more visually appealing images using 3D objects while lowering the learning bar for beginners. You will discover easy but efficient workflows between Photoshop, CC libraries, Adobe Stock, Project Felix, and Fuse CC. Examples include using Adobe Stock templates to jump-start any creative project quickly. Using Photoshop alongside Adobe Stock, Fuse CC, and Project Felix to create stunning 3D images without elaborate workflows or knowledge of traditional 3D tools.

Photoshop Training Jesús Ramirez

Jesús Ramirez is a digital graphics expert, speaker, and educator specializing in Adobe Photoshop. He is an Adobe Community Professional, and a content creator for the Adobe Creative Cloud Blog. Jesús is best-known as the founder of the Photoshop Training Channel, one of the most popular Photoshop YouTube channels in the world.

VFX and Vampires by Daniel Bavell and Martin Rowley, Supervixen

What’s the best way to visualise a vampire’s memory transmission? Which visual style can complement a film about Frankenstein’s monster? How can main titles sum up the concept of a film in 10 seconds without giving the entire plot away? Supervixen have brought to life a range of complex VFX/GFX shots, title designs and other work on major Hollywood productions such as “Underworld: Blood Wars”, “I, Frankenstein”, “The Vatican Tapes” or “American Pastoral.” In this session you’ll gain insights into their daily motion design challenges, their creative process and hear their stories behind some of their most interesting projects up to date.

Daniel Bavell Supervixen

Daniel Bavell, Director/Co-Founder, Supervixen Studios has worked with companies such as Ambience, The LaB Sydney and Animal Logic where he has developed a broad palette of skills covering conceptual art for film and television, art direction, animation and a strong understanding of campaign development. Daniel’s catalogue of work also includes designing and art directing the titles and VFX of the feature films The Boy, Dying Breed, I, Frankenstein, The Vatican Tapes and Underworld: Blood Wars.

Morten Rowley, Supervixen Studios

Morten Rowley, Director/Co-Founder, Supervixen Studios, started out his career in fine arts, going on to working with film makers as a story board and concept artist, then moved into realtime 3D animation, programming and motion design. Morten was the character designer of the now infamous Wrigley’s chewing gum characters, the Scion ‘Transformer’ robot design, and many other high end conceptual installations. Recent projects with Daniel Bavell at Supervixen include directing TVCs, Art Directing for IBM, creating visual identities for documentaries, Art direction and VFX for the Films American Pastoral, The Boy, Vatican Tapes, Underworld – Blood Wars and the upcoming film ‘Kin’. As well as an artwork featured at VIVID Lights Festival in Sydney.

Art and Technology Behind Wildlife Photography by Sudhir Shivaram

Wildlife photography is a unique genre which requires a lot of subject knowledge to be a better photographer. We need to understand the art aspect to make pleasing images. Due to the nature of our subjects and surroundings one may not be able to get everything right in the field. This session will touch upon the role that technology plays in this genre of photography.

Wildlife Photography Sudhir Shivaram

Sudhir Shivaram is one of India’s most respected and renowned wildlife photographers. A long and lucrative career in the IT industry did not diminish Sudhir’s passion for photography but on the contrary, ensured that he never lost touch with his wild side. So much so that he bid adieu to the corporate jungle to spend more time in the real one.

Things We Wished We’d Known with Michaela Webb and Christopher Doyle

Creative journeys can be long and winding, short and sharp, up and down. Everyone’s path is different. Our industry–the tools we use, what’s expected of us, what we expect–has changed so much in the last ten years. Should our approach to creative careers be changing too?
Join Michaela Webb, Creative Director of Studio Round and Christopher Doyle, Creative Director of Christopher Doyle & Co. for an indepth discussion and Q&A session as they analyse their creative journeys; what went wrong, what went right and what they believe is crucial for everyone, no matter where they are on their creative path.

Chris Doyle,Christopher Doyle & Co. is an internationally recognised designer with over 15 years experience. He has worked at some of Australia’s leading brand and design agencies. His work has won numerous local and international awards, been used as the basis for educational material in Europe and the United States and appeared in feature articles for Desktop, Creative Review and Grafik Magazine. He also once found a piece of Nutri-Grain that looked like E.T. then sold it on eBay for a thousand dollars. True story.

Michaela Webb Studio Round

Michaela Webb Creative Director, Studio Round is an internationally recognised designer with over 20 years experience. Her work has won numerous local and international awards, and appeared in feature articles for Idea Magazine, IDN and Visuelle. As the co-founder and creative director of Round, a design company based in Melbourne, she is responsible for creatively leading the studio’s diverse projects.
She has sat on the council for the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) as joint President for 3 years and was a member of the Design Victoria Advisory Board to State Government.

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