Interview with Digital Media Expert Ryan Bramwell
Ryan Bramwell, Creative Director of Spillt, will be speaking at @madelife for an Ello-sponsored Caffeinated Mornings talk February 5th in Boulder. Come listen, sip coffee, and connect with some of the most innovative creatives in the greater Boulder/Denver area, all before breakfast. Because...
We’ll have Ello stickers and hats waiting for you.
And Ryan will be there. And he has done some cool shit. For those of you who can’t make it, here’s a brief interview with the man behind monitor. For those of you attending: Get excited.
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2000 21st Street, Boulder, CO 80302
How did you get into the digital animation and design world?
I began drawing when I was 3 and never looked back. It is the only thing I have ever been good at. I went to Art Institute of Colorado. At first I wanted to get into Video Game design, but as soon as I picked up After Effects and learned of this industry called Broadcast Design, I never looked back. The first job I obtained I literally called them every other day for two weeks to get an interview. I guess my passion (or annoyance) paid off! I love that this industry has a fast paced turnover and I can work in many styles. I have worked in NYC and LA firms ranging from all sorts of sizes and then opened Spillt in 2006.
Spillt works with some big names - Nat Geo, Comedy Central, Verizon - how did you get the opportunity to work with these organizations?
It had started with partnerships (reps and past connections) we had when we first started out. We wanted to immediately do projects bigger and better than we thought we could, although we also knew we had to prove ourselves - and still are. Thankfully the partnerships worked out. These organizations specifically have a ton of content creation. We knew that they were always looking for partners on both big and small jobs. So we started on the small projects and 8 years later these partnerships have grown to larger projects.
What are some of your favorite emerging technologies?
Personally, I’m interested in 360 VR, Interactive video walls and Dome projections The rest of the team is super interested in Octane and VRay render engines and high end particle systems, which are evident in some recent work.
Can you offer any tips to our readers for keeping the creative juices flowing and staying inspired?
This is a big one. To be honest, last year I felt burnt out and found myself looking for ways to reinvigorate my inspiration. I have found lately staying inspired comes from the passions of those around me. As humans, I believe we all feed of each other's energy. So surround yourself with those you feel have more passion, talent, energy, emotion and skill than you have. To get the creative juices flowing I would highly recommend putting the digital down and going analog.
Do you have a nugget of advice for anyone who’s interested in pursuing animation or digital design?
Learn proper design / illustration / typography skills from the time before the computer. There is an intrinsic focus and talent that our predecessors obtained that is easily overlooked with our ease of use in technology. Software-wise: Know Adobe After effects and a 3D/compositing software proficiently.
One of the reasons we sponsor Caffeinated Mornings is because we want to grow and connect creatives and their networks. Can you comment on the importance of connecting the creative community?
Connecting and collaborating are the foundational aspects of Spillt and a focus on our upcoming discussion. Without giving too much away, our industry has gone through a period of fragmentation and has begun to come back together in some very amazing ways. In the industry of commercial art, we are all salespeople and we get it immediately when someone is selling us. So don't sell. Be genuine. Find common interests. Connect unprofessionally first. The rest naturally follows if you have the skill, passion and desire.
Why should people come to your Caffeinated Mornings talk, other than to throw roses at you?
HA! I am actually a bit nervous that other things don't get thrown my way! I want us to take a real look at the word "Collaboration": Its use and overuse, its nature as a sales tool, when it works amazingly within internal teams or clients and even when it purely just does not work. I hope at least we can discuss what this means and where we can go with it as artists and business owners, without the "hey look at us, we collaborate" sort of topic. I also hope to learn from each other's viewpoints as this is truly a topic that is constantly evolving for myself personally.
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