Pause Fest 2014

James Profile

Yes Captain founder James Cowen.

Yes Captain, an emerging motion design studio based in Melbourne, will be appearing and presenting at this year’s  Pause Fest after being selected to create the festival ident. Founder James Cowen tell us about his journey into film and motion design.

Back in the mid-nineties, I studied film and TV production at the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University), a time when the internet had just arrived. This piqued my curiosity and before I knew it I was designing and building websites. This led to work in a Brisbane production company, creating videos and multimedia content.

In 2012 I completed a labour of love, The Curse of the Eleanor Crabtree, a 10 minute short film, with about 100 VFX shots, that went on to have its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Short Fest in California. To witness the film before a packed audience was a great thrill. The film went on to screen at other international festivals such as Washington, Seattle and Newport Beach.

The Curse of the Eleanor Crabtree tells the story of a woman cursed by immortality and the extreme steps she takes to be reunited with her murdered fiancé. After 18 months on festival circuit, the film can now be seen on the official website.

Prior to founding my own studio, I freelanced at production houses across Australia, working on projects as varied as Happy Feet 2 and The Killer Elite, ABC’s Giggle & Hoot and The Chaser, music videos for Tim Finn, The Living End and Sleepy Jackson, and live tour graphics for The Big Day Out and Powderfinger.

Yes Captain has been invited to create an ident for this year’s Pause Fest. I will be sharing a little insight into the thinking and approach that went into the making of the ident as well as a general overview of the studio’s work.

With the festival theme of ‘connected’, Yes Captain explored the journey from first touch to emotional response in our data driven lives and contemplated how we might be connected in the future.

Pause is fast becoming an important event on the digital industry’s calendar, important for collaborating, connecting and consuming with all things digital. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people of all levels and experience to learn and be inspired by the latest offerings in the digital and creative industries.

– James Cowen, Yes Captain founder

ACMI Blog readers are offered a 10% discount on Pause Fest passes. To register visit the Pause Fest Event page and enter the promo codes LoveACMI.

Pause Fest takes place at ACMI and across Melbourne from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 February. 

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