CREATIVE: Over the last 20 years, I have worked on 3 block buster Marvel movies and over 30 video games, 8 of which charted in the No1 slot.
I've been lucky enough to have worked with huge brands like J.K Rowling, Warner Bros, Sony and Microsoft to name just a few.
I have always been passionate about entertainment and digital experiences and even worked on an award winning coffee machine for Costa.
What these projects have in common is that they are all the best in their field. I challenge myself and others to push boundaries and deliver above expectations, to grow ourselves and the field we work in.
BUSINESS: I've been involved in the running of several businesses over the years, my most notable success being visual design studio, Atomhawk.
I formed the company in the 2009 recession and built it up from a team of 4, to an international leading brand with studios in the UK and Canada. The business has won 8 awards to date and I am proud to have been listed in both the UK top 100 people in video games and also in the top 100 in digital media.
In June 2017, I negotiated the acquisition of Atomhawk by Sumo Digital and I joined their management team. In December 2017 we floated the combined group on AIM as Sumo Group PLC
LEADERSHIP: I have led a wide range of teams, from small proof of concept groups to large development teams spread across multiple locations.
As a start up founder to mature business CEO, I have worn every hat in the organisation, doing whatever was needed to grow into a mature business: overseeing projects, creative direction, production, finance, account management, business development.
I found my passion in growing people, inspiring the creative teams, building key client relationships and setting our business strategy.
I managed to successfully build studios in the UK and Canada. When I sold the business in 2017, I kept my group focused to then go through a successful IPO.
I will be taking the audience through the creative processes I used for games like Mortal Kombat X and the Marvel Movies Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers to develop a unique visual style. How to conceive an art style, refine it and the tools that can be used to describe the style to the rest of a team to get them all aligned with your vision.
I also cover the difference between different art style options and how each has their own benefits and pitfalls. I also cover different project types and how a different approach to the art can help manage delivery times and budgets.
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I’ve been to every single Develop in the last 12 years. One thing you get here is networking - you will meet the most amazing individuals in the video games industry.
I really like Develop, I really like the intimacy of it and I love the location.. there’s a good diversity of talks going on so there hasn’t been a time when there’s nothing I want to see.
It’s really nice to see some of the younger people in our studio come to Develop, interact with other people in the dev community and make new contacts. I think it’s really important to learn from other people.
Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
Develop always gets put in the diary. There are many reasons to be here, not just the talks, but the networking, people exchanging ideas about where the industry is right now and where it’s going to. It’s pretty essential to be here I think.
Ian Livingstone, CBE
I’ve felt a big passion here at Develop!
Develop is a really great way to network, it’s also great for going to talks and finding that little tip that you didn’t know before and thinking – oh I’ll bring that back to the team!
A lot of the opportunities that come from being here are speaking to other developers who are doing exactly the same thing as you. And there are some good parties – it’s very much a pleasurable work experience!
We are so lucky to have Develop here in the UK. It’s a unique event where you can come and discover new things with people who care passionately about video games. It’s a sea full of new ideas.
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