How far that little drive-thru sign throws his beams! So shines a value menu in a hungry world.
May 25th at 3:18am
In 2014, I once again had the opportunity to get my hands dirty in the development and execution of CalArts' most cherished tradition. The annual graduation ceremony, known for it's lack of formality, is a CalArts original that dates back to the very first graduating class. Driven by bold themes and creative choices made by students for students, this year's celebration took the form of a martian invasion, a nod, in part, to the term "CalArtian."
I took on the role of creative consultant, focussing on minor enhancements and creative logistics. This year, a decision was made to transition event announcement duties to from deans and administrators to a single voiceover artist. I took the lead on securing talent as well as developing the dialogue flow for the entire event. Additionally, I took the reigns on developing a "tag" for the end of the ceremony. Unlike other institutions, there are no hats to toss, thus we devised a finale that involved lively audio and visuals including lightweight pyrotechnic effects.Creative Direction, Music, Writing2014
As part of the Scenic Design curriculum at CalArts, we were challenged with the task of devising a theoretical fashion show for a brand or designer. I chose Carhartt apparel for their diverse audience, specifically focussing on their "Made In USA" line. With their target audience being the blue-collar, middle-american worker, I felt the product deserved to be presented in an a humble setting that would highlight the unique features of the attire. More backyard BBQ than fashion show, trademark environmental elements were utilized in a tongue-in-cheek manner to bridge the gap between farm and fashion.Branding, Set Design2014
In 2013, The Big Top went up over The World Famous CalArts Halloween Event. Dubbed ElectroCircus, our event aimed to transport guests into the fantasy world of the circus. Complete with calliopes and contortionists, freak-shows and fire-breathers, our team once again raised the bar in event design, staging and implementation. We approached the event as an unfolding story that begins "before the door" treating guests to cohesive and exciting soundscapes paired with stunning visuals to set the stage for the evening. We examined and reimagined guest flow and entry procedures to not only maximize efficiency but to ensure continuous immersion in the events rich atmosphere. A student run production, the event showcased unique and extreme talent in design, production and management and allowed us the opportunity to collaborate and play in ways we hadn't before.
Special thanks to PRG, Kinetic Lighting, RentWhat, The Walt Disney Company and the passionate faculty and staff of the California Institute of the Arts. Your generosity keeps the creative spirit of CalArts alive.Art Direction, Creative Direction, Set Design2014
A night of performances set in a colorful club atmosphere. Anchored by an eight foot projection mapped orb of swirling visuals and custom content, vibrant colored light absorbed by the opaque white set activated the space and created a sensation of being surrounded in an ever changing color field.
Nicholas Diaz - Lighting Designer • Conceptual Renderings
Hunter T. Graham - Set Design • Video DesignPerforming Arts, Set Design2013
For 2012, we took a new approach to the design and implementation of the famed CalArts Halloween party. Planning began more than half a year ahead of time by assembling a diverse creative team from a multitude of backgrounds. We looked to various industries and live entertainment experiences to transform a nightlong college halloween party into a visually stunning, fully-immersive event.
Nathan Files - Producer
Hunter T. Graham - Concept Development
Grant Dunn - Video Design | Concept Development
Nicholas Diaz - Lighting Design | Additional Theming
Dan Norman - Lighting Design
Daphne Mir - Lighting Design
Sam Rosenblum - Technical Direction
Even Friedman - Technical DirectionCreative Direction2013
The Academy of Interspace Research is a theoretical themed experience developed for the Theme Lab 101 course at The California Institute of the Arts. Paired off into three separate teams comprised of six students of varying backgrounds, we were tasked with the exciting challenge of collaborating, workshopping, designing and presenting an original concept for a new themed experience.
Our team responded to a prompt from the International Spaceflight Coalition, who requested a destination experience that would reinvigorate the dwindling interest in space exploration. Requiring a museum / historical component as well as rides and entertainment offerings, the project would require a unique approach that would both excite and engage new audiences without diluting the vibrant history and future of human spaceflight.Art Direction, Music, Writing2014