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Charles Blake McWhirter

818-642-0441

studioblake@att.net

CREATIVE AGENDA

 

Motivated creative director/ art director, well versed in broadcast, print, and interactive design always looking for new horizons.  Experience in diverse multimedia disciplines has created a perfect opportunity for a leadership role in interactive media creation.  Highly developed insights into project scope and production design allow for safe and open creativity.  Motivated by insightful design and seeking to leverage a wide range of experience in a creative and edifying environment.

A proven history of success in translating stakeholder vision into a powerful and attractive design.  Always looking for opportunities to reflect a brand strategy into an interactive framework.  A hybrid combination of expertise in both design and development defines all phases of current design works.  Constant vigilance towards trends, fashion, music, art, and creative agenda infuse into all projects.  As a mode of operation: understanding any technology, and adapting a process that informs and presents the technology as an art form.

Actively and competently troubleshoot workflows and compatibility issues and provide effective resolutions with appropriate creative solutions.  Successfully inspire teams, to ensure proper standards, use best practices, and meet strict deadlines.  Directed many interactive design projects, for numerous entertainment properties: WGNO-TV, Harry PotterCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe Batman Animated Series, (Warner Bros.) Disney Consumer Products, M-GO, Disney Movies Anywhere, Valley Film Festival.  In command of real world experiences that include media consumption, mobile applications, consumer electronics, multimedia production, UI/UX, and overall design process.

Experienced in broadcast branding, and network identity.  Fully engaged in creative leadership with content creation, show branding, and television promotions. (WGNO TV, New Orleans, NBC Agency, Disney Movies Anywhere, and Technicolor Hollywood).  The evolving experience and growth in the entertainment industry have informed and motivated his work, with significant and measurable success.

RÉSUMÉ

ART DIRECTION

INTERACTIVE DESIGN

MOTION DESIGN

QUALIFICATIONS PROFILE

 

Experience in design for a wide variety of industries, creating new horizons in design for interactive and media design.  Most often found delivering visual and interaction design guidelines and specifications for award-winning digital products, with style and accuracy.  Career focus is interaction design including visual design, branding, and application concept development for all devices.

EDUCATION

 

Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL    Associate of Arts – Graphic Design

Video Symphony, Burbank, CA

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA

TECHNICAL ACUMEN – expert

  • Adobe CC Suite
  • Sketch 3 / Zeplin
  • Cinema4D
  • AfterEffects
  • FinalCut
  • Reason / Audio
  • HTML / CSS
  • Javascript
  • WordPress
  • Bootstrap
  • Scripted Animation
  • Adobe Animate
  • Omnigraffle
  • Keynote Powerpoint
  • WordPress
  • Google Design
  • Stop-Motion
  • Cell Animation
  • CG Animation
  • Rich Media
  • Sound Design

TECHNICAL ACUMEN – working knowledge

  • Xcode / Swift
  • Axure
  • InVision
  • Omniture
  • Confluence
  • Jira / Rally / Shotgun
  • Maya
  • DaVinci Resolve 12.5

AWARDS

Certificate of Merit – BDA / ProMax Station Identity WGNO TV

Outstanding Website – Webawards .org Harry Potter theatrical website

Best Official Movie Site – Movies.com Awards Harry Potter theatrical website

EXPERIENCE

ad_icon     studioblake Creative Director / Art Director    09.2016 – present

Concept to creation design services for entertainment and interactive projects. Creative consulting with focus on brand and experience.

ad_icon id_icon md_icon     The Walt Disney Company Senior Visual Designer     02.2016 – 09.2016

Designed brand aware interface design and visual design guidelines for interactive products.

  • DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com
  • RedeemDigitalMovies.com

Managed a seamless design pipeline in collaboration with application developers, marketing and product owners.

ad_icon     studioblake Creative Director / Art Director    08.2015 – 01.2016

Concept to creation design services for entertainment and interactive projects. Creative consulting with focus on brand and experience.

ad_icon id_icon      The Walt Disney Company Production Designer    03.2015 – 08.2015

Creator of the design guidelines for Disney Movies Anywhere. Developed interactive concepts and specifications for multiple application designs.

  • Wireframes and workflows
  • Interactive animation
  • Design guidelines

ad_icon id_icon md_icon      Twistory Entertainment Studios Art Director    02.2014 – 12.2014

Created unified user experience and brand design guidelines, throughout all studio divisions.

  • Executive presentations
  • Product prototypes
  • Branded media and merchandise

ad_icon id_icon      Technicolor Senior Visual Designer    12.2009 – 01.2014

Successfully integrated the new brand design and philosophy into application interface design.

  • UX/UI concepts – branded interface
  • Brand design guidelines
  • Patented UI prototypes

ad_icon id_icon md_icon     Disney Consumer Products Interactive Designer    04.2008 – 11.2009

Translated the DCP brand strategy into online tools and immersive digital experiences.

ad_icon id_icon md_icon     NBC Agency / Avatar Labs Interactive Designer    10.2006 – 04.2008

Creative lead for interactive theatrical and broadcast rich media campaigns.

ad_icon id_icon md_icon     Warner Bros. Online Senior Interactive Designer    11.1999 – 10.2006

Project lead for award-winning Harry Potter and many other theatrical websites. Design lead for “Entertaindom” a content discovery platform.

  • Harry Potter website – creative lead

Art Direction and design guidelines for a core team of designers and developers through completion of multiple theatrical websites.

ad_icon id_icon md_icon     futureEngine Art Director    01.1998 – 01.2000

User experience design and content creation for entertainment and technology products.

  • B97 Interactive Music Player
  • Mark Isham website

md_icon    New Wave Entertainment Video Finishing Artist    11.1997 – 01.1998

Creation and delivery of motion graphics, for theatrical and broadcast promotions.

ad_icon    Adrienne Weiss Corporation Art Director    2.1996 – 11.1997

Created brand concepts and strategy presentations for entertainment venues.

ad_icon md_icon    WGNO TV Art Director    04.1984 – 03.1996

Station identity and broadcast graphics. Art Director for the game show “N.O. It Alls”, produced by the late Brandon Tartikoff.

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