Media Director - Animation and Video
Where and when were you born?
Rochester, New York, 1976.
When did you find your calling in the Visual Arts, Media and Production?
It was most definitely at a very early age. I began by decorating my Mother’s expensive collection of Encyclopaedia Britannicas with red crayon. After which I received a proper slapping and decided I should probably expand my horizons and develop my skills in other forms of artistic expression.
All kidding aside, in regard to the current work I provide for these concert shows - it all comes down to the experience I had when my Father first took me along to see Pink Floyd's Pulse tour in 1994. Needless to say, it blew me away on such an immense level, musically and visually. Now, one of the most rewarding things I find in doing this type of work, is having the opportunity to bring that same kind of experience to new and young Pink Floyd fans. I always enjoy talking with families when they come out to our shows, seeing the torch being passed down if you will, to the next generation of Pink Floyd admirers. That's a great feeling, and to be in a place where we can expand on the framework the original Pink Floyd shows had laid down before us, gives us so many fantastic ideas to indulge in for the future.
Tell us about some of your previous projects.
In addition to the video animations I’ve produced, I have worked on a great number of projects in the form of media entertainment. This includes Video and Film Production, Interactive Media Development, Graphic Design and Photography. I also like to doodle, as I am a cartoonist at heart.
Over the years I’ve worked on various projects in both the film and television industry and in 2001 I was asked if I would like to contribute some of my work towards The Australian Pink Floyd Show. Since that time, I have produced a great number of original animations and videos that have been displayed on their backdrop screens. I had also worked heavily on editing and putting together their concert DVD’s in addition to other duties. It’s been an excellent experience, which I feel has allowed me to grow even further as an artist.
I now am very excited and looking forward to working alongside some of the very same talented musicians and stage crew from that show, whom I’ve been fortunate enough to also call my friends. I find this to be a great opportunity to contribute my talents by improving upon the work we have done so far and therefore hopefully creating the best tribute to the Pink Floyd concert going experience imaginable.
Who are your influences?
I have so many influences. There are the obvious; Storm Thorgerson and Gerald Scarfe, however I’m also a huge Salvador Dali fan (needless trivia fact - we actually share the same birthday). I need to mention cartoonists Chuck Jones and Matt Groening, 3D artist & animator Tomasz Bagiński (Fallen Art), stop-motion artists such as Adam Jones from the band TOOL and film directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Michel Gondry are also quite inspiring. Did I forget to mention Terry Gilliam, I certainly didn't mean to - I must be a very naughty boy.
If you had to take one album to your desert island, what would it be and why?
Really, I’m only allowed one album to choose from?
As ridiculous as that question is, I’m going to have to go with Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy”. Is there really any reason to ask why?
What gear do you tour with?
As I also do a lot of work on the road, it’s necessary that I always bring my trusty XPS laptop, several hard drives, a couple of High-Definition camcorders, my Nikon DSLR camera, and a small first-aid kit to take care of the many blisters I inevitably receive from all the running around I do.
One obscure interesting fact about yourself.
When I worked as a Production Coordinator, I had the opportunity to work on back to back films with two of Hollywood's most notorious villains - Linda Blair (Possessed Girl, Exorcist) and Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratched, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). Though this was a bit later in their careers, I can honestly tell you, they were both much nicer in real life.
Bryan Kolupski's website - bk1productions.com