Tim Nolan, Director of Interactive at Hush Studios
-WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Brooklyn, New York. Hush Studios is in DUMBO, and I live near the Brooklyn Museum.
-WHAT DOES YOUR WORK CONSIST OF?
I am the Director of Interactive at HUSH. Hush Studios is a New York-based creative studio conceiving and developing powerful brand-driven stories, award winning design, animation, and film for TV, Internet, and Mobile. In other words, the work takes the on form of live action, flash applications, and animation.
-HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started working in the interactive field during the mid-nineties, and have had the honor of working at a handful of the best studios around. David & Erik (partners at Hush) have their roots in motion, 3D, and live action production. Together we make HUSH what it is today.
-WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
The best thing about what I do is having the opportunity to work with so many talented people.
-WHAT IS THE WORST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
There just are not enough hours in the day to do everything!
-IF YOU WEREN’T IN DIGITAL, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
If I wasn’t working in Digital I would be creating analog works of art. I miss painting and mixed media artwork. I will use this interview to remind myself to “make” more physical stuff!
-WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I am inspired by Technology, Art, Design, Television, and Nature.
-WHERE DOES CREATIVITY COME FROM?
Creativity comes from so many places. Some days it is observations everyday life, some days it comes from seeing work around the web. Part of my job at Hush Studios is to stay one step ahead of the curve. I scour the web via twitter, and a collection of blogs that focus on technology, emerging platforms, as well as art & design.
-WHO’S WORK DO YOU LOOK UP TO? (Either currently or in the past)
There are a few filmmakers like Spike Jonze, Terri Timely, and Wes Anderson whom I look up to as narrative storytellers, and on the interactive front I have always respected on the work of Yugo Nakamura
-WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR YOUR INDUSTRY?
I am so excited for the future. Everyday we (as an industry) make progress, everyday someone takes an existing model and improves it. “Life moves pretty fast, if you do not stop an look around once and a while, you might miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
-WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU NEXT?
Big things are coming from HUSH Studios in 2010. We love prototyping out new things like this: http://vimeo.com/8846944 and hope to have a few more internal projects launching soon. Stay tuned.
-WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD ASPIRING TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
My advice would be to do what you love.
-ONE DEFINING MOMENT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR.
In 2008 I started directing live-action specifically for the internet. The idea of combining live action and 3D was always something I pushed for, and it was awesome to be involved in the whole process of pre-production; Script and Character development, Wardrobe, props, and styling are all very interesting to me. I love crafting narrative, and having so much control over what is on the screen is very rewarding. (See: http://vimeo.com/7195348) I truly believe we have that magic formula of balancing these disciplines working for us here at HUSH. The future looks bright.
-WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?