White shares Leviathan’s design culture at tech shows

Jason White has become an international apostle for the kind of “transformative visual experiences” he builds as executive creative director of design-focused production studio Leviathan.

“In our third year, Leviathan has grown into exactly what my partners and I had set out to create: a new creative culture backed by a really cool story and a custom creative processes we invented ourselves,” White says.  “We want to share this culture.”

White shares that story in keynote presentations that incorporate Leviathan animation and design frameworks at upcoming tech and design conferences in Toronto and New York, following recent ones in Australia.

“For years, I’ve been mentoring creatives and producers within the Chicago community at my studios and at colleges,” White says.  “When I realized I had access to an even larger platform, I found I had been given an incredible opportunity to engage with a global creative audiences.”

“Hyperblender — The Collision of Art and Technology,” is White’s presentation at global FITC (Future. Innovation. Technology. Creativity) conference, April 22 in Toronto.

“I’m digging deep into our artistic roots, exploring current connections between art and technology, and demonstrating how this connection works as the foundation of projects for me and my team at Leviathan,” White says.

His address “The Challenges of Creating the New Visual Experience” is a keynote at the inaugural Collider Digital Production Conference June 9-11 in New York. 

The publishers of Stash Magazine launched Collider “to unite top studios and talent from across the animation, VFX and design worlds for three days of problem-solving talks, hard-hitting panels, top-level networking and career opportunities.”

White headlined two Australian conferences last November: Pause Digital Festival in Melbourne, and Autodesk’s Sydney Pausefest Pre-Show in Sydney.

“I’m discussing the experience of launching and running a creative studio, how we bring our projects from a vision to fruition, and why we do what we do,” he says.  “We have step-by-step processes for experiential projects here that audiences actually like to see.”

Leviathan busy with immersive environments

White was co-founder of Filmworkers’ animation studio Lift Motion Design and executive creative director of Leviathan’s sister company eatdrink before co-founding Leviathan in 2010, with president and executive producer Chad Hutson and chief scientist Matt Daly.

Leviathan generates not only video and visual content for commercial and corporate clients, but also immersive environments, including Studio Gang’s installation last September at Expo Chicago, electronic musician Amon Tobin’s last two world tours, and the Museum of Science and Industry’s Mythbusters show.

White says Leviathan is “busy building prototypes for enterprise-grade experiences as well as new broadcast spots and show title sequences.”

He’s also developing a gallery show in which “drawings and video will accompany interactive installations” to “explore the darker side of nature.”

Contact Ed Koziarski at edmkoz@gmail.com.

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