A conference-style party for our creative, design and animation loving family
with some of the most amazing doers and makers.
For the last 5 years, Wine after Coffee has hand-picked the most exceptional animations for your healthy audiovisual diet.
A regular feast of inspiration pushes us to do better, and we go even further when we work together. So, we are gathering this unique talent under one roof.
This is Blend!
School of Motion
COLOURS & SHAPES
Just like the Blend team. But we meet and support each other in Vancouver.
It’s like summer camp with a bustling local scene of breweries, coffee roasters, all kinds of arts & crafts, and so much amazing food. And don’t forget the mountains and ocean. It’s so beautiful and diverse here, and with all the programs, schools, and studios, it’s clear Vancouver loves animation too.
This is a great place to Blend.
The St. Regis Hotel was established over 100 years ago and is now a heritage boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
Limited rooms at a reduced rate are available HERE using the “Promo/Corporate Code”: BLND
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Joey Korenman is a MoGraph Artist + Educator + Entrepreneur. Nothing gets him more fired up than getting other people fired up. He’s the head-dude at School of Motion, a company he started a few years ago with the goal of bringing MoGraph knowledge to the masses.
In addition to prolific tutorial creation, they run online training programs that have kicked virtual butts on every continent except Antarctica.
Before that, Joey served as Creative Director for the amazing Toil in Boston, MA, and briefly taught at the Ringling College of Art & Design. He’s been known to play math-metal very loudly in front of his 3 small children. He runs marathons. He lives in Florida.
Tendril is an international production studio with a passion for design-driven stories and experiences. With offices in Toronto and Rio de Janeiro, their staff consists of directors, art directors, animators, designers, editors, artists, writers, developers, producers, and strategists who have a shared ethos: create stunning work that gets noticed. And have a laugh while doing it.
Fun fact: Tendril is likewise blessed to have an Azerbaijanian breakdancing champion, a Canadian Muay Thai champion, two maestros, a psychologist, an architect, and a squad of ping-pong pros in their midst ;)
Justin Cone is the founder and editor-in-chief of Motionographer.com, a leading blog sharing the best in motion design, animation and digital storytelling.
Since its inception in 2006, Motionographer has been visited over 80 million times by creatives around the world.
Justin was formerly the Director of Special Operations for Psyop, overseeing various initiatives that fall outside the normal scope of commercial production.
Prior to Psyop, Justin worked in various capacities at NBCUniversal, Adobe, Apple and SCAD. Justin is also the cofounder of the biennial F5 creativity festival in NYC.
Ryan Honey was born in Montreal, Quebec and attended the Vancouver film School in 1997.
In 2003 he founded Buck, a creative commercial production studio with offices in NY and LA.
Ryan currently serves as the Executive Creative Director for the LA office and oversees projects that span all forms of animation and live action for clients all over the world.
Kelli Anderson is an artist and designer who believes that design can subvert our expectations about how the world works.
In the past, this has lead her to create an existential calculator that inappropriately solves human dilemmas via logic, a functioning paper record player, and (with a larger activist group) counterfeit newspapers from the “utopian future.”
The residency enables her to continue to make lo-fi paper contraptions and digital experiments to further understand how design taps into invisible forces in the world.
lbert Omoss is a computational artist. He uses code to create software, and software to create visual art, animation, and films.
Albert's work expounds a menagerie of technical complexity. His cerebral art stimulates and challenges viewers to investigate new conceptual spaces. Albert’s personal pieces often explore the fragility of the human form, the aesthetic complexity of physical processes, and the relationship between organisms and advanced technologies.
Some notable projects include helping to craft the YCN award winning title sequence for FITC Tokyo 2015, as well as writing and directing the short film Entangle for the F5 2015 Conference, which was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick. Albert’s personal artwork garners great praise for it's unique psychedelic style. His rise to success in the design industry has been featured in an article on Motionographer.
Albert is deeply influenced by film, visual art, science, and technology. When he isn’t helping to create commercials for BUCK, or working on one of his personal projects, you’ll find him spending time with his beautiful wife and daughter in Los Angeles, California.
Jay Grandin and Leah Nelson run Giant Ant, a creative studio in Vancouver. They’re also married. And have newborn twins. So they know a thing or two about collaboration.
In 2006, they created an accidental “viral video” about showering. Shortly afterward, they were hired by MySpace, when MySpace was still a thing, and so they took off hitchhiking across Europe to make a very mediocre web series.
Seven years on, they're better at what they do, and Giant Ant has grown to a family of 15 passionate storytellers. They couldn’t be prouder of their wonderful team.
Jeff Hamada is a Vancouver-based artist who has worked with a wide array of brands including Mercedes, MTV, Herschel Supply, WeTransfer, Nixon, VICE, and many others.
In 2008 he created Booooooom.com which quickly became Canada's largest art blog.
Jonathan Lee is design lead on the Material Design team at Google, a group focused on a unified design framework for Google’s products, services and platforms.
In addition to designing software products his team also leads Google Design, an outreach that seeks to connect Google’s resources, designers and their stories with the creative community around the world.
He lives in Brooklyn and San Francisco and enjoys sandwiches in both cities, equally.
Kevin is the creative director for Chromosphere, a boutique design and animation studio he founded which does work for TV and feature animation, advertising, music videos, and pretty much anything that needs to look awesome.
Previously Kevin has worked for Cartoon Network, Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar, Passion Pictures, and has credits including The Powerpuff Girls, Big Hero Six, Her, and Steven Universe.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and baby. Other interests include astrophysics, tacos, and sea creatures.
Jason studied classical animation at Sheridan College in Ontario Canada, since then, he’s become a senior animator, working on some of the industry's top grossing films and games.
His student film won the Teletoon: Most Promising Student award. He began his professional career in 2002 at Naughty Dog Studios in California, animating the hit game series, Jak and Daxter, and later Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3. Later he worked at Blue Sky Studios, where projects included Ice Age II, Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age III and Rio. He’s also worked on games like Gears of War and movies like Iron Man 2 and Paul.
Throughout his career, Jason has been sharing his passion for animation with his students at Animation Mentor and with his Master Class apprentices.
Currently Jason works at Sony Imageworks as a Lead Animator, and has worked on films like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Hotel Transylvania, and more recently Hotel Transylvania 2.
Kirsten Lepore is a director and animator based in LA, with an MFA from CalArts. Her films have taken top prizes at SXSW, Slamdance, the Stuttgart Animation festival, Florida Film Fest, Arizona Film Fest, the Vimeo Awards, the Annie Awards and many others. She's given presentations everywhere from Pixar to Portugal and has also been featured in Juxtapoz, Shots Magazine, Animation Magazine, Focus Features, and named one of the 50 most creative people by Creativity Magazine.
With a client list including Google, MTV, Cartoon Network, Yo Gabba Gabba, Newsweek, Whole Foods, Toyota, Facebook, Nickelodeon, Nestle, and Glamour Magazine, her work has been featured on TV, the web, in museums, and at international film festivals.
Wilson Tang is one of the founding members of Kabam Vancouver (formerly Exploding Barrel Games) where his duties includes Art Direction, Creative Development, Branding, Marketing, UX and Talent Development. Between 2006 and 2010, Wilson was the Senior Art Director/Franchise Creative Director at Electronic Arts/Blackbox where he oversaw the art direction and marketing of one of EA's biggest franchises, as well as the creative development of several original IP's.
Prior to EA, Wilson worked at George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) for 7 years as Visual Effects Art Director.
He was one of the original founders of The Embassy VFX in Vancouver, and has been on the board of advisers for the Intercross Creative Center (icc-jp.com) in Japan since its inauguration in 2001.