Showcase: Oliver Hindle (Oliver Age 24)
Bossa Studios Digital Marketing Assistant, Oliver Hindle talks to me about his work, being treated like ‘rockstars’ and his you tube channel How To Draw Really Good.
Tell me a little bit about yourself. Who are you & What do you do?
My name’s Oliver Hindle and I work for Bossa Studios as a Digital Marketing Assistant. My job is to make Bossa, and all of the games that they produce, look as awesome as possible and be seen by as many people as possible. Fortunately, Bossa Studio’s is full of awesome people that make awesome games, so that makes my job easier!
What is your typical daily work routine?
My favourite thing about my job is that every day is different. As I’m working for a fairly independent games studio, there aren’t as many staff as a AAA studio, which means that everyone gets to work on things that typically wouldn’t be within their job role or responsibilities. Depending on what games we have scheduled,
my tasks vary between:
– Photoshopping ridiculous pictures
– Capturing/editing game trailers
– Filming/editing behind-the-scenes videos
– Attending marketing/pr meetings and brainstorming sessions
– Lunch Meetings <3
– Talking to fans and answering their questions
– Running competitions
– Researching/writing marketing plans for upcoming releases
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I make lots and lots of things. I run multiple YouTube channels, release self-produced music, do commissioned animation/music/art work and I’m learning how to make video games! Most of my spare time is taken up by my largest YouTube Channel ‘How To Draw Really Good’ where I try to combine all of my interests and hobbies to create videos/songs/tutorials and artwork as ‘Oliver Age 24’. Aside from that, I try to fit in as much of a social life as I can without cutting out sleep entirely lol.
What triggers your creative spark and how do you see it through?
I have a really short attention span and I’m constantly bored. I’ve found that while this is often a weakness for longer projects, it works to my advantage for shorter ones. I constantly think “Wouldn’t it be funny if…” or “Wouldn’t it be awesome if…” and rather than dismiss the silly ideas, I try to do them quickly and efficiently and they tend to be my best work!
What tools and mediums do you use?
For music and audio recording, I use Cubase 5 and loooads of VST’s and Sample Libraries. I’ve been collecting and amassing a huge collection of sounds for about 10 years, if digital-hoarding is a problem, I need an intervention because I’m addicted.
With drawing, I use Adobe Flash as I really like the way the lines are smoothed with the way it handles vectors.It has a really distinct look that I’ve embraced as part of my visual style.
I use Adobe Premiere and After Effects for video editing and post-processing. I have a Shure SM58 microphone running through an M-Audio Fast Track Pro for recording audio and then, when I’m filming videos, I use a Canon 550D DSLR Camera and a Zoom H4n Audio Recorder.
What one piece of your work best represents you?
I think that if one piece of work summed me up, it would be the music video for ‘Unicornius’. I think the hyperbole, sarcasm and weird sense of humour really sum up everything I want to create!
Who and/or What inspires you?
People that I find the most inspiring are the ones that create exactly what they want to create, even when they don’t have an audience. I have friends and I follow some artists with very niche and small followings, but they are so committed and driven to create exactly what they create, it’s super inspiring!
What has been you most enjoyable piece of work to date?
I think the most enjoyable opportunity I had from creating artwork was the chance to film a music video with a professional film crew in London. At the time I’d visited London once in my life and been recording music exclusively in my bedroom, in a super small town, so to travel down to London and be treated like rockstars, while working with professionals, was insane. I think the more you know about your industry, the less magic it seems!
What/Who would be your ultimate client or dream job?
It changes all of the time, but at the moment, I think my dream job would be to produce my own animated TV show, It seems like it would be super fun and rewarding! Hopefully I’ll get the chance one day!
If there is one piece of advice you could give to aspiring creatives, what would it be?
If I could go back in time and give some advice to myself 10 years ago, I’d say to not get too attached to single ideas and projects and that sometimes starting a fresh new project, can get you closer to where you want to be, than to stick with one project for longer. I took a long time to realise that, but once I let go and tried something new, it became my most successful project.
Other useful advice that has been given to me, is to just be nice to everyone… you never know who you will work with again further down the line. The music/video/game industries are all very small and you’re super likely to cross paths with the same people again and again, so don’t be a jerk and burn bridges!