HAL KIRKLAND

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR + DIRECTOR + VIRTUAL + REALITY

I am an award-winning leader in creative thinking and making who consults, ideates and creates for some of the leading creative and tech companies worldwide. For me, an idea isn’t worth anything until you make it real, which is one of the driving forces behind my diverse career of exploring different disciplines, technologies and ways to tell stories.

My journey began designing Froot Loops boxes for Sam Tucan and soon somersaulted into the heady realms of advertising. Here I learned the discipline of commercially driven creative thinking and strategy, working for such companies as BBH, 180, W+K, R/GA amongst others. At these locales I created global campaigns for Google, YouTube, Adidas, MTV, Coca Cola, Vice News and a slew of other brands that rely on bold and innovative solutions to shape their future.

Media Art came next because, why not? And this led to the transformation of New York’s Guggenheim into a memorial for a fallen Autobot army (Artobots Guggenheim). Soon after I gave the microphone to kids between 3 and 10 so they could translate modern art for the rest of us, once and for all (MoMa Unadulterated). The following year I co-created a full-size touring paper guillotine that people voluntarily lined up for (Paper Cuts Exhibition, Amsterdam / London / Aarau). Props to my partner in crime on that project, the venerable, Mandy Smith.

Somewhere in the middle of all that I started directing music videos, commercials and interactive film. My first piece (Hibi No Neiro), united fans of a little known Japanese band called Sour via webcams to make mind-boggling gridded animations that became a globally adopted style, toured in museums, won more awards than any other music video in the world that year -- and even better, became a Japanese wedding meme. This led to working with other legendary artists including Snoop Dogg (Traditional music video), Led Zeppelin (Interactive film) and OneRepublic (VR + traditional film).

This last year I’ve been working with Here Be Dragons, a Virtual Reality Production Company and Experience Studio, as both a Creative Director and Director. Every day is spent tinkering with new toys, mediums and emerging technologies to manifest even more magical realities.

 

AWARDS

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AWARDS CONTINUED:

Best of Show - One Show Design - Broadcast
Gold Pencil - One Show Design
Gold Cube - Art Director's Club - Online Film
Bronze Cube- Art Director's Club - Online Film
Bronze Cube - Berlin Art Director's Club - TV / Online film
Titanium Finalist – Cannes
Titanium Finalist – Cannes
Gold - Cannes Lion - Digitally Led Integrated Campaign
Silver Cyber Lion - Cannes - Rich media banner
Gold Cyber Lion - Cannes - Interactive film
Silver Cyber Lion - Cannes - Rich media
Webby Award - People's Choice Award
Webby Award - Official Honoree – Music
Webby Award - Official Honoree – Celebrity
Webby Award - Official Honoree - Campaign
FWA - Site of the day
FWA - Site of the month
Tomorrow Award
Tomorrow Award finalist
Silver - London International Award
Gold Clio - Clio Awards - Direction
Silver Clio- Clio Awards - Print
Silver Bullet - Young Guns - Print
Silver -Belding Awards - Print
Silver Pencil - AWARD - Print
Yellow Pencil - D&AD - Print
Yellow Pencil - D&AD - Digital design
Silver Cube - Art Director's Club Berlin - TV / Online film
Grand Prix - Annecy Animation Film Festival - Music Video
Grand Prix - Japan Media Arts Festival 'Entertainment'
Grand Prix - YouTube Video Awards Japan 'Music'
Grand Prix / Best of Show - Portable Film Festival
TDC Award - Tokyo Type Directors Club
Best IndieMusic Video - UK Music Video Awards
Best Music Video - Annecy Animation Festival
Best Music Video - Print in Motion
Best Music Video - Born Shorts Film Festival
Best music Video - Uner Hort Musikfilm festival Hamburg
Official Selection - L.A. Film fest
Official selection - Milan Film Festival
Official Selection - Ann Arbor Film Festival
Overall winner - Creative Heads, Cannes France
Finalist – D&AD- Print
Silver - ADMA Awards – DM

 

LECTURES & JUDGING:

LA MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL - Los Angeles - Panel
MEDIAMORFOSIS TRANSMEDIA FESTIVAL 2017 - Sau Paolo - Keynote Speaker
MEDIAMORFOSIS TRANSMEDIA FESTIVAL 2017 - Buenos Aires - Keynote Speaker
UNIVERSIDAD AUSTRAL 2017 - Buenos Aires - Keynote Speaker
MEDIAMORFOSIS TRANSMEDIA FESTIVAL 2017 - Montevideo - Keynote Speaker
EL SOL FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY - Bilbao - Keynote Speaker
DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS - Los Angeles 2016 - Keynote Speaker
TRIBECA FILM VR POP UP - New York 2016 - Panel
ADVERTISING WEEK - NEW YORK 2016 - Panel
UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2014 - Judge
FASHION INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK 2014 - Speaker
MUSEUM NEXT 2013 - Amsterdam - Keynote Speaker
CREATIVE WEEK NEW YORK 2013 - Just Did It - Workshop
CREATIVE WEEK NEW YORK 2013 - Just Did It - Workshop
INSPIRATION FEST 2013 - 'Disruptive communications' - Panel Speaker
UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2012 - Judge
UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2011 - Judge
VIMEO FILM FEST, U.S.A. - Speaker
L.A. FILM FEST, U.S.A. - Keynote Speaker
CREATIVE HEADS, Cannes France Speaker
MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL, Japan - Speaker
AICP 2011 AWARD JURY, USA
AICP 2010 AWARD JURY, USA
AICP 2010 AWARD JURY, USA - Student submissions
AICP 2009 AWARD JURY, USA
MIAMI AD SCHOOL Amsterdam, New York - Lecturer
AWARD SCHOOL, Australia - lecturer and tutor
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY, Australia - Workshop & Speaker
WAGGA WAGGA UNIVERSITY, Australia - lecturer and tutor

 

PRINT & MEDIA:

DIGITAL TRENDS - Article
ROLLINGSTONE - Article
IDigitalTimes - Article
PSFK - MoMA Unadulterated
PSFK - Artobots @ Guggenheim
PSFK - MoMA Unadulterated
TAXI - Feature
GOTHAMIST - Article
COOL HUNTING - Feature
BIG SPACESHIP BLOG - Most Innovative
HYPERALLERGIC - Article
LAUGHING SQUID - Article
AGENCY SPY / MEDIA BISTRO - Interview
CONTAGIOUS, UK - Most Contagious 2009
GOOGLE, 87 Things that Google Love
REUTERS, USA - Interview
CNN, USA - Live coverage of art stunt
CNN, USA – Interview
THE GUARDIAN, UK
CBS News, USA - Interview
GIZMODO, USA, UK, AUS
YAHOO NEWS 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
CREATIVITY, USA – Interview
CREATIVITY, USA - Artobots
CREATIVITY, USA - Pick of the week
CREATIVITY,USA - Pick of the week
VILLAGE VOICE, NY - Interview
ONE MAGAZINE – Interview
BOARDS MAGAZINE, UK – Interview
SHOTS MAGAZINE UK – Interview
MOTIONOGRAPHER UK
COOL HUNTING, US
STASH MAG UK – Interview
A&H MAG, NY - Profile
MEDIA ARTS, Japan
BILLABOUT, NY, AU - Profile / Interview
DIRECTOR’S NOTES, UK - Interview
CAMPAIGN BRIEF - Interview
TECHNCRUNCH, USA
BRAIN, Japan – Work showcase
L’OFFICIAL, France
ART DIRECTOR’S CLUB, USA - Interview
DESIGN GRAPHICS, Australia
CANAL +, France - Interview
BUG TV, UK - Interview
JAPANESE MOTION GRAPHIC CREATORS 2009, Japan
COMPUTER ARTS, China – Interview
MEZAMASHI TV - Interview
AGENCY SPY, US
ARTLOG,US
EXPLORE,US
DOOBYBRAIN- Blog
BILLABOUT,Blog - Interview
A&H Mag - Interview
GOTHAMIST,NY, USA - Interview
MILKTREND BLOG, US
MUSEUM NEXT, US - Blog
VILLAGE VOICE, US
FLAVOR PILL,UK, US
I4UNews, France
iKONO,Japan
MONKEYZEN, China
THEART DOSSIER, US
SCOOP TV – Interview
FORWARDTHINKING, Russia

 

FILM, TV SHOW & MUSIC VIDEO
GE - FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE - VR FILM
STUBHUB - ALWAYS - VR SHORT FILM - Here Be Dragons
ONEREPUBLIC - KIDS - VR / 360° MUSIC VIDEO - Here Be Dragons
SMARTWATER - 'SHOOT DAY' With Jennifer Aniston - Prettybird / Interlude
LED ZEPPELIN - TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT - Interactive Music Video - Prettybird / Interlude
COCA-COLA - Inseparable - Interactive commercial - Prettybird / Interlude
BNY MELLON - What Does it mean to be invested - Film - Prettybird
LET IT OUT - The Electric Company / Sesame Street
STORE BUYOUT - Art Stunt (Live CNN Coverage)
SOUR "OMOKAGE NO SAKI", Arights Records
SOUR "HIBI NO NEIRO", Zealot / Neutral Nine Records
ALL AMERICAN REJECTS "I WANNA" - Interscope Records / Prettybird
SNOOP DOGG "GANGSTA LUV FT. DREAM" - Interscope Records / Prettybird
EARTH DOCUMENTARY MISSION "OPENING SEQUENCE" - NHK Japan

 

EXHIBITIONS

2016 - Tribeca Film VR Pop Up - New York
2015 - PAPER CUTS EXHIBITION - Stadt Museum, Aarau, Switzerland
2014 - PAPER CUTS EXHIBITION - Pick me Up Festival, Somerset House - London
2014 - PAPER CUTS EXHIBITION - De Waag, Amsterdam
2013 STOCKED - Contemporary Art of the Shopping Aisle - SMOCA - Arizona
2013 SPECTACLE - The Music Video - Museum of the Moving Image - New York
2013 SPECTACLE - The Music Video - Såo Paulo
2013 SPECTACLE - The Music Video - Melbourne
2013 CREATIVE WEEK NEW YORK - Soho, New York
2012 MoMA UNADULTERATED – MoMA, New York
2012 ARTOBOTS – Guggenheim, New York
2011 BODEGA BOUTIQUE, Fusion Arts Gallery, LES New York