About This Project
BiographyMike is a multi-disciplinary designer living and working in the in Los Angeles area. He is a co-founder of the Berlin based, Emmy award winning Karakter Design Studio. Mike designs worlds for the entertainment industry, creating concepts and designs for film, TV and video games. Mike has designed for Warner Brother’s Blade Runner 2049, HBO’s Game of Thrones, as well as for video games such as the best-selling Call of Duty series and Sony’s award-winning Horizon: Zero Dawn.
Mike’s works have been published in Expose 3: The Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe and the celebrated Spectrum series. He has also contributed to magazines such as Popular Mechanics and 3D World and is a regular lecturer at events such as Industry Workshops in London and Portugal’s Trojan Horse was a Unicorn.
Mike’s major interest is in the psychology of storytelling and how an understanding of mythology and psychology is crucial to understanding how great stories work. He currently works as a design consultant in the Los Angeles film industry.
The Power of Metaphor
OverviewMaking a mainstream film that is culturally resonant, critically acclaimed and financially successful is a rare achievement, yet some filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and David Fincher consistently tell stories that tick all of those boxes.
Under the surface of their most celebrated films lies a hidden architecture that operates on an unconscious level. This talk is designed to illuminate the techniques that great storytellers use to engage a global audience on a deep and meaningful level through psychological metaphor.