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Graphic Design

Graduates 2010: Paul Bryan

Posted by Will Hudson,

Paul Bryan has recently graduated from Loughborough University gaining a degree in Graphic Communication. His portfolio reflects a strong interest in digital media and in particular a passion for photography and film. Having recently directed the impressive music video for Knuckles, ‘What I like’ we wouldn’t be surprised to see his name appear again here soon.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I considered being an architect or a car designer, but I knew that would mean staying in an office, so I thought the best job in the world would be a location researcher for a big budget movie. To be flown everywhere looking for stunning shooting locations would be amazing.

In reflection, how bad was your work in the first year?

I found first year was about experimentation and we were driven to develop interesting concepts which I admired. The shorts I made in my first year emphasised perspective and viewpoints, but in comparison to my work now I feel they are pretty mundane.

If you could show a piece of your folio to one person, what piece would you choose, and who would you show it to?

I’d have to choose my Knuckles music video, as I was given complete creative freedom and I feel it speaks most about my ambitions and what I want to achieve. If I were to show it to any one person though, I’d choose Robert Rodriguez as I gained most of my inspiration from his book ‘Rebel without a crew.’ One day, when I pluck up the courage, I’d like to go down to Guy Ritchie’s pub in Mayfair, get my laptop out and show him my work over a beer … you never know.

If you had your own studio, who would you share it with and why?

If I had my own production company I would try to promote new young musicians/directors through creating music videos, shorts and commercials. Starting in London, I’d love to set up a range of studios all around the world where I could employ creatives/graduates that I meet in different cities. To have a studio in Sao Paulo would be incredible.

If you’ve got any left, what will you spend the last of your student loan on?

I’d get a ship and sail it around the Caribbean. Either that or get a flight to the Salvador Carnival, both would go down a treat.

Where will we find you in 12 months?

I’ve always wanted to write a script, so hopefully in 12 months I’ll have a short that I can submit to Cannes or Sundance. At the moment though, I just want to continue working alongside other directors and build up a range of films.

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Posted by Will Hudson

Will founded It’s Nice That in 2007 and is now director of the company. Once one of the main contributors to the site he has stepped back from writing as the business has expanded. He is a regular guest on the Studio Audience podcast.

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