JONNY KOFOED / Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand

Jonny Kofoed is one of the founding partners of Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand. He works on projects spanning motion, film, animation, design, interactive, and visual effects. Alongside his work in traditional advertising, he has created TV shows, lighting installations, directed music videos, designed games, film titles and an iPhone app that can be used while wearing boxing gloves.

As a father of three, Jonny has a vested interest in design education in New Zealand. This has seen him serve as a board member (representing Industry) for tertiary institutes and also as a consultant for universities wanting to change their course structure. He is a frequent guest lecturer around the country, and will one day most likely end up wearing a corduroy jacket with elbow patches.

Since Assembly opened its doors eight years ago, Jonny and his company have been recognized at award shows consistently every year — collecting yellow pencils at D&AD and multiple Gold Lions at Cannes along the way.

CAITLIN CADIEUX / The Atlantic, New York

Caitlin works remotely full-time from Troy, NY for The Atlantic as a video producer and animator, in addition to her freelance work as a designer and illustrator. Her work has screened at festivals around the US. Being mainly self-taught as an animator, Caitlin loves sharing what she’s learned, presenting at NAB, Adobe Live, and other industry events.
 
In her three years at The Atlantic, Caitlin’s worked on a huge variety of editorial projects – from documentary and series graphics to original, fully-animated pieces. In close collaboration with the magazine’s writers, she pitches, produces, storyboards, designs, edits, and animates, handling every step of production. Caitlin pioneered the Atlantic Archives, adapting momentous articles from the 160-year-old magazine’s storied annals into beautiful animations, and animated interviews with esteemed authors like David Sedaris and Jeff VanderMeer. Caitlin has designed and executed the branding and title design for various Atlantic video series, as well as building out and automating the robust graphics package utilized by the entire Atlantic Studios team.
 
Caitlin loves being able to learn and push boundaries with each new project, and is always looking for new and exciting challenges.

JOHN LEPORE / Perception
Principal and Chief Creative Director

John LePore has his dream job. After collaborating with many talented studios and directors, John found a home at Perception, where he joined the staff as a senior designer. Hundreds of projects later, John has been the Creative Director at Perception since 2010, working directly under owners Danny Gonzalez and Jeremy Lasky.

From designing ABC News’ data-rich election-night coverage, to the gadgets and devices of Iron Man 2, to some of next-generation’s most exciting real-world devices, John has played an integral role in Perception’s evolution into the first name in conceptual interfaces. Every day John considers himself fortunate to contribute to blockbuster films, cutting edge brands, and the most impressive technology products.

Always eager to share his craft, John been featured on Engadget and Access Granted, presented at Siggraph, NAB, and other industry conferences, and frequently works as an ambassador for Maxon Computer (creators of Cinema 4D).

Outside of work, John finds inspiration from his wife, daughter, and anything with wheels. Always excited for professional overlap within his hobbies, John can frequently be found setting fast laps at the Northeast’s greatest racetracks.

BRUCE BANG-YAO LIU / Taipei, Taiwan

An award-winning director based in Taipei, Bang-yao Liu never imagined he would become storyteller. Unbeknownst to him, his senior school project DEADLINE, a Post-it note stop motion, went viral. Before he knew it, big brands like Converse and Microsoft wanted to collaborate with him. A company even wanted their own version of the sticky note stop motion, so they sent him to 10 different cities with the sticky notes to make videos. His recent car commercial for SKODA was awarded a Bronze Lion at the Cannes Lions 2018.

Now when he is not directing dramas and commercials, or inspiring students to find their true potential, he can be found staring into space with his cat Lucky (who he found on set). As his cat’s name suggests, Bang-yao believes hard work and a lot of luck have gotten him to where he is today.