Squint/Opera is a creative digital studio and consultancy. We are thinkers, designers, makers and doers. Our mission? To make places better - to inspire and expand the ways in which people imagine and interact with the physical world. We work with ambitious partners to plan, articulate, promote and execute big ideas that make a positive impact on the world's destinations, spaces and cities. Our brand identities, immersive experiences, creative content and digital products turn complex concepts into beautiful, playful and emotive stories. And while we like to have fun and do great work, we mean business. All our work is rooted in research and made for measurable impact.
Our studios are based on Regents Canal in London, and Chinatown in New York .
Great relationships make great work. That’s why at Squint, we work collaboratively, learning from one another and cheering each other on. Everyone in our team is both a teacher and a student. We celebrate everybody’s unique talents and professional skills.
We have a large, diverse and unique variety of talent in-house. This means that unlike traditional agencies, our strategic and creative approach is not limited to the disciplines we have, but we are able to produce nearly any type of creative project in-house. With over 80 staff across our studios our team include:
producers / creative directors / brand strategists / art directors / copywriters / graphic artists / CG artists / 2d animators / VR artists / AR artists / full stack developers / researchers / editors / compositors / sound designers / technical directors / data analysts / marketing strategists
Head of Production, New York
Head of Production, Built Environment
Production Operations Director
Head of Production, Culture
Group Operations Director
Head of Digital
Responsible for digital product strategy and production. After training as an architect, Jan switched to digital in the 90s and has produced over 500 projects for some of the largest brands in the world, including Sony, MTV, Disney and BBC. In recent years he has focused on digital strategy, aligning business, creative and technical requirements around human focused needs to build better products for global audiences.
Head of Production - Built Environment
Kiran brings several years experience co-ordinating large-scale, complex projects that embrace a range of digital media. As Head of Production she oversees the workflow of the studio, ensuring the whole pipeline is teamed and scheduled as needed. Her strong organisation keeps projects on track, while her communication skills form an effective bridge between clients and creative teams.
Director - Asia and the Middle East
With a background in architecture and passion for photography and film-making, Cass has worked around the world, enjoying close collaboration with client teams and has extensive experience of our creative and digital production workflows. Cass is our Director in Asia and the Middle East.
As CEO and co-founder of Squint/Opera Jules is constantly expanding our creativity into new and exciting projects. Among his recent adventures is 52-part children’s TV series Messy Goes to Okido, which began broadcasting on CBeebies in September 2015 and has recently been commissioned for a third series. Jules has worked extensively across the architectural, cultural and entertainment sectors, relentlessly pushing digital boundaries as squint explores new opportunities to dazzle audiences.
Group Operations Director
As Group Director of Operations Rachael oversees the support functions as well as production operations. Rachael has a background in leading multidisciplinary teams and managing complex projects across a range of media.
Head of Production - New York
Holly heads up the New York office and produced a range of media exhibits for Squint/Opera's for largest cultural project to date in the Empire State Building.
Nick Taylor is a partner and creative director at Squint/Opera, responsible for the quality of creative work produced by Squint/Opera's Architecture team and specialises in defining the vision for large masterplans, and complex public projects, and making the design process accessible through clear communication. Nick has worked on projects all over the world, including the Olympics in Brasil and UK, The world trade centre, Hyperloop, Penn station, And Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.
Exec Creative Director
Callum is the Creative Director of our New York office. Callum’s work covers a spectrum of the moving image from traditional, linear filmmaking to interactive technology driven artworks. Presently, he is a fellow at the MIT’s Opendoclab where he is focusing on the convergence of technology and content.
Head of Production - Culture
Jamie is a producer with many years of experience in managing interactive video ads for global brands. She started her career as a motion designer for branded entertainment channels in LA before finding her true calling as a project manager. Jamie combines a design aesthetic and storytelling sensibility with strong communication and organisational skills to produce projects to a high standard.
Since co-founding Squint/Opera, Ollie has worked across a broad range of media including film, animation and branding. As a creative director of content and branding he provides inspiration and guidance for Squint's talented team to create original work through a combination of techniques and disciplines, from concept to finished product.
Vadim is responsible for the creative vision of the project. His expertise is in conveying complex information in a compelling way. Recent projects include: Empire State Experience in New York, V&A Video Games, National Army Museum and UK Pavilion at Milan Expo. He directs complex installations, moving images, UX and UI. A highly talented director, Vadim is constantly pushing the creative and technological boundaries in digital experiences.
Ben pursued a passion for digital content in a spatial context. With an architecture degree, he has experience of the architectural and digital industries, a working knowledge of filmmaking, animation, CGI and interactive processes online and in gallery. Recent projects include creative strategy for the UK Pavilion at Expo 15 and Weill Cornell’s Discovery Wall in New York.
As the Managing Director, Jan leads Squint Operas’s large London-based studio. Jan’s job is to help open a window on the future. Guiding and inspiring the amazing creative talents at Squint Opera, he helps architects, property developers and others to realise their visions. Combining business acumen with creativity, Jan’s expertise is in creating the right setting for collaborative working in multidisciplinary teams. Identifying and building on the strengths of architects, artists, designers, engineers writers and others Jan is working internationally.
Production Operations Director
Fareen graduated with BA in Architecture from J.N.T.U, in India. He now works as Head of VFX, working on many of large scale projects including compositing live action into 3D scenes, filming on location and also producing stereoscopic films. Fareen also deals closely with clients through workshops and meetings to gain a clear understanding of the client's requirements which can then be clearly translated to the 3D team.
Director - UK & Europe
Since co-founding Squint/Opera, Alice has directed and produced a wide range of large-scale film and digital projects. Playing a key role in defining our creative ambitions, she nurtures talent, encourages excellence and leads teams to achieve the highest quality work.
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