Nick Hristou – editor

This week in the spotlight is Blueberry favourite, editor, Nick Hristou.

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Nick has been freelance editing in London for the last 7 years. His background in advertising for W+K Amsterdam has given him a broad range of skills and experience that he implements in each job he’s involved in.

Nick’s been lucky enough to work on a wide variety of work with a number of clients that include Passion Pictures, Vice and Vice News, AKQA and Grey Advertising, to name just a few. His experience ranges from everything from editing corporate films to idents and ads for broadcast, film trailers, news documentaries, sports programming, music videos, short form drama, editing highlight reels at the 2012 London Olympics and everything in-between.

Recently, Nick’s “secret” career has been exposed as his voice was featured in the most recent ad campaign for Wrangler. Not only is Nick willing and able to take control of the edit but adds even more flavour as he can lend his voice to any project that needs emotive narration.

As for Nick’s working philosophy, it’s simple: throw yourself into each project, have fun and work hard to get the best possible edit you can.

View Nick’s full portfolio here

Patrick Fenn – editor

At Blueberry we feel privileged to meet talented people on a weekly basis, this week the spotlight is on Blueberry favourite, editor, Patrick Fenn.

Patrick is an offline editor cutting on Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Avid. Completing numerous TVC’s and content for high profile clients and broadcasters including Netflix, Skoda, Maynards, Hewlett-Packard, DHL, BBC, Channel 4, NBC Universal, Coca-Cola, William Hill, IKEA and Barclays. He is also a filmmaker and has directed several shorts, as well as feature-length documentary “The Hunting Season”. Patrick’s work has been screened at the Manchester Short Film Festival and broadcast on Channel 4 as part of their ‘3 Minute Wonder’ strand.

Patrick is an asset to our team, he’s experienced and extremely capable with a great eye for creativity. Patrick thrives as part of a team and is motivated by his past ventures.

View Pat’s full profile here

Gonçalo Perdigão – motion graphic designer

At Blueberry we are privileged to meet super talented people on a weekly basis. This week the spotlight is on a Blueberry favourite, motion graphic designer, Gonçalo Perdigão.

Gonçalo is a passionate, multi-skilled, Portuguese designer who is well versed in almost all aspects of design and post-production. Innovative and creative, he loves a challenge and has worked on a diverse range of projects. With a background in Science of Communication, he quickly discovered a passion for motion design in his native Portugal and then went on to gain specialisations in Multimedia Design, Editing and Motion Design. Before starting work at Brandia Central and later Illusive Studios in Lisbon.

Recent clients Gonçalo has completed work for include AKQA, Havas Worldwide, Hogarth, Craft, Parlourwood and Grey. As well as a dream role at MPC, a client he was determined to work for. He is proficient in Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop, Cinema 4D, FCP and Mocha.

He is very hard working, determined and goal orientated with exceptional interpersonal skills Gonçalo definitely stands out from the crowd!

View his full portfolio here

Neil Szymanski – motion graphic designer

We at Blueberry are privileged to meet brilliantly talented people who inspire us on a weekly basis. This week the spotlight is on motion graphic designer, Neil Szymanski.

Neil is a passionate and enthusiastic motion designer with over 6 years industry experience. He started out as at The Moving Picture Company as a runner, before being promoted into the FX Studio, where he spent 4 years learning his trade. He went on to become Head of Design at music company, JJ Stereo. Taking charge of the pitching process and developing further his creative and conceptual skills. He then joined another music company, Peacock Design as Head of Motion Design, where he led a small team of designers.

Having worked on high end broadcast commercials to music promos and corporate videos. He has a range of skills that allow him to take a brief from concept through to delivery. Neil is a confident, client facing designer who has worked with many clients over the years such as Nike, BBC, FOX, Channel 4, BP, Ferrero Rocher, Cadbury’s, Universal and Sony. He uses Cinema 4D and the Adobe Suite in his daily workflow and also creates 3D art almost every day.

View his full portfolio here

Hayley Akins – motion graphic designer/animator

At Blueberry we are privileged to meet super talented people who inspire us on a weekly basis. In the spotlight this week is our most recently signed motion graphic designer and animator, Hayley Akins.

Hayley has 6 years experience working as a motion designer and animator with high profile clients including Google, YouTube, UNICEF, First Utility and Mr Porter. Previously Hayley worked at the creative agency Across the Pond, the in-house video agency at Google. Hayley was their Senior Motion Designer and Lead Animator on many large scale projects, she was relied upon to be the brand advisor for Google videos making sure her team followed Google’s struck brand guidelines.

Hayley has also directed a number of animated music videos for UK and US bands and is currently working on her own animated short film.

View Hayley’s full portfolio here