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Dimitri Kalagas

Art Director and Filmmaker

Ideas are my craft and my passion. In the past these ideas have taken the form of advertising campaigns, graphic design, magazine editorial, club nights, radio shows, music videos, branded content and brand strategy.

Some of these ideas have been internationally awarded, and featured in publications around the world. Others (usually the most interesting ones) never made it past the concept stage.

Right now I’m interested in conceiving and executing ideas via content, experiences, creative strategy and emerging media platforms in order to tell a story, innovate and create a positive impact, whether it’s to benefit a brand or the broader community. Ideally for both.

I'm always stoked to hear about opportunities of all kinds from anywhere in the world, so drop me a line if you think we’d get along. (I’m sure we will).
Experience
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Apr 2013Present
Melbourne, Australia
Mar 2002
Creative and Art Director
Since 2002 I have maintained a continual stream of freelance projects for a variety of clients, providing creative services that include film, art and creative direction, production, branding and brand strategy, graphic design and photography, in industries ranging from fashion, music and entertainment to advertising and the corporate sector.

Clients include: EMI Records, Dew Process Recordings, Universal Music, Modular Records, Strike, Nobody Denim, Calvin Klein, Reform Clothing, Olio Zito and Wealth Creator Magazine.
Melbourne, Australia
Jun 2010
Director and Producer
Founded in 2010, Yang and Yang is the entity created by myself and my creative partner to house our past and future collaborative projects. To date these have included art installations and music videos, the future however, remains unwritten.
Melbourne, Australia
Mar 2005Sep 2009
Senior Art Director, Senior Designer and Music Editor
Commencing in 2005, I worked both in the media and agency arms at Lifelounge, where I created editorial content, photography and design for the internationally renowned Lifelounge Magazine and Lifelounge.com, as well as award winning art direction, ideation, strategy and design for select clients in above the line, experiential, branded content and integrated digital campaigns.

During my time in the Lifelounge creative department (consisting of a team of six), the company garnered a position within the Top 10 ranked creative agencies in Australia, and a Top 20 ranking across the Asia-Pacific region, according to Campaign Brief’s ‘The Work’ in 2009.

Clients included Adidas, Adidas Originals, Fosters, Pure Blonde, Victoria Bitter, Inertia Records, Cadbury Schweppes, Fairfax Digital/TheVine.com.au, Levi's, Jim Beam, Southern Comfort, Fiji Water, Chiko, STA Travel, Motorola, Nokia, TAC (Transport Accident Commission), Australia Post, Ansell Lifestyle, DMG/Nova Radio, Austereo Radio, Russian Standard Vodka and Lifelounge.com.
Education
Melbourne, Australia
Mar 2002Nov 2004
Bachelor Of Design (Visual Communication)
During my time at Monash I won a number of awards, including a partial scholarship for an identity design brief run by the federal government, and an excellence award for best image making in the final year of my course. I also achieved a high distinction average across all my subjects in the final year of my degree.
Melbourne, Australia
Oct 2010
Australian Film, Television And Radio School
Idea To Documentary
In 2010 I participated in a program focussed on developing treatments and scripts from initial documentary ideas.
Melbourne, Australia
Feb 2001Oct 2001
NCAT Design Studies
Design Foundations Certificate
In 2001 I took part in the Northland Design Studies program to further develop my conceptual and practical abilities in design.
Awards
2011
Winner - Action Category - Monster Children Photography Competition
2009
Gold World Medal for Art Direction
2009
Gold World Medal for Design
2009
Silver World Medal for Advertising Collateral
2009
Silver Bullet for Individual Art Direction
2009
Finalist - Best Art Direction
2009
Finalist - Best Mail
2009
Finalist - Best Point Of Purchase
2009
2009
Skills
 
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Bridge, Adobe After Effects, Microsoft Office, Final Cut pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Dreamweaver, Quicktime, HTML / CSS, CMS