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Dimitri Kalagas

Art Director and Filmmaker

Los Angeles, CA, USA
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).

Work Experience

TBWA\Media Arts Lab

Senior Art Director

April 2013 - Present Los Angeles, California, United States

Freelance

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.
March 2002 Melbourne, Australia

Yang And Yang

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.
June 2010 Melbourne, Australia

Lifelounge

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.
March 2005 - September 2009 Melbourne, Australia

Education

Monash University

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.
March 2002 - November 2004 Melbourne, Australia

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.
October 2010 - October 2010 Melbourne, Australia

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.
February 2001 - October 2001 Melbourne, Australia

Awards

Monster Children Magazine

Winner - Action Category - Monster Children Photography Competition

2011

New York Festivals Awards

Gold World Medal for Art Direction

2009

New York Festivals Awards

Gold World Medal for Design

2009

New York Festivals Awards

Silver World Medal for Advertising Collateral

2009

Young Guns International Award

Silver Bullet for Individual Art Direction

2009

MADC

Finalist - Best Art Direction

2009

MADC

Finalist - Best Mail

2009

MADC

Finalist - Best Point Of Purchase

2009

Luerzer's Archive

In Book

2009

Communication Arts

In Book

2009

Skills

Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Office, Quicktime, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Illustrator, CMS, HTML / CSS,