Chris KELLY

Creative Director | INDUSTRIAL COLOR

Christoper Kelly is a Creative Director and Filmmaker. He currently leads the Creative Department at Industrial Color, a New York-based creative production company, in the development and execution of work for global brands. With over a decade of experience developing commercial campaigns, social content, short-form episodic content, documentary, OOH, experiential, and retail, he's been lucky to work with brands like Verizon, Kate Spade, Malin+Goetz, Campbells Soup Company, L'Oréal, and Tommy Hilfiger.

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1. What was your very first job? My first job was washing dishes, cleaning, and preparing food at a bagel shop. I realized quickly that I could find a way to make any job fun and that no matter how appealing the short cut is, it's probably not worth it. Since then, I've worked as a commercial director, photographer, art director, writer, and creative director. 

2. Please describe, in your own words, what your job is and what work it entails. As a creative director, I work with clients to develop a concept and vision for a project and shepherd the work through the production and post-production process. Each project requires a slightly different approach, but some consistent responsibilities include pitching ideas, research, daydreaming, ideation, photo and video shoots, design, writing, team leadership, and creative oversight. 

3. How did you discover that the creative world was right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? Was there a train of events that brought you where you are today? From my early childhood, I had a drive and curiosity to create. Whether drawing and painting, taking pictures with my point and shoot, or telling stories (sometimes as if they were real), I found myself most content in the act of creating. More than a train of events, I have found people being the most instrumental part of my growth and career trajectory. Showing up and being kind for each project, discussion, or role has provided countless learning opportunities and long-term relationships with mentors. 

4. In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how do you find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative, and relevant? I always try to measure the work by the project's values, make sure I have a solid understanding of the target demographics and their needs, and research creative approaches through history and mediums. Music is a constant source of inspiration along with getting out in nature, paying attention to the world around me, and filling the creative well by exploring art, film, photography, and writing. 

5. If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, more for the creative work and innovation rather than its recognition or industry "success," what would it be? I am in the process of completing an episodic short-form documentary project that profiles unique voices in the fashion industry. It was enriching to learn about how each artist develops work, finds inspiration, and overcomes obstacles. I hope viewers find the same value I did. 

6. Which creative disciplines do you commission most, and are most interested in seeing more of and why? Which of these disciplines are you most interested in seeing at CONNECTIONS? (ie photo, film, production, social, experiential, VR, CGI, animation etc) I primarily commission and have a deep love for photography and video work. I'm also very excited to see how artists explore storytelling through VR and immersive technology as it is becoming more accessible.

jury

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SVP, Group CD | EVOKE GIANT
SVP, Creative | ILLUMINATION ENTERTAINMENT
GCD | META DESIGN CHINA
Head of Creative Operations | SPECSAVERS
Chief Creative Officer | AUDIGENT
Sr. Producer | DROGA5
VP of Production | SYNEOS HEALTH
SVP, Integrated Broadcast Prod. | CRONIN & CO.
Creative Director
Sr. Producer | AMAZON
Sr. Creative Producer
Creative Director | VOX MEDIA
Executive Producer | KESSELSKRAMER / KK LA
Creative Director | FCB CHICAGO
Chief Production Officer | SWIFT
Creative Director | TOMBRAS
Executive Creative Director | TAG CREATIVE
Creative Director | FRED & FARID LA
Sr. Producer | LEO BURNETT CHICAGO
EVP Creative Director | REVHEALTH
Creative Director | McCANN
Marketing Director | ALASKA AIRLINES
Director of Production | Executive Producer
VP Creative Director | EVOKE HEALTH
CD | COMMONWEALTH / McCANN
Marketing Manager | VANGUARD
Principal | CRITERION GLOBAL
Executive Producer | GENERAL MILLS
‎Creative specialist | MICROSOFT
Chief Brand Officer | CAVU VENTURE PARTNERS
Sr. Producer | ARC WORLDWIDE CHICAGO
Creative Director | NIKE
Dir., Agency PM Platform Ops | PERISCOPE
Art Director | MICROSOFT
Group Creative Director | GREY NEW YORK
VP Creative Services | OGILVY MIAMI
Chief Creative Officer | GOLIN CHICAGO
Strategy Concept Design Film Photo | MAVODI
VP of Marketing | BROWN JORDAN
SVP Exec. Creative Director | FCB CHICAGO
Creative Director | SPIRIT & FLESH
CCO | MRM US WEST
Co-Founder, CD | GUS
CEO | DRAB AGENCY
Executive Creative Director | ALMACÉN
Creative Director | VMLY&R
Creative Director | PROLOGIS
ECD | VMLY&R
VP Creative Services | BATH & BODY WORKS
Co-Chief Creative Officer | AVRETT FREE GINSBERG
Chief Creative Officer | ISOBAR CANADA
ED, Brand & Content Marketing | IBM NY
Creative Director | LINKEDIN SF
Sr. Director of Marketing | NIKE
SVP, Executive Producer | LEO BURNETT CHICAGO
Founder | HEARTY
Chief Creative Officer | BAYARD
Managing Producer, Brand Creative | QVC
Sr. Art Producer | MARY KAY COSMETICS
SVP Creative Director | HILL / HOLLIDAY
CCO | INBRAX CHILE
Sr. Creative | THE VIA AGENCY
Producer | CAPITAL ONE
Chief Creative Officer | 11 HONORÉ
Chief Creative Officer | CEFT AND COMPANY
Executive Producer |
Creative Director | FERNWEH LAND
Creative Director | FPO MARKETING
Sr. Art Director | SPOTIFY (Former)
Visual Manager | WIRED
VP Creative Director | EVOKE GIANT
Chief Creative Officer | AGENCY 59 TORONTO
Snr. Producer | MICROSOFT
Lead Photo Editor | PINTEREST
CCO | COSSETTE TORONTO
Head of Production | CHOBANI
Head of Creative | THE REC LEAGUE
Senior Art Director | AMAZON MUSIC
VP Exec. Producer | AREA 23
SVP Group CD | TBWA\WORLDHEALTH
Chief Creative Officer | GREY MIDWEST
Creative Director | INDUSTRIAL COLOR
Head of Production | CO:COLLECTIVE
Design Creative | NETFLIX
Chief Creative Officer | LITTLSTAR
Senior Integrated Producer | UNILEVER, U STUDIO
VP | Director of Art Production | RPA
Art Director | SEGA
Associate CD | DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB
Head of Production and Studio | Whirlpool Corporation
Group CD | ACE HOTEL, ATELIER ACE
VP Creative | URBAN DECAY
Creative Director | FACEBOOK
ACD | ANOMALY
Creative Director
Creative Director | VMLY&R
Head of Production | LINKEDIN SF
CCO | PINNACLE CHICAGO
Chief Production Officer | WEBBY MEDIA GROUP
Sr. Producer | COMPASS
EVP, ECD | LEO BURNETT CHICAGO
Founder, Partner | CUTWATER
Photo Team Lead | SQUARE
CCO | WUNDERMAN THOMPSON
Sr. Creative Director | HOMELIGHT
Group Creative Director | VMLY&R
Art Director | THE ELDER STATESMAN
Creative Director | ANOMALY LA
Director of Creative Production | SQUARESPACE
Sr. Director of Marketing | JACUZZI GROUP
Creative Director | HEARST DIGITAL MEDIA
ACD | ANOMALY
VP Creative Director | EVOKE GIANT
EVP Creative Director | LEO BURNETT CHICAGO
Head of Production and Operations | JOHANNES LEONARDO
Group Creative Director | FISHAWACK HEALTH
Design Director | PEREIRA & O'DELL
Creative Director | GOOGLE SAN FRANCISCO
VP Creative Director |
Creative Director | CB2
SVP, Director of Production | PUBLICIS, THE PUB
Creative Producer | CHICO'S
FMR Sr. Creative Director | NIKE (Former)
Creative Director | (EX DON BUENOS AIRES)
Sr. Integrated Producer | BSSP
ACD | R/GA BRAZIL
Executive Creative Director | EBAY
Group Creative Director | INTER PARFUMS
VP Creative Services | WARNER RECORDS
Creative Producer | CONVERSE
VP, Exe. Producer | EDELMAN CHICAGO
Director of Production | 72ANDSUNNY NY
Creative Director | HUCKBERRY
Head of Production | WIEDEN + KENNEDY NEW YORK
EVP, ECD | LEO BURNETT CHICAGO
Creative Strategist | TIKTOK (Chicago)
Creative Director | NBC UNIVERSAL
Sr. Integrated Producer | LINKEDIN SF
Executive Producer | VOLKSWAGEN
Executive Producer | NIKE
Creative Director | WWE
Group Director, Integrated Production | VMLY&R
Sr. Art Director | COTY BEAUTY
Executive Producer | TRACTION FACTORY
Creative Director | SONOS
Head of Production | THE REC LEAGUE
VP Creative Director | GROUP NINE MEDIA
Executive Creative Director | ALLSTATE
Global Executive Creative Director | SID LEE CANADA
Executive Producer | FRED & FARID LA
Sr. Integrated Producer | CALVIN KLEIN
Sr. Photography Producer | APPLE
Marketing Consultant
Head of Design | 14TH AND MARKET
Senior Producer | JOHANNES LEONARDO
Sr. Producer | NEW AVON
Production Director | NELSON SCHMIDT
ACD | SAATCHI HONG KONG
Creative Director | MSMEYAGI CREATIVE
VP Assoc. Creative Director | HAVAS LIFE
Art Producer
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