Chicago-based design studio Leviathan announced three new hires – associate producer Erica Grubman, editor Kirill Mazor and creative developer Chris Hall.
Grubman joins Leviathan from Chicago-based strategic design agency Otherwise, where she began in 2013 as a content strategist, before rising to serve as both a producer and an art director over the past two years. With a B.A. from the University of Miami, and experience working in all aspects of strategic communications and project management, she has helped produce identities, websites and traditional and digital campaigns for scores of high-profile national clientele.
“I think what sets Leviathan apart is the diverse nature of the work they’re doing,” she said. “Each project is unique, which makes it a challenge, but also super exciting.”
Mazor has been involved in editing feature film and creative projects since graduating with his B.A. in film/cinema/video studies from Columbia College Chicago in 2012. He established Imago Collective in 2013, serving as creative director alongside other filmmakers, designers, tech specialists, engineers and programmers to create interactive installations for the Electric Forest Music Festival, among others. As an assistant editor, Kirill’s credits include the feature documentaries Is That You? and Dancing in Jaffa, the latter of which won best editing honors at the DocAviv Film Festival.
“Working at Leviathan is the wonderful synthesis of my strongest skillset, media technology and editorial work, with my greatest interest, experiential and interactive design,” he explained.
Hall earned his B.S. degree in computer engineering from Boston University. He has operated Patchy Projects for the past two years, working directly with rising performance artists to develop inventive interactive installations which have appeared at the Museum of Science and Industry, Millennium Park, Lincoln Hall, and various art and music festivals. A former software architect and consultant for Mobius, Hall also previously held the position of lead developer for TouchVision TV.
“Leviathan is creating cutting-edge projects and exploring our relationships with technology… they really cross the line between art and engineering in ways that I’ve never seen before,” he said. “Their creations are artistic and functional, and feel so in line with my own ideas.”