Zooppa Featured Member: Sean Brown

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Hey Zooppers! Meet this week’s featured member, director, editor, and GFX artist, Sean Brown.  Sean is the co-owner of Mad Hat Creative, a busy production & post production facility in Atlanta, GA. Sean first joined Zooppa several years ago for the Intel project and recently placed 1st in the San Diego Zoo: Saving Rhinos From Extinction project for his adorable video Rhino, Rhino, RhinoWhen Sean isn’t busy working with clients such as TBS, CNN, Disney, and the Discovery Channel you can find him at the local cross fit gym or hanging with his family.

Glad to have you Sean! Check out his full interview below.


Tell us about yourself, personally and creatively.

My name is Sean Brown I’m a Director/Editor/GFX artist. I am currently a co-owner at Mad Hat Creative (www.madatl.com)  a busy production & post production facility in Atlanta GA. I’ve worked with a wide variety of clients including TBS, CNN, Disney, Discovery Channel, Coca-Cola, Verizon, The United States Marines, Children’s Health Care, American Cancer Society, Atlantic Records and many more. Outside of my day to day work as a Director/Editor/VFX artist I shoot commercials contests. 


What brought you to the Zooppa community?

I started participating in the Zooppa community several years ago with an online contest for Intel. I found the contest while I was browsing the internet for projects. 


What do you like most about crowdsourced film contests?

Crowd sourcing is a great opportunity for young filmmakers to create awesome commercials without any creative restrictions. I absolutely recommend crowd sourcing for any young filmmaker.  


Name 3 films/directors that have influenced your work.

The work of these directors has influenced my work- Edgar Wright, Daniels, PT anderson. It’s kind of a random list but I’ve watched interviews from all of these directors and I have definitely stole some of their techniques.


Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your filmmaking?

I went to school at Southern Illinois University. Academically I didn’t learn a ton but I did learn a lot from alt.news 26:46 a student run news program. I’ve also learned a lot on my own through various blogs and websites. At the end of the day, the best way to learn is by doing. 


What is your favorite genre of film to create?

I love making anything that combines VFX and comedy. 


Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?

At a crossfit gym or hanging with my family. 


Choose 5 words to describe your art.

This is too hard…Sorry!


What projects are you currently working on?

I’m working on several corporate and commercial videos through my company, Mad Hat Creative.


What drew you to participate in this campaign? i.e. – did the brief catch your attention, the prize money, the love for the brand?

I wanted to shoot a video with my kids. I loved the idea of my 2 year old son Tucker running around in a Rhino costume. 


What is one piece of advice you would give to your fellow Zooppa community members?

Make a lot of content! You will get better over time. Don’t worry about losing. Keep at it and eventually you will win!


10 years from now where will we see you and your films?

I love making short commercials so I will probably continue doing that. I would also like to make a feature film later in my career. 


For more information on Sean and to check out his work view his personal profile and Zooppa profile.




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