DIGBY HOGAN: creative director
Digby has been working in the local industry for 10 years and during that time has had the opportunity to work along side some of Australia's greatest directors and creatives. In his early years, Digby worked part time as a grip to help fund his film making passions. He was constantly creating content so that he could hone his editing craft, spending his weekends and evenings learning as much as he possibly could. Digby then ventured out as a freelance editor for a short period of time before working full time with Cutting Edge for 2 years. With a growing interest in long form content, Digby moved back into freelance editing to complete a feature length period drama and a feature length documentary. From there the demand for more space and bigger facilities lead him to make the jump from Digby Hogan - Freelance Editor to The Empire Post.
1. What was your favourite toy as a kid? A wooden train set and an overload of stuffed toys that occupied residency at the bottom of my bed
2. What is a dish that you will never eat again? Truffles and/or truffle oil. There's nothing worse than not being warned something has truffle in it.
3. Do you have any hobbies? Is work a hobby? I love aviation and over the past 12 months have been in the process of getting my pilots licence. Flying is the most amazing feeling
4. What is the best surprise you have ever had? A puppy! Nicole unknowingly dragged me to Toowoomba one afternoon to meet "Luna" and now she is apart of the Empire family.
5. Would you rather never have to work again or never have to need sleep again? Never need sleep!! #Me there can never be enough time in a day.
NICOLE MANNS: MANAGING DIRECTOR
In 2014 Nicole joined forces with Digby and together they started the Empire. Stepping away from freelance production managing, Nicole brought with her 7 years of production experience and a Bachelors degree in Film & Screen Media Production.
1. What excites you so much that it keeps you awake the night before? Christmas! I'm a crazy Christmas person. Christmas in July is also a big tradition of ours.
2. What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?
I grew up in a rural town and we were left to our own imagination to entertain ourselves. I think my parents would die a little inside if they knew all the stupid things we did. But as an adult I'm not much of a thrill seeker. Trusting Digby to teach me to snowboard proved to be pretty dangerous though!
3. Who would you want to be stranded on an island with?Obviously Bear Grylls or some other person highly skilled in survival techniques... or maybe Rex Hunt, I do love fishing!
4. What books influenced you the most while growing up?
When I was in primary school I refused to get into the Harry Potter series. Instead I was obsessed with the Tomorrow series by John Marsden. I was preparing for the end of the world. Those books were my inspiration to study film. I wanted to make them into a TV series... unfortunately someone beat me to it!
5. Would you rather live 10 x 100 year lives or live for 1000 years? I love the idea of being able to start fresh every 100 years... but I'll take the 1000 year long life. Imagine all the advancements you would get to see and things you could do with that much time!
KAIT FERGUSON: PRODUCER
Kait joined the Empire at the beginning of 2017 and has been working in post production and television for the past 5 years. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from working across some of Australia’s biggest brands including BHP Billiton, Tourism Queensland and BCF.
1. What movie title best describes your life? ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?'
2. What is your go to karaoke song? ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen. Although I wish it was ‘You Can Call me Al’ by Paul Simon, but nobody wants to sit through that penny whistle solo.
3. What's your secret talent that no one knows about? I could never reveal it.
4. What’s your life motto? ‘What’s a motto with you?'
5. Would you rather go back to age 5 with everything that you now know or know now everything your future self will learn? Know everything my future self will learn! (A 5 year old should not know the taste of hard liquor.)
GEORGIA MACKAY: OFFLINE EDITOR
Georgia has been with the Empire since before it's creation, starting as an intern during her studies in 2014. She started out as an assistant editor and fast proved herself to be a highly talented and creative editor. Boasting skills in motion graphics and design along with strong story telling abilities, Georgia is fast becoming a favourite amongst directors and creatives.
1. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Mulan.
2. What is your favourite happy hour drink? Many espresso martinis.
3. What is your favourite song from the 90’s? 'Bills Bills, Bills' - Destiny’s Child.
4. If you had 1 million dollars, what would you do? Pay Beyoncè to surprise serenade me at any time in the next ten years.
5. Would you rather have hands that keep growing as you got older or feet that kept growing as you got older? Feet, at least that means more shoes.
Monique smith: Junior Producer
Monique is Griffith Film School alumnus, completing her Bachelor of Film & Screen Media Production in 2016. Since starting with The Empire Post in 2017, Monique has cut her producing teeth on various TVCs & long form productions for clients such as CPL & Savills. Whilst also adding a number of recently completed Screen QLD short films & pilots to her portfolio.
1. What is your favourite movie? Mary & Max. It’s my favourite because
1. It’s Australian
2. It’s stop motion so it’s beautiful (plus I just love stop motion) 3. It’s funny, sad, heartwarming and a bit weird - the perfect combo.
2. What's your biggest phobia? Whale sharks. It’s irrational because they’re harmless, gentle creatures but, I don’t know, they’re so giant and they have these giant mouths and they just inhale food. Creeps me out. What if one accidentally swallowed me? No thanks.
3. What would be your death row meal?
4. What song best sum up your life right now? Happy- Pharrell Williams. Even though I find the song a little annoying.
5. Would you rather have fingers as long as legs or legs are short as fingers? I feel like the most practical choice is legs as short as fingers because at least your hands are still normal. I can’t imagine having fingers as long as legs would be very useful except for maybe reaching things far away…
liam selby: Junior editor
Liam brings with him a Bachelors Degree in Creative Industries majoring in film and television. Since graduating, he has been focusing on developing his editing skills and also technical knowledge of work flows and edit systems. Liam's focus is to continue honing his skills in After Effects to expand his creative motion graphics portfolio. Liam joined the team in August 2017 and we're sure to see him grow quickly under the guidance of our skilled editing team
1. If you were to have 1 super power, what would it be? To pause time.
2. Name one fun fact about yourself? When I was a baby, my parents met Michael Caine who said that I was a cute baby but I don't think he'd recognise me now.
3. What cartoon character can you most relate to? Gene from Bob's Burgers.
4. If you could have dinner with any 3 people, dead or alive, who would they be? David Bowie, Stephen Fry and Jordan Peterson
5. Do you have a hidden talent? I can bend my thumbs back waay too far because I'm a freak.
WE LOVE COFFEE.
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