Jan Ditlev Chris­tensen

ImagineFX - - Studio Profile Mood - Jan worked for just about all Den­mark's most im­por­tant stu­dios, in­clud­ing Ghost VFX and Dead­line Games be­fore es­tab­lish­ing MOOD in 2013. www.jan­ditlev.com

MOOD's se­nior con­cept de­sign, art di­rec­tor and co-founder talks clients, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and cui­sine

Could you tell us about yourself, and how you got into the in­dus­try?

I was ed­u­cated as a pro­duc­tion de­signer at The Royal Dan­ish Academy of Fine Arts. Since then I’ve worked on nu­mer­ous AAA games, fea­ture films, il­lus­tra­tions and ad­ver­tise­ments. I met Ras­mus at Io-In­ter­ac­tive dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Hit­man: Ab­so­lu­tion, and af­ter fin­ish­ing that we de­cided that we needed a stu­dio like MOOD in this part of the world.

Are you en­cour­aged to work as a team, or do you do your own thing?

We're all friends and col­leagues from the in­dus­try in Den­mark, and to en­sure the high­est qual­ity we know we have to work as a team. We're very hon­est when we give feed­back to one an­other, and of­ten work on top of each other's work.

Is there much back-and-forth be­tween you and your client?

At MOOD we have prod­uct own­er­ship, which means that an artist is given full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the client and de­liv­ery of a project. By hav­ing this setup, with the artist and client in close con­tact, we avoid a lot of mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion and as an artist you feel free and in­spired by this re­spon­si­bil­ity. In the end it en­sures a much smoother col­lab­o­ra­tion and a bet­ter prod­uct.

Who are your key in­flu­ences?

When it comes to art, it’s the old Dan­ish painters such as PS Krøyer and Ham­mer­shøi, French and Bel­gian comic books and Dan­ish de­sign in gen­eral. But I’m also in­flu­enced by things out­side our line of work, such as the Dan­ish restau­rant NOMA, which has been voted the best restau­rant in the world. It has fo­cused on in­gre­di­ents found lo­cally and I’m start­ing to do the same with my own work.

What's the nicest thing a client has said about your art?

I like the sound of "You rock!", but I don’t re­ally have one mem­o­rable client quote that stands out. I do get ex­tremely happy ev­ery time a client is pleased with my work!

Jonas Spring­borg gives some ad­vice to Jan.

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