It's a wonderful life
making beautiful things...

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...fantastic times at work... McGrew Studios: Salt Lake City UT. Photo: Chuck Waagen

People know me for costume and production design plus events and film production. As a producer in preproduction and on set, I levitate crews, logistics and budgets. By training and 30+ years' practice, I am a fast designer, cutter-draper-patternmaker, tailor and fabricator. 

People also know me as an alpha reader and content editor. I research unusual topics, read and respond to scripts, make résumés and websites for friends, plus I periodically engage in journalism. My interests converge all over the place and everything is fascinating.

Life is definitely best when I get to work with other creatives on exciting content and design. Work graces me with awesome zen states plus terrific colleagues, clients, students and friends. 

WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS

SCHEDULE ONE
FOR YOUR BUSINESS OR ACADEMIC GROUP
(801) 913-6762

I will perform as a public intellectual when asked.
And I have my own laser pointer!

Other workshops, presentations and topics I can discuss with your group are here.

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ETHICAL WORK

When Designers Need to Put Down Their Tools and Walk Away.

This is a workshop full of historic and contemporary examples about bad design and bad decisions. Fortunately, not too many of these come from the entertainment industries, but instead sadly come from situations and professional fields where the stakes have actually been high. This is also a workshop about strategies for how to stand your ground if YOU are being pressured to create work that's just plain bad for people or the planet.

We cover counter moves for creatives and designers who've had enough, who need practical solutions and reminders about why it's important as citizens and designers that we have a moral compass. 

If you wish, think of this workshop as coaching. It can be one-on-one personal coaching if you like. I love helping other creatives. Hit me up. I'll put the coffee on.

mr peanut goes to war

MASCOTS DEMYSTIFIED

Sweet Successes and Funny Failures Throughout History

My shop partners and I have made MANY mascots over the years, I've gone down some fun rabbit holes in researching this fascinating subject.

I've constructed a visual and interactive workshop addressing mascot theories, histories, anthropology, character ideas, designs, psychology, focus groups, dollars spent and ad-reach for some of the most memorable (as well as most forgettable) campaigns ever.

This is a presentation especially for marketing creatives - the people who need to make critical decisions which send the right messages.

 

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HOW TO HIRE

What Your Business Needs to Know About Contracting and Working With Designers.

I've operated a strange niche business in leased commercial space for more than 20 years and have survived several economic downturns- plus most of my team's work been as subcontractors! As a student, our university programs never required us to take business classes. This is a challenge for many. Along my path, I've studied and cultivated everything I could find about running a business within gig economy realities, and I have some hot tips for you, whether you're a contractor or a contractee.

As freelance designers or subcontractors, we must navigate particular challenges. But we also live in a fantastic economy full of opportunities for strategic alliances and ways to leverage our creative work.

Ultimately, businesses and designers need to develop common languages as well as sets of best practices to flourish together. We also need clear, legally binding contracts for managing project expectations and outcomes. If you're a fellow creative or a business seeking to subcontract one, I explain how to do all these things so your processes and products shine, and everyone wins!

CREATIVE WORK

My colleagues and I make amazing things.

My production and costume design operation is called McGrew Studios.

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CV

I have a Curriculum Vitae.

The print version needs a lot of paper.

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STRONG IDEAS- MODERATELY HELD

Mostly I keep my most incendiary ideas to myself.

But there's a bit of verbage here in this blog.

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LET'S TALK

      • Costumes and environments for your next film-
      • New wardrobe and effects you'll show off at your next big presentation-
      • Your narrative. Show me your scripts, proposals and book drafts-
      • Cultural and artistic issues-