Alex Alvarez

Gnomon School of VFX, Games & Animation

EMILY HARRIDGE

FOUNDING DIRECTOR, VISUAL PLAYGROUND

Emily is the Founding Director of Visual Playground, an award-winning creative studio in Melbourne. With a passion for design, knowledge in the latest technology and expertise in animation, vfx and virtual reality, Visual Playground is a collection of passionate artists who strive for the best in everything they create.

Emily began her stint in broadcast as a graphic designer and courtroom artist for Channel 9 Melbourne. She established VP in 2002 and now has 13 years experience in leading her team as Creative Director. Emily has built an outstanding reputation in creating the identity, graphics package and opening titles for top rating Australian TV shows such as The Voice Australia, Australia’s Next Top Model, MasterChef Australia and Neighbours, just to name a few.

Building on the strong broadcast background, VP has evolved to attract agencies and brands alike and has developed the creative pool including producers, directors, designers, 2D/3D animators, VFX artists and creative technologists to produce high-end television commercials, visual effect shots and 3D animations and entertaining productions across all platforms.

Visual Playground works with clients to develop compelling broadcast design, television commercials, visual effects, brand identity and virtual reality solutions for brands including Mazda, The Australian Airshow, Honda, Zoos Victoria, Etihad Stadium, the CFA and Myer.

As the industry progresses with new technology, there is a need for a people that are innovative with fresh ideas and the know-how that are bold enough to stand at the forefront of this constantly changing industry. Emily prides herself on not only being brave when it comes to making creative decisions, but also in leading a team that is always one step ahead.