Robert has a background in the arts, design and political science. His passion for storytelling and creating experiences stretches across film, multimedia, vjing, creative direction and light/art festivals. He is a hybrid creative type who is only truly happy when he is developing new ideas and then making them come to life with purpose driven people.
He has created projects for a wide range of clients (STA Travel, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, NZTA, UNICEF) and arts festivals (NZ Festival Of the Arts, Sydney Vivid, Glow Eindhoven, Lumina Portugal, China Shanghai International Arts Festival, LUX Wellington).
Jess is a key member the Storybox creative team. She works on concept and content development as well as directing selected non-fiction and arts projects.
Jess is a documentary maker with 20 years’ industry experience. Her independent features ‘Gardening with Soul’ and ‘Cowboys & Communists’ have successfully screened in cinemas and at international festivals, winning awards at home and overseas. She has made prime-time documentaries and series for TVNZ and TV3 and created online content for a range of organisations including Oxfam, Motu and Auckland City Council.
Her Storybox arts projects explore the intersection of communities, emerging technologies and documentary.
Hilary Combes LLB (Hons) FCMA CGMA
As Business Manager, Hilary takes care of the ‘engine-room’ at Storybox: looking after its financial health, its legal, commercial and business elements and assisting its strategic direction.
Originally from Britain, Hilary first started working in media in 1998 while living in Jersey, CI. She emigrated to New Zealand in 2005 and has since overseen the finances for many local broadcast series, non-broadcast productions and a feature film. She was also responsible for the domestic and international accounting for interactive museum installations in Denmark, Australia and the USA.
She was awarded Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 2014.
Andrew has a varied background in artist management, project management, live music productions, event management, and art’s production. He started his art’s career managing bands and performance artists in Sydney. In the late 90s, Andrew moved to London where he was engaged as Nigel Kennedy’s concert agent for 10 years. He worked with Roger Waters on his In The Flesh world tour, as well as with artists Jeff Beck, Nina Simone, The Who, Jocelyn Pook, Donna McKevitt, Jaz Coleman, and Sarah Brightman on various music recordings and live events. Andrew also collaborated with Harvey Goldsmith (known for Live Aid and Live 8) on several live events.
Since moving to Wellington in 2015, Andrew has worked with the LUX Light Festival, the College of Creative Arts at Massey University, the New Zealand Festival and, most recently, the Wellington On a Plate festival.
Andrew brings his project management skills, client liaison experience, and attention to detail to the Storybox team as arts production manager.
A graduate of Southseas Film and Television School, and with Visual Effects and Digital Media qualifications from Yoobee School of Design, Madeline brings her production and creativity skills to Storybox as our Production Manager for video and digital.
Whilst studying, Madeline created content and productions for real world clients, gaining valuable practical experience of taking a project from its inception to its completion. She has also worked for a variety of production companies in roles both on-set and in the production offices.
Whether it’s co-ordinating and organising a shoot with a large production team, or venturing out with a small crew to film and edit a video assignment, she focusses on bringing together a project and delivering the best to her client.
Joe is Storybox’s creative coder. From a design background, he plays the role of designer-developer, approaching code with an artistic sensitivity and empowering creative decisions with the medium’s near-limitless potential.
Blending human and natural inputs, Joe’s work attempts to escape its digital containing and provoke intrigue and resonance on a more innate level. His work spans visual art, interactive installations, and immersive theatre, and has been presented at festivals around the world.
Envoy of the new, Joe broadens Storybox’s creative arsenal with a host of the wildest digital possibilities. Interactive installations, web applications, generative storytelling – nothing is out of reach.