#btconf Berlin, Germany 13 - 16 Nov 2019

Mike Hill

Mike is a multi-disciplinary designer working in the film and video game industry.

Mike designs worlds for the entertainment industry, creating concepts for film, TV and video games. Among other projects, Mike has designed for films such as Blade Runner 2049, HBO's Game of Thrones, as well as for video games such as the best-selling Call of Duty series Sony's award-winning Horizon: Zero Dawn and the upcoming Dune and more.

Mike's works have been published in the Spectrum series as well as in Expose 3: The Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe. Mike contributes to magazines such as Popular Mechanics and 3D World and is regular lecturer at events such as Industry Workshops in London as well as Portugal's Trojan Horse was a Unicorn.

Mike's major interest is in the psychology of storytelling and how an understanding of mythology and contemporary psychology is crucial to understanding how great stories work.

Mike currently works as a design consultant in the film industry - advising on scripts as well as creating production designs for upcoming unannounced projects.

The Story of You

Why do we do the things we do? What really drives our personalities? And how do our personalities form in the first place?

Each of us is complex and unique – but much like a handful of chords can produce a unique piece of music, or a few colors can combine into a full spectrum – our personalities are composed of far fewer ingredients than we might expect given the huge diversity we see in ourselves and those around us.

Utilizing modern neuroscience aswell as a contemporary system of psychology embraced by Hollywood Director David Fincher – the award-winning psychological storyteller behind Fight Club, House of Cards, Mindunter and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – this talk will simplify what complex psychology can tell us about why we behave the way we do in a simple, beginner friendly way.

This talk will provide you with a new way to understand you – and bring a new level of understanding and empathy for those around you – and shed light on the unconscious mechanisms that operate below the surface of your awareness – and how these automated mechanisms shape your life and your behaviour.

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