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MODE's CEO/President Colleen Bonniol Interviewed by Live Design

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As CEO/president of MODE Studios, Colleen Bonniol helped transform the company from a design firm into a hybrid experience agency, which now has a multi-talented roster of designers including Butch Allen, Zak Borovay, Caryl Glaab, Anne Militello, and Pablo Molina, plus architect Wyn Bielaska, in addition to chief creative officer/producer Bob Bonniol. Live Design shares the back story as well as the current state of affairs at MODE, in this informative interview with Colleen.
— Ellen Lampert-Greaux, Live Design.

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MODE brings massive mapping and immersive LED to NBC/Universal for the 2018 Los Angeles Screenings.

MODE worked closely with strategic partner Antfarm to create an immersive experience for NBC/Universal's Los Angeles Screenings - The annual gathering of foreign press and international media buyers anxious to get their first glimpses of the year's new programming.  NBC/Universal asked that there first be an element of dramatic entrance and joyful surprise:  Antfarm and MODE worked to create an epic curving tunnel of LED, an environment of content and light that revealed at it's end a vast sound stage featuring a one hundred and twenty five foot wide projection screen gorgeously inhabited with Antfarm's beautiful program sequences.  MODE Principal Bob Bonniol served as Screens Producer and System Designer, specifying the blended projection systems in the main room, as well as the one hundred foot tunnel constructed entirely of 2.7mm LED panels.  The system utilized Disguise Media Servers, and was provided by Screenworks/NEP.  MODE Creative Director Butch Allen managed production for the event, coordinating MODE's efforts with the grip and lighting departments on the NBC/Universal lot, and then supervising the smooth running of the screenings daily. 

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MODE Studios Continues Expansion with Top-Tier Talent Additions: Anne Militello, Caryl Glaab and Pablo N. Molina

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SEATTLE and LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK, May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective immediately, Colleen and Bob Bonniol of Seattle-based hybrid experience agency MODE Studios are adding three more top-tier talents to their roster. New appointments include Anne Militello, who joins as Principal Designer/Producer, and Caryl Glaab, who signs on as Creative Director and Screens Producer. The firm is also adding longtime collaborator Pablo N. Molina as Principal Designer and Interactive Producer.

A world renowned lighting designer and artist, Anne Militello brings phenomenal, award-winning experience in architecture, theater, concert tours, theme parks and light art installations to her new role. Also continuing as the Head of Lighting Design for CalArts' School of Theater, Anne's world-class portfolio spans the globe, featuring scores of ultra-prestigious architectural, live and themed entertainment projects. Widely recognized for setting new standards for lighting design – and pioneering new art forms – Anne's collaborations with legendary entertainers have illuminated Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Royal Albert Hall, Canadian Opera House, Seattle Opera, Staples Center and many other premier venues.

Based in New York City, Caryl Glaab is one of the live entertainment industry's foremost video designers, creative directors and visual artists. Caryl joins MODE from the world famous Blue Man Group, where he has served as the video designer and a creative director since 1989. An essential part of Blue Man's remarkable success story from its earliest days, Caryl has designed stage productions ranging from single-projector shows to massive-scale Las Vegas attractions, arena and theatrical tours of all sizes, broadcast and live appearances, and feature entertainment projects… all reflecting his signature style and aesthetics. His breathtaking environments and video installations also grace prominent architectural venues across America.

MODE's Principal Designer and Interactive Producer Pablo N. Molina is a world-class artist and technologist. Known for employing groundbreaking use of emerging technologies such as AR/VR, real-time visuals rendering, live digital video processing, interactive content and projection mapping, Pablo's work represents a new class of immersive media environments. His inventive experiences and exhibitions uniting live performance and architecture have appeared at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, Broadway, EMPAC, LACMA, Microsoft, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, On The Boards, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, RedCat, Salesforce, Sundance New Frontiers, TED, The Wexner Center, The Whitney Museum and Yerba Buena.

"With Anne, Caryl, Pablo, and our other recent all-star additions, we are certain that the ideation and the experiential development we are bringing to the table for our clients is absolutely unmatched," said Colleen Bonniol, MODE's CEO and Executive Producer. "We also have the extraordinary support in place to ensure that even our most imaginative and ambitious feats will all work, seamlessly."

"Moving forward," added MODE's Executive Creative Director Bob Bonniol, "MODE's superpowers will come from combining all of these talents to create magic the world has never seen."

About MODE Studios
Known around the globe as world-class purveyors of spectacle, MODE Studios is a hybrid experience agency providing transformative moments that engage and inspire. Designing, directing and producing live events and permanent installations for major brands, entertainment companies and architects, MODE's proprietary projects and solutions are built on this belief: Magic is real. Learn more about the Women's Business Enterprise National Council Certified company's powerful history of creating phenomenal experiences, and its patent storytelling alchemy, at http://www.modestudios.com.

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Happy Place is Making LA Happy Again !

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Happy Place is Making LA Happy Again !

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Now open at LA Live, Happy Place is once again drawing kids, influencers, celebs, and everyone in between to take selfies that sparkle with funky and fun !

With Creative Direction from Butch Allen of MODE Studios, along with Happy Place founder and visionary Jared Paul, Happy Place is lighting up faces and instagram accounts with frothy fun, and joy.  Twelve immersive environments encourage play, exploration, and instagrammable moments...

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MODE grows !

 - MODE's new Leadership Team, L to R: Bob Bonniol, Colleen Bonniol, Zak Borovay, Butch Allen, Wyn Bielaska

- MODE's new Leadership Team, L to R: Bob Bonniol, Colleen Bonniol, Zak Borovay, Butch Allen, Wyn Bielaska

Since the cat is out of the bag in hundreds of media outlets, including CNBC and Live Design, we thought it only fitting to share the fantastic headline here as well...

MODE is scaling to meet the needs of our numerous clients, and this is only the beginning
— Colleen Bonniol - CEO

SEATTLE and LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK, March 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The principals of Seattle-based hybrid experience agency MODE Studios are very proud to welcome three high-profile executives to the company, which is a Women's Business National Enterprise Council Certified business. According to CEO and Executive Producer Colleen Bonniol, and Global Creative Director Bob Bonniol, these new appointments, which are effective immediately, also expand the company's physical presence in Los Angeles and NYC.

First, MODE is adding Los Angeles-based Butch Allen as its Creative Director, Designer and Producer. Renowned as a leading concert production designer, Butch's work as creative director for the "Happy Place" pop-up experience – which started grabbing headlines in LA entertainment guides in late 2017 – represents a thrilling new genre of selfie-inspiring destination installation.

Winner of the 2017 Parnelli Award for Lighting Designer of The Year for his smashing scenic design for Paramore, further validation of Butch's unmatched wizardry appears in his creations for brands like Chevrolet, for eSports events for Activision/Blizzard, and for broadcast spectacles like America's Got Talent and Dancing with The Stars. The bands he's designed for include Christina Aguilera, Black Sabbath, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, The Eagles, Garbage, Hole, Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony, Ricky Martin, Ozzy, Paramore, Seal, Gwen Stefani, Van Halen and Yes, to name but a few.

The next addition builds upon MODE Architectural, MODE's original venture specializing in the design and implementation of video and interactive features in permanent installations. Through that focus, the Bonniols' bond was forged with registered Architect and famed University of Washington instructor Wyn Bielaska, leading to today's appointment of Wyn as MODE's Experience Architect.

Widely acknowledged as a "phenom" in the realm of architecture, Wyn's unique vision and his highly original designs have introduced new aesthetics into many famous building projects now existing in North America, Europe, China and the Middle East. The range spans museums, performing arts centers, large mixed use complexes, resorts, waterfront developments, and much more. He is also a sculptor, a photographer and a multimedia artist.

Finally, MODE's expansion to the U.S. East Coast comes via the addition of NYC-based Zachary Borovay, who joins the company as Video/Interactive Designer and Screens Producer. Zak's patent creativity and design expertise is an essential ingredient in scores of the world's most acclaimed live events - as well as performances appearing in top-tier theaters and showplaces worldwide.

The projection designer behind a dozen Broadway shows, Zak's visually stunning contributions to themed environments include serving as a consultant to Walt Disney Theme Parks, and projects at Universal Studios Hollywood, among many other entertainment industry giants. Now, as part of MODE Studios, Zak is cross-pollinating his talents and capabilities into a new class of environments set to thrill and deeply engage audiences of all ages.

"There is a driving need in architecture – and in experience marketing – to create meaningful engagements for consumers," Colleen began. "With the addition of Butch, Wyn and Zak, we are putting the scale and expertise in place to give any architect or brand the creative capability to answer this need for powerful activated spaces."

And according to Bob, an Emmy Award-winning designer himself, "Over the past several years, MODE has helped to establish the discipline of immersive experiential storytelling. Having added these amazing talents to our team, our deep expertise in the worlds of concert, theater, architecture, and interactive art provide us with the perfect prescription for empowering clients, and creating worlds for stories."

He continued, "Our reach involves technology, innovation, and technique, but it brings with it enormous knowledge of context, culture, and art. Essentially, we now stand ready to support brands, agencies and architects needing to add our capabilities to access phenomenal results."

Learn more about MODE Studios, its principals and its talents, by visiting http://www.modestudios.com.

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MODE Architectural featured in HOW Design's 5 Design Highlights of The Week !

How cool is it to be featured in one of the "go to" resources for Designers everywhere ?  HOW picked our immersive and interactive design work for the phenomenal new GM World installation.  Three years, 28,000 pixels wide, enough content for tfour feature films, all driven by a custom AI we developed with our friends from Antfarm...  

 GM World featuring the custom content piece, Reef.  Creative Direction for media and interactivity by MODE Architectural.  

GM World featuring the custom content piece, Reef.  Creative Direction for media and interactivity by MODE Architectural.  

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MODE Studios provides Production Design and Screens Producing for America's Got Talent Live 2017

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Once again, MODE Principal Designers Butch Allen and Bob Bonniol provided Production Design and Screens Producing for Freemantle Media's headlining Vegas production of America's Got Talent ! 

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Working with our favorite (an incomparable) Director Amy Tinkham, and Choreographer Scotty Nguyan, MODE put together a dynamic LED driven set, surrounded it with spectacular lighting, and painted this amazing canvass with pixels... From contestent intros, to beautiful digital scenery, the show brought all of the impact of the broadcast direct to enthusiastic sold out houses at Planet Hollywood.

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MODE Studios provides Creative Direction and Screens Producing for GPJ Worldwide's Epic Production of Rodan + Fields Convention 2017

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MODE Studios Chief Creative Officer Bob Bonnio, and Principal Designer Pablo Molina, rolled with an "A" team of artists and technicians to bring order and beauty to the vast screens driven production of Rodan + Fields Convention 2017

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Working under the guidance of GPJ Executive Producer Gavin Link, Bob generated concepts and renderings for a beat by beat breakdown of the flashy and informative programming that thirty thousand enthusiastic R+F Associates would soak up onsite at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

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Pablo headed up the Screens Programming team, while also creating custom Notch realtime animations on the fly to make sure that execution was flawless for the audience onsite, as well as for the broadcast stream going out live to the thousand tuning in remotely.

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The event culminated with a fantastic concert by pop star Rachel Platten.  MODE provided custom concert content as well as Notch Real Time effects programming to perfectly culminate this multi day exravaganza...  We were thrilled to be working with our favorite showman at GPJ to once again create memorable experiences !

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MODE provides GPJ Worldwide with Screens Producing, Content Production, and Creative Direction for Alibaba

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Experiential super agency GPJ Worldwide, once again reached out to MODE to provide Screens Producing, Content Production, and Creative Direction  for Alibaba's Gateway 2017 summit, in Toronto.  With Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma on hand, accompanied by Canada's visionary Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, this event had to deliver at the highest level. 

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A combination of immersive sales floor, and arena scale main session presentation demanded content that was thematic, reactive, and at enormous scale.  MODE worked with Possible in Los Angeles to utilize the VR application Tilt Brush to create a process for 'painting' immersive looks, and implementing them in the projection mapped immersive screen space. 

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Custom sequences were created for the event's main introduction, as well as for Jack Ma, PM Justin Trudeau, and the other VIP's present.  Onsite, MODE's Screens Producing squad nimbly handled last minute updates, tracked and delivered all screen assets, and provided smooth and easy execution of media cues.

We are always thrilled to work with the team at GPJ, creating amazing moments !

Bob Bonniol provides Creative Direction to Chevrolet's Global Auto Shows in 2016

MODE Studios Director Bob Bonniol was tapped by Jack Morton Worldwide to provide Creative Direction for Chevrolet in their Global Auto Shows in 2016.  Bob worked closely with JMW, Czarnowski, Moment Factory, The Ant Farm, Leviathan, Arsenal, Switch Post and Light Source to create immersive environments for Chevrolet in Detroit, Geneva, Beijing, New York, Seoul, Los Angeles, and Delhi.  We are thrilled to work with the whole team from GM/Chevrolet !

MODE brings the flash and dazzle to T-Mobile in their 2015 Shareholders Meeting

MODE brings the flash and dazzle to T-Mobile in their 2015 Shareholders Meeting

MODE provided a complete video package to one of our favorite collaborators,Tom Sturge for his Production Design for T Mobile.  Projection, playback, and personnel brought sweet pink pixels to life in this mission critical event for T Mobile.  Many thanks to MODE'sters Brandon Oosterhof and Travis Mouffe for making it look easy and delivering success...

A Little X Factor Fun !

Here's a blast from last fall... Where else do we get to create plush puppy particles ?

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MODE Studios principal bob bonniol serves as creative director for chevrolet at the 2015 naias

MODE Studios Creative Director Bob Bonniol directed the environmental/interactive design of Chevrolet’s sprawling booth at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  Using a vast array of video technology, and a stunning suite of content, the booth got rave reviews.  Associate Creative Director Butch Allen and Content Management Artist Kerstin Hovland rounded out the onsite crew that took charge of integrating immersive video, audio, and lighting.  MODE worked closely with The Ant Farm, Arsenal FX, Mindfield, and Switch Post to develop the recurring 40 minute show.  Many thanks to Jack Morton Worldwide and General Motors for entrusting us with such a fantastic creative task !

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mode studios vj's the edm stage at budweiser's made in america festival los angeles

MODE was thrilled to provide Video design and VJ services for the Made In America Festival in Los Angeles.  MODE’ster Travis Mouffe handled onsite video slinging to a radically cool arrangement of pixel mapped lighting fixtures and groovy screen technology all provided by our friends at VER.  With system design by Jason Rudolph, we killed it for three straight days at the MIA EDM stage !

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mode principal bob bonniol is screens producer for america's got talent live at the planet hollywood axis theater

MODE Studios once again provided system and content for America’s Got Talent Live 2014 at the Axis Theater in the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Casino.  We whipped up a fun and flexible system of distributed pixel scenic panels, coupled with a high resolution screen.  Control and playback had to accommodate moving fast and furious, so we deployed a Resolume Arena serving system, as well as Black Magic ATEM switching to put all options right at our fingertips.  7 Wonders partners Butch Allen and Bob Bonniol put it all together to bring lighting, video, and scenic quickly into a winning combo to best show off this season’s top talent.  Special thanks to the consummate Benny Kirkham, Brandon Oosterhof, and our friends at Screenworks.

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mode studios designs video and interactivity to for long time client activision at e3

2014 was another award winning year for our work at Activision/Blizzard’s E3 booth.  MODE Studios worked closely with some of our favorite peeps at NCompass, Antfarm, RKE, and VER to bring maximum WOW to the gaming eyeballs.   MODE piled on the pixels, once again creating the largest video display at E3.  Add dramatic lighting by our partner Butch Allen, system design by Jason Rudolph & Bob Bonniol, and dazzling shock and awe from Creative Director Ray Woodbury.

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mode creative director bob bonniol designs the video and interactivity for the blockbuster marvel universe live tour & mode provides one of the biggest touring video systems to roll this year...

MODE Studios provided the mammoth touring video package for Marvel Universe Live !  With a system and content design by Bob Bonniol, Marvel Universe Live uses twenty seven Barco HDF-W26 projectors to map a full arena set.  The front end utilizes eleven d3 technologies 4RU servers, more than thirty Barco Image Pro II units, Miranda multiviewing, Black Magic Designs Smart Hub video routers, and Cobalt Digital openframe fiber transmitters, HD-SDI distribution amps, and Brainstorm timecode distribution.  Chief System Architect/Engineer Jason Rudolph assembled all and sundry into a stunning, well built touring package.  MODE went on to provide a render farm, and content management workstations and storage for the production’s techical reharsals.  

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mode creative gurus butch allen, pablo molina, and bob bonniol shred eyeballs for paramore

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7 Wonders Designers Butch Allen, Bob Bonniol, and Pablo Molina teamed up with Bruce Rodgers and the phreaks at Tribe Designs to create a hard hitting show for Paramore.  Butch and Bruce worked to shape a fractured space full of LED, light, and levels.  Paramore is nothing if not LIVE, but this thumping rock band wanted two things from video:  Raw and primitive looking IMAG, coupled with content as tightly cued as if it were running to timecode.  Bob and Pablo, working with the MODE Studios team, designed a system of 24 lipstick cameras, coded a custom media server, and created a suite of procedural music driven content code that sampled from 16 tracks of live input to create content looks on the spot and totally interactively.  The result had fans shrieking with delight across the globe… 

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mode studios provides the pixels, and creative director bob bonniol arranges them artfully for shania twain

MODE Studios was pleased to provide the video system design and integration for the huge video mapped production envisioned by Director Raj Kapoor and Production Designer Michael Cotten.  Utilizing sixteen projectors, and the massive LED wall (with a bit extra provided by our friends at PRG), the system maps an amazing set created by Michael Cotten with gorgeous graphics created by Raj Kapoor, Allucinari, and by 7 Wonders designer Bob Bonniol.  Shania’s Still The One is running now in repertory at Caesar’s Palace Coliseum.

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