About Us


 

Jon and his beloved projectors

Jon with his beloved projectors.

Originally from north-east England, Jonathan Smith developed a love of international travel at a young age and spent years wandering the world and learning languages. As his wanderlust began to wane, he found himself drawn towards creating large art pieces that specialized in lighting, projection and interactivity. In 2006 he became a member of Fishbon, a non-profit art organization in Santa Barbara. There, he was given the space and knowledge to learn his craft and later became the organization’s president.

Jonathan has created numerous large scale installations, taking each from concept to completion in its turn. The majority have been immersive environments that encapsulate the audience thereby making the experience richer and more memorable. He has been Head of Lighting and Projection for seven festivals, in which he delights in creating a half-mile long roadway through the festival grounds using his own unique lighting installations. He has worked extensively as Head of Lighting and Projection with Bamboo DNA, a company that has created some of the world’s largest bamboo sculptures for festivals such as Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival. All of the above have made him adept at conceptualizing, sourcing, building, managing and directing big projects.

 

Kym Y Cochran makes a rock

Kym creating a rock for the installation “1925”.

For nearly 20 years, Kym Cochran has specialized in creating immersive environments. Her ability to capture the nuances of natural elements has established her as a known force in the theming industry. Her skills have been used in both North and South America and include attractions such as “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” (Orlando, FL), “Carsland” (Anaheim, FL) and “Parque Temático de Flora y Fauna” (Pereira, Colombia).

Her knowledge includes all aspects of custom construction from concept to completion, ranging from small props to multi-million dollar projects. Specific skill sets include welding, sculpting and painting concrete and epoxies, custom mold making, scenic painting, and 3 dimensional faux finishes.  Experienced in design build, she uses her vast knowledge to make custom features both durable and aesthetically pleasing.  A few of her projects have included Toucan friendly nests, 800 linear feet of flexible vines able to withstand the force of 300lb gorillas, delicate details of endangered frog dioramas and countless more.  In addition, she has field supervision skills and prefers to be working alongside the team setting production rates and establishing artistic standards.
Prior to becoming a creative specialist, Kym was an internal financial analyst for a large marketing firm Summit Marketing Group.  Easily transferring her business acumen to the theming industry, she has demonstrated her estimating and management skills. She has worked with architects, landscape designers, and engineers advising on cost effective methods to create immersive environment and realistic elements.
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