I have over eight years experience working within the Entertainment Industry, starting my career as an actor studying at LAMDA, and then transitioning to design, studying at The Central School of Speech and Drama leading into four years working as a full time designer.
My development to date has been faced paced and I adapt easily to whatever is presented my way, from running my own design company for three years straight from University to joining one of the leading brand agencies in London.
I am passionate about my work and keen to drive new, innovative ideas to push the boundaries wherever suitable.
I believe my depth of knowledge within an experiential environment, combined with my creative background and imagination; give me an edge when planning new projects giving me the ability to produce exciting and truly memorable work.
Throughout my career, I have worked with a wide range of clients: British Heart Foundation, Dreamies Cat Treats, The London Ghost Festival, ScareCon, M&G Insurance and my most challenging client to date, my audience: The General Public!
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Advertising Company, Great Sutton Street, Farringdon.
October 2009 – September 2011
Role: Junior Designer
Projects/Brands: McMillan Cancer, Samaritans, M&G Insurance, Dreamies Cat Treats and British Heart Foundation.
I joined Arthur London towards the end of 2009 as a Junior Designer within
the Creative Team.
Coming from a Theatre Design background it was a new challenge for me
to enter an agency working with big brand names and dealing with clients
on a daily basis working to tight deadlines.
Over the two years, my role included designing all Internet branding and
advertising for M@G Insurance, most notably working with
‘The RHS Chelsea Flower Show’ taking over Sloane Square Underground
transforming the station into a field of flowers and gateways.
In addition to this my other main focus was working to change the design of
‘Dreamies’ Cat Treats, creating a fun brand for cat owners to treat their
pets. This opened up opportunities to produce campaigns that stretched beyond
digital and I was able to create first hand customer
experiences on the streets of London.
Theme Park Design Company, Shepherds Bush.
September 2008 – May 2011.
Job Role: Freelance Designer:
I started freelancing with Merlin Entertainments three years ago whilst
still studying, taking charge of all concept designs for the Madame Tussuads Scream Brand.
This was great experience working with the second largest entertainment company
in the World, dealing with clients, budgeting and customer experience
to the max!
In 2011 I worked on all concept branding for new Scare Attractions for
Thorpe Park Fright Nights and Blackpool Dungeons.
Madame Tussuads London: Designs for New Scream Attractions.
Madame Tussuads Hollywood: Concept Designs for Scream Brand.
Madame Tussuads Berlin: Concept Designs for Scream Brand.
Madame Tussuads Amsterdam: Designs for New Scream Attractions.
Madame Tussuads Blackpool: Concept Designs for New Attractions.
Thorpe Park Fright Nights: Concept Designs for new Scare Mazes for 2012 Halloween Season.
London Dungeons: Designs for new Attractions 2010.
TOM SPINDLER PRESENTS
Horror Experience Design Company
October 2008 – July 2011
Job Role: Creator, Designer and Director.
I started my own Experience Company towards the end of University,
wanting to create an impact and a name for myself quickly
within the industry I focused on creating intense scare experiences
that had a no rule policy that really pushed the boundaries of fear!
In three years I created five attractions that opened to the public, headlined
‘The London Ghost Festival’ and was nominated for two ScareCon
Awards. Each attraction opened received rave reviews and ‘Asylum Hill’ was
named ‘The Most Intense and Disturbing Attraction in the history
of Scare Attractions’ by hauntedattractions.com
Running my own attractions was a massive learning experience for me,
Designing all Set and Costume, Lighting and Sound, Casting and Directing Actors (the largest cast being 22 actors) Set Construction and Dressing,
Location Finding, Dealing with budgets and deadlines, Designing and Managing
my website, Ticket Sales and Stage Management.
Creating five attractions by myself and opening them in London, I truly
experienced everything possible in staging large-scale events!
Tom Spindler Presents Attractions:
Asylum Hill 2008
Old Antiques Store, Camden.
A one-night experience in the heart of Camden introducing ‘Tom Spindler Presents’ to the Horror Genre Industry. Named “The most intense and disturbing attraction in the history of Scare Attractions’ by ScareAttractions.com
The Black Cat
Shoreditch Town Hall, Shoreditch
A walkthrough experience following the short horror classic by Edgar Allan Poe, using actors, live art installations and guests guiding themselves through the event space using just torchlight.
Asylum Hill 2009
Shoredtich Town Hall, Shoreditch
An updated version of the 2008 event running over a week during the Halloween season. Taking scares to the next level audience were guided through the Asylum greeted by inmates and taken on a journey through terrifying themed scenarios.
The Metal Works, Angel
The largest production to date, a live walkthrough experience with 22 actors, running over four floors in an old Metal Works factory in Central London. With modern technology featuring new lighting, sound and projection MASKS broke new ground in the scare experience industry!
The Thirteenth Séance
7-9 Crucifix Lane, London Bridge
A live walkthrough experience plunging audience into the darks realms of witchcraft, exorcism and séance. In almost complete darkness all senses were utilized as audience battled their way through a host of horrifying scenarios to find the exit.