Creatives / Designers

Cath Lewis

Cath is a senior member of the event fraternity having spent the past 20 years designing and/or managing events in New Zealand.

Cath has managed many of New Zealand’s largest and most spectacular events and enjoys an enviable reputation founded on her production and management skills. Recent years have seen Cath evolve into a designer of exceptional events. Cath is passionate about the potential potency of events as a marketing tool and the depth of the emotional imprint a well designed event can make on guests lucky enough to be invited. Cath takes a "holistic" approach to event design and brings fresh/leading edge creative to every aspect of "the experience". 
"My management skills and relationships were forged under the extreme pressure unique to "one off" events and I firmly believe you are only as good as your relationships with your co-creatives and suppliers. I therefore place a huge value on the creative synergy that The Human Agency enables us to offer our clients. "

Michael Hodgson

Michael Hodgson is a sound artist and multimedia producer who specialises in large-scale video installations and live events. His role includes creative design, planning and technical analysis of venues/environments, system design, research into new technologies, co-ordinating with lighting, technology and installation companies and delivering content.

An acclaimed electronic musician with band Pitch Black and video artist, Michael is passionate about the relationship between sound, movement and image. He has a long history of collaborating with artists, choreographers and theatre directors alike. Key collaborators in NZ include his partnership with Paddy Free, dancer/choreographer Shona McCullagh, director/producer Mike Mizrahi.

He recently completed the sound design for Grant Major’s short film Undergrowth, the Inflatable Rugby Ball for Tourism NZ. Last year saw him launch the new Mazda3, with a full immersive AV experience, helping bring the Football world cup to Australia and 3 tours of the USA/UK/Europe with Pitch Black.
2010 sees him developing more AV mapping projects with shows for NZ Design Day, Taupo’s Erupt Festival and NZ Day at the World Expo in Shanghai. 

Chris Wilkey

I have a strong narrative and visual approach to entertainment and design. I believe that quality audience experiences are the key to lasting impressions and that this can be achieved with narrative and visual media in its many forms.

My style can be eclectic, classical, subtle or loud as required by the client's brief and all forms allow a great degree of creative interpretation.

My creative tools include

• Stage and outdoor performance design
• Technical and content management of video media
• Special effects production - fireworks and pyrotechnics
• Circus, cabaret and talent management
• Directing and producing
Achievements include:

• The design and touring of special effects in the UK with "Cirque De Glace" in 2008/2009.
• Numerous corporate events managing entertainment, special effects and product launch's for BMW, Harcourt’s, Vodafone NZI and others.
• Nationwide art festival presentations and community events involving pyrotechnics, dance, video projection and circus.
• Rock concerts and Australasia tours with Rhythm and Vines and the Big Day Out.
• Participation in the Burningman project Nevada USA 2004, 2006, 2009

Technology, Theatre and Art:

My interest in technology, theatre and art are at the forefront of my design aesthetics. This combination allows for unique and original production designs and is at the heart of memorable events and entertainment.


My experiences from locations around the world have left strong impressions and exposure to different cultures is a key ingredient to different ways to do and see things, which then can be translated into professional qualities and of benefit to a wider audience.

Samuel Wheeler

2010 "From Grandma to Grandson Exhibition" at Artstation

Awards: Highly Commended Special Effects Make Up Proffessional at Taupo Body Art Festival 2010


•Valley of the Succubus (currently in production)

2009 AV Director for the Tauranga Body Art Show

2008 Actor

•Carnie in Laundry Warrior

•Death Dealer Vampire Guard in Underworld 3


•"Sacred Heart" Short Film

•"Watch This" Short Film

2007-2008Body Artist/Animation Lecturer/Multi-media Artist for Nocturnal Customs

Awards: 2nd Special Effects Creature

Special Commendation Special Effects Mask

New ZealandBody Art Awards 2007

March 2004 – 2005CGI Tutor for FreelanceAnimationSchool

•NZQA content delivery and support

•Curriculum development

•Tutor for 2nd and 3rd year CGI animation

•ACE; Certificate in Impact for Trainers

2001 – 2004Editor/Publication Co-ordinator for Unitec Student Union

•Editor of In Unison magazine

•Directing two In Unison CDs, mastered by Kog Transmissions featuring Del Ray System, Concorde Dawn, Nesian Mystic, One Million Dollars, Tomachi, The Mercenaries etc

1998 – 1999Designer/Mac Operator/Multimedia for LoopMagazine

•Cartoonist/illustrator for In Dah Loop, an entertainment page for Loop Magazine

•Production, advertising, distribution and desktop publishing

•Conceiving and co-directing Loop CD for September issue to coincide with their first coverprice issue featuring Trinity Roots, Shapeshifter, King Kapisi, Bongmaster, House of Downtown, Twinset, 50hz etc

1994 – 1996Animator

Toonz Animation

•Animation and Key clean up artist subcontracting to Walt Disney Television on such shows as Tex Tinstar, Pith Possum, Quack Pack, Timon and Pumba, Redux Riding Hood, Third Pig (only animated episode from Tales from the Crypt)

•Animator for Jungle Fungus "More or Less" Music Video

•Animator for Catflap Studios, Sydney. Australia

•Animator for Flying Fish Studios, Sydney. Australia


•UNITEC; Diploma in Television and Video Production

•UNITEC; Certificate in Television and Video Production

•A.S.A.;Diploma in Fine Art Majoring in Film-Making

•  The NZ Film Academy; Certificate in applied film-making

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