ABCD (Artists, Builders, Creators, Dreamers) Interview with Wilson

For the third installment of our ABCD Interview Series we get to find out more about Wilson Wu. He is a Creative Director from Los Angeles, CA and he has created some commercials you may have seen and even designed some buildings you may have been in! Go check out some of his work at www.recre8tion.com and see if it inspires you to create something amazing. 

Why do you do what you do? 

I think it all started from just drawing as a kid - imagining something and having it realized in some form. 

What was the first thing you remember building/creating?

I remember making house models from wooden sticks.

Who or what has influenced and inspired you most in your art/building/creating?

The famous Iraqi-born British architect, Zaha Hadid. Also watching the title sequences from films and movies. 

What kind of training or schooling do you have that has helped you?

I have too much schooling! I have a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Motion Design from ArtCenter. A MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Film from ArtCenter. And a MA (Master of Arts) in Architecture from SCI-Arc. I would say they all have helped - especially in the area of UI/UX (User Interface and User Experience).

What are some challenges you face and how do you overcome them?

Doing something new and trying to innovate is always challenging. I think you have to draw from your own experiences and strengths. 

What’s the most favorite thing you’ve ever created?

Design plan for Harbin Opera House from www.recre8tion.com

Design plan for Harbin Opera House from www.recre8tion.com

I was fortunate enough to work on a couple of great projects. First one is a Pontiac commercial I directed which oriented around the concept of a race against light. The other is having been a part of the design team for the Harbin Opera House where I worked on the design of the interior theater shell. 

What advice do you have for kids that want to be an artist or builder or creator?

If it's something that you love and are good at, you'll most likely find success in it. 

Did you have a favorite toy growing up?

My favorites were playing with LEGO's and also Nintendo. 

Have you ever built a fort?

I use to build LEGO forts for my action figures and would stage battle scenes for them.