As we continue our series, "Here To Create", Scott and Benjamin have a conversation with creative powerhouse, Mel McGowan.
Mel is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Storyland Studios. With a rich background in film and design, Mel's journey into the world of creativity took a remarkable turn during his decade-long tenure at the Disney Company. As an Imagineer, he played pivotal roles in projects like Disney's California Adventure, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Downtown Disney. Mel's expertise extends beyond Disney, as he champions the art of spatial storytelling through his work at Storyland Studios. His legacy is deeply intertwined with crafting stories in three-dimensional spaces, making places come alive with narrative and meaning.
Questions for contemplation and conversation:
Recollect a moment from your childhood where you felt a burst of creativity, similar to Mel's Star Wars room. How did that shape or influence your perception of your own creative potential?
Mel's story about 'My Refuge House' highlighted the significance of empathy in creation. Can you think of a time where your creative endeavors were influenced by deep empathy or understanding?
Taking inspiration from the idea of being 'Image Bearers', how can you tap into your inherent creative spirit in your everyday life? What 'canvases' exist around you that you've perhaps overlooked?