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Meet Blake Hilton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Blake Hilton.

Blake, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Freshman year of high school, I was accidentally placed into a drawing class. I tried really hard to switch to a different elective because I had no experience with drawing or painting, but there was no room in any of the other electives. That turned out to be one of the best things to happen to me because it helped me find my passion for the arts. I quickly became hyper fixated and would draw every day. That’s how I ended up studying art at Chapman University where I met a lot of people who were studying film. I got involved with a few student films there and found that I really enjoyed production design and pretty much threw all my energy into that. I really value both studio art and production design for different reasons – studio art for the control and solitude, production design for the collaboration and community. Both of my practices have helped inform the other and I like to think of them as two sides of the same coin.

Has it been a smooth road?
Yes and no? I feel very lucky to have had the opportunities I have had so for that reason, I would say it has been smooth. But I think with any artistic practice there is a lot of emotional turmoil. I’ve been very fortunate to have had projects that really challenged me creatively and forced me to grow, but growing pains are always painful in some way. With any profession, I think there is a lot of self-doubt, stress, and exhaustion. Sometimes it feels like my entire self-worth is on the line, and if I don’t do well it would be a devastating emotional blow. I am definitely my own worst critic, but over time I’ve learned to accept that the work I do is good, and if I fail its just an opportunity to learn. I’ve caught myself wondering why I do what I do if it causes me so much stress sometimes, but at the end of the day when I see a finished sculpture or a finished set, I remember why. Its the best feeling in the world knowing you pulled off something you didn’t think you could. Making something beautiful, something bigger than myself feels like love.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a production designer and artist. I mostly design narrative films and enjoy creating the spaces that characters live in. I think what sets me apart from others in terms of design is my attention to detail. In a movie, most people don’t pay attention to little things – like a pair of fuzzy dice on a rearview mirror or office supplies inside of a desk drawer. I like to pay attention to these things when I create a space because even if the audience doesn’t consciously recognize them, they’re subconsciously picking up on them (or the lack of them). Also, I believe it helps the actors perform better being in a space that feels as real as possible.

With my artistic practice, I really enjoy sculpture and performance/video art. I see that as a merging of the two practices, but I am totally in control of everything. I like to use these mediums as ways to talk about feminism, capitalism, and any other topic that has caught my attention at the moment.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love about L.A. is how different it can look. I also love the handpainted signage. And the giant minion I see sometimes when I’m driving.

What I like least, I guess its how far away places can be from each other. But even then, I still enjoy singing in my car in traffic.

Contact Info:

  • Website: blakehilton.com
  • Phone: 2063343089
  • Email: blakecamryn9@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @blak3hilt0n

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