Meet Chris Poisson!
COW Leaders : Chris PoissonCreative COW Forum Host, Web Writer
I have been involved in video and motion graphics since 1956, which is when my father sprung for a small black and white TV. Hating advertising, my father jury-rigged a “blab-off” switch into the speaker wire, so he could turn off the sound during commercials without getting up and turning down the sound. God, that was embarrassing, perhaps one of the world’s first remotes!
Undeterred, I LOVED advertising, and by High School had discovered my ability in art could perhaps leverage a decent career.
My first real job after school in 1972 was at WPIX TV in NYC, as the promotion art director, at which I learned all the old-school stuff much of which still holds useful today.
4 Years later, I moved to San Diego to pursue a career in advertising, which worked out great, except for the fact that it eventually got me transferred to Phoenix, where I still live today. (I hated it here at first, but I love it now!)
I spent the majority of my advertising career in Arizona, as an art director and creative director at several shops, including Cramer-Krasselt from 1991-2001. I was a perennial award-winner at both the local and national levels, winning many local ADDY’s, CA, One Show, ANDY’s, NY Art Director’s Gold and was even a Clio finalist.
I produced more than 600 commercials, with budgets from $0 to $750,000 for a single spot.
My agency career came to a screeching halt on Dec 31. 2001. A layoff prompted a career re-think, and after about a minute, I decided to go into production, my first love from the old TV days, and specifically post, as I had done so much in the ad biz.
Almost 6 years later, no regrets, FishEyeEdit has been my lifeline from the street.
Articles by Chris Poisson