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Mack Neaton Plays Five Questions with SCREEN

What do RuPaul’s Drag Race, James Blunt and a “poison apple castle” have in common? They’re all right here as Motion Graphic Designer Mack Neaton of Flavor stops by for a thoroughly entertaining round of Five Questions with SCREEN. Let’s get to it!

SCREEN: If you could be a contestant on any game show or reality tv show in history, what would it be?

I would have to pick ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s more than a game show competition, it’s a celebration of individuality and quirkiness, color, texture, and pop music queens. All things I fully advocate for. I’d love a moment to unleash my inner glamazon!

SCREEN: Your favorite project you’ve ever worked on?

MACK: I really loved creating our opening titles for the Motion Graphics conference Half Rez. We had the opportunity to be playful and explore the creation of “puppets” and “sets” in a digital space. While our 3D artists were busy constructing our fuzzy puppets, as an illustrator I had the chance to create large landscape paintings that we used as background plates. These paintings had an oil painting quality, evoking the feeling of a vintage movie or theater stage. It was a fun style I rarely get to exercise, and we got weird with it! Creating a surreal backdrop with a poison-apple castle under an orange psychedelic sky.

Let’s take a look at the impressive and colorful opening titles…

SCREEN: What are you looking forward to in 2024?

MACK: My partner and I have been diving into a lot of home improvement projects lately, and it’s reignited my passion for crafting with my hands. From staining unique designs into cabinet doors, adding little murals to rooms, or hand painting wallpaper strips, I’ve found so much joy in these hands-on projects. I’m eager to do more of it!

SCREEN: Your go-to karaoke song?

MACK: Karaoke is something I would avoid; instead, I would much rather be compelled to do an impersonation of Jennifer Coolidge or a Minnesotan accent. However, perhaps a rendition of James Blunt’s ‘You’re Beautiful’ would suffice.

Ok Mack, get ready to sing along…

SCREEN: What is your most prized possession?

MACK: For a while, it was my scamp, a little fiberglass trailer that I pulled around the country and camped in. I put a lot of energy into redoing the interior, painting it, and fixing it up to look like my own space. After moving home during COVID and living with my mother in lockdown, I cherished the freedom of having my own little space that could go anywhere. And indeed, I took it all over the country! While I’ve used it for many big trips, I must admit that living in such a small space is starting to feel less novel and more of a pain! haha.

BONUS QUESTION!

SCREEN: Best advice you’ve ever been given?

MACK: A friend recently shared a thought-provoking visual with me. They compared personal development to wax, in the context of meditation. Suggesting that instead of envisioning a mold to fit into, we should explore who we are by looking inward and relaxing- seeing whatever shape naturally emerges from “melting” and being present. This concept resonated deeply with me, as it’s quite the opposite of my daily routine. At work I’m always focused on visualizing the client’s requests and our final outcomes, then building our project to meet it. It serves as a valuable reminder that sometimes, the most important discoveries arise when we allow ourselves the space to relax and tune in, and we don’t need to Art Direct everything!

Thanks for playing, Mack! For more from Mack and the team at Flavor, click right here.

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