Windmill Lane was established in 1978 and in the decade that followed found itself firmly on the map with the output of its world famous recording studios right through to the tv commercials and music videos created there. In the 90’s it was behind the establishment of The Mill in London and TV3, Irelands first independent TV station. Today, with its continued, diverse collaborations in editing, colour, audio, vfx, motion and design across the media and entertainment sectors, it’s reputation as a centre of creative excellence remains assured but never taken for granted.
John Kennedy is creative director with Windmill Lane.
From an early interest in how stuff is put together (he was the kid who played with the broken toys) the power of a good story, and how computers gave him an excuse to give up drawing at art college, his career has seen him work as a bomb disposal robot designer, cheesemaker (sort of), graphic designer, editor, animator, music video director, photographer, writer, film maker, visual effects supervisor and more.
His time with Windmill has given him the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most interesting filmmakers, musicians, creative agencies, designers and brands in the world on a variety of projects across the advertising, feature film, TV and music industries. To namecheck a few, we’re talking; Guinness, Playstation, Kelloggs, McDonalds, U2, Stephen Soderbergh, Oliver Hirschbiegel, John Boorman, BBC & MTV among others.
Personal projects are of huge importance and essential he believes, to any creative’s repertoire. Not a fan of the “but that’s how we’ve always done it” approach, he has more recently been behind the establishment of Windmill Create, an award winning “in-house” motion and content creation studio at the heart of Windmill Lane dedicated to driving cultural change across all aspects of the studio, challenging convention and seeking new collaborative opportunities wherever possible through a more creative first, expertise driven offering.