Motion Sickness began in a poorly insulated student flat in Dunedin, back in 2013. The days were cold and the nights were hard to remember, but along the way something good happened. Now 5 years later the team has grown from just three hungry lads to a full agency of ambitious creatives. The current studio is on Cross Street, in Central Auckland. The building is insulated, and there’s even a heat pump.
It's about doing what makes sense. We look at problems, and find interesting solutions. We like putting on our clients shoes, and using our creativity and experience to figure out which steps to take next. Whether campaign or content production, we never work on autopilot.
Us and Zuckerberg go way back. We've been running social media campaigns for years now. We're start-to-finish, from campaign conceptualisation to media buying and community management. Social media is always changing, and we outrun the big boys.
Videography, photography, and everything in between. Our production team are passionate folk, who love nothing better than capturing moments that bring the authentic to the fore. We won't make your wedding video, but we'll nail your next commercial.
The head honcho of the pack, Sam honed his leadership skills as a motivational speaker and recreational hypnotist in Liverpool during the mid 1980's. Suffering from a very rare disorder, Sam is one of the few cases of 'Benjamin Button Syndrome' documented in the real world. He is 104 years old. Hobbies include Creative, Content Marketing, and 19th Century Russian cinema.
The head of the Social Media Department, this selfie king loves getting 'likes'. He has a newsfeed tattooed on his back. Macca once dreamed of being a lawyer, but gave that up when he realised that 'Law & Order SVU' isn't based on a true story. Also passionate about analytics and statistics, Macca presents an annual seminar entitled ‘Microsoft Excel & The Modern Man; I’ll Spread Your Sheet’.
Hilary’s career in Social Media began when she uploaded a video to YouTube of her tabby cat attempting to use a straw to drink his milk. The video went viral, turning Hilary and Mr. Fluffles into overnight stars. Hilary has now turned her attention to the other side of social media, claiming it is ‘more sustainable’. Mr Fluffles is still chasing stardom, but has never been able to achieve the same notoriety that the straw once brought him.
Specializing in portraiture, Jordan began his photography career as the local photographer for the Takapuna Mall Santa display. Unfortunately, this only provided a couple of months of work per year, so while passionate about the gig, he eventually had to leave the elf costume behind, and diversify. Jordan has since become a valued creative at Motion Sickness, focusing more on Social Media & content, and less on trying to capture Santa’s good side.
With a bloodline tracing back to Greece, Nigeria and Hamilton - Damian began his life as a tailor in Huntly, but moved to the big smoke to chase the glitz and glamour of New Zealand local television. After decades of hard yakka, he climbed the ranks of TV3, only to have his employment terminated after a physical altercation with John Campbell over acceptable office dress code. Damian departed the world of Television to pursue his passion in film. He now leads all things post-production at Motion Sickness, while wearing his velour tracksuit in peace.
Anna “Paint on my MacBook keys” Maxwell is equal parts artist, creative and social media strategist. In a recent unpublished interview with Brush Stroke Weekly magazine, she explained “sometimes, the timeline is my canvas [sic]“. She went on to describe her social media work as “textural expressionism, with a peppering of surreality”. In digital marketing circles, Anna is known as the ‘Salvador Dali of Sponsored Posts’.
Arguably the life of the party, Tara scored her dream job straight out of Uni - interning for Suzanne Paul. Her role included prepping her packed lunch every morning and delivering camomile tea to set. Tara’s ambition to feature in an infomercial of her very own came true when she invented a range of Gin and Tonic Perfumes that were both sprayable and edible. After the product failed to sell due to excessive personal use, she fell into a job at Motion Sickness due to a mutual FB friendship with Sam’s mum. Tara now looks after all things social and media buying at Motion Sickness.
A student of the great Swami Sivananda, Rocky is an empowered marketer by-day, and an enlightened guru by-night. His presence is always felt around the office, with co-workers explaining “I dunno, he just kinda glows”. Rocky leads daily yoga sessions in the boardroom at lunch time. His favourite pose is downward dog.
Having been an integral part of many successful start-ups in the past, Sammy is beyond his years (49 human ones) in experience. A charismatic chap, with an excellent speaking bark, he is a fantastic motivator, and sound source of advice. Sammy is passionate about all facets of business, though it’s finances and creative accounting that really get his tail wagging.