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After Effects, Bumpers, Cinema 4D, Commercials, Compositing, Film, Final Cut Pro, Illustrator, Live Action Design, Maya, Motion Design, Photoshop, Promos, Title Sequence, TV


  • Yes Captain
    creative director / founder
    2013 - Present

    Yes Captain is an emerging Motion Design studio based in the Southern Seas of Melbourne, Australia. We focus on crafting bespoke title design, emotive animation, and engaging branded entertainment for film, television and digital platforms.

    The brain child of Creative Director James Cowen, a designer, animator and filmmaker with over 16 years experience across feature films, television, advertising, music video, short film, events, documentaries and digital.

  • Visual Jazz
    Head of Motion Graphics
    2011 - 2013

    Motion Design Direction for Holden, Vic Roads, JB HiFi, Specsavers, Quest, Dept of Justice | Team Management, Pitching, Estimates

  • Jimmy-C TV
    Freelance Motion Designer
    2010 - 2011

    Motion Design & Art Direction for Bupa, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank,

  • Iloura
    Freelance Motion Designer
    2011 - 2011

    Lead Designer for Killer Elite End Titles
    Art Direction & Animation for AACTA Rebrand
    Motion Design for Bupa, Sensis, SBS

  • zspace
    freelance motion designer
    2009 - 2010

    six months of freelance motion design work

  • Dr D Studios
    Visual Development Artist
    2009 - 2009

    look development and previz on Happy Feet 2

  • egotripp
    digital junkie for hire
    2002 - 2008

    created design and vfx for music videos and band tours for Powderfinger, Tim Finn, The Living End and Sleepy Jackson, and broadcast design for ABC, SBS and Australia Post


  • Griffith University
    Bachelor Visual Arts - Film & TV
    1994 - 1997

Awards and Achievements

  • Official Selection Newport Beach Film Festival

    for the short film The Curse of Eleanor Crabtree

  • Official Selection Washington DC Independent Film Festival

    for the short film The Curse of Eleanor Crabtree

  • Official Selection Palm Springs International Shortfest

    for the short film The Curse of Eleanor Crabtree

  • Runner Up | Graphic Animation Competition

    Top 5 Finalist in 2010 Sydney Opera House Graphic competition for "Junior"

  • AEAF Awards Sydney Nomination

    Nominated - Best Music Video


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James Cowen
Education 1994-1997 - Griffith University
Employer Yes Captain
Location Melbourne Australia


About James

all the best things in life begin with “C” - cocktails, curry, cigars, cricket, cinema, comedy, corsets, coffee, cookies, chilli, chit-chat, the can-can, cleavage, cartoons, computers, corner-shops and chocolate.




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