Bryn Hewko (MFA '16)
Bryn Hewko (MFA ’16) didn’t wait to finish his graduate studies at the University of Lethbridge before launching into the business world, rather he completed his degree while founding a successful start-up company. With a diverse skill set and a relentless work ethic, he has quickly made a name for himself in the cinematic industry, all the while giving back to his community and creating opportunity for the next generation of U of L graduates.
Hewko broke new ground in crafting his Master of Fine Arts thesis, exploring both in theory and practice novel ways to use virtual reality technology in a cinematic context. The work inspired a new way of looking at cinema and spawned his highly successful business venture, OUTPUT Media. A studio that uses virtual reality along with a suite of technology to help brands make compelling content, OUTPUT’s client list has grown rapidly since launch, having worked on projects for recognized companies such as Heineken, Nutella, Ferrero Rocher and Campbell’s.
OUTPUT media is not only breaking new ground in cinema, it is also serving as a valuable training ground for students currently studying new media at the U of L. Hewko is dedicated to creating a sustainable local cultural sector that will attract and retain skilled artists and designers. To that end, he has made it a priority for OUTPUT to make annual internship opportunities available for new media students, providing them with valuable hands-on industry experience. He also recently hired two new media alumni who went through the internship program, keeping talented young individuals in the city.
Hewko regularly shares his industry experience with students, giving presentations at events such as the Faculty of Fine Arts Crossing Boundaries Art & Technology Symposium, the Digital Vertigo New Media Symposium and the RCB Small Business Summit. He also regularly guest lectures in new media classes and makes himself readily available to aspiring entrepreneurs. Having added a viable new business to southern Alberta, Hewko has not only enhanced the cultural and artistic fabric of the community, he has opened new avenues for retaining bright young minds graduating from the U of L. His commitment to fostering the next generation of students is exemplary and strengthens the foundation for continued business success.