March 29, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Virgil Conklin


For the past four years, Virgil Conklin has established himself as one of our most seasoned producers. His drive and passion for every project that comes his way has propelled consistent, high-caliber work, helping to meet creative visions and build lasting partnerships.

Virgil’s leadership with artists and his rapport with clients both reflect his well-rounded personality and professional skill set. Whether it’s conceptualizing and pitching ideas, building style guides, or producing live action shoots, he consistently drives home exciting graphic work. We’re thrilled to showcase his projects and the insight behind them.

Q&A with Virgil Conklin -

When did you first realize you wanted to be in the industry/work as a producer?
I guess I could go as far back as middle school media club in Margaretville, roaming the halls with a camera filming ‘news’ and stitching everything together in some random editing software. But it was my first internship that I really realized that this was for me. I can remember my first professional shoot, it was for the SC Education Lottery. That energy of being on set, it really stuck with me.

What makes you love what you do?
Being able to work on a team of such talented creative folks every day is definitely at the top of my list. It’s very rewarding helping people realize their creative vision.  

Game of Thrones S7 Tease - Produced by Virgil Conklin

I’m most passionate about the opportunity to create something new and fresh every day. Something that has purpose, makes people think and feel entertained.

What perspective do you bring to the graphics world as a producer and what sets you apart?
I’d like to think I bring passion and a well-rounded knowledge of the production process- as well as a knack for understanding what our clients are looking for.

How long have you been doing what you do?
In total, 7 years, 4 of those spent at BigStar.

What were you working on before coming to BigStar?
Before I came to BigStar I worked as a production coordinator for a company called K2 Pictures. We filmed large format concerts and events – The Amnesty International: Human Rights Concert, Songwriters Hall of Fame, NBC Universal Upfront, to name a few. Before that I was a Runner at Framestore.

Final Cooking Channel Styleguide by Virgil Conklin

What/who has influenced you the most?
Lots of people have influenced me along the way. Friends and family, college professors at the University of South Carolina, mentors from my internships, bosses and co-workers. I’m inspired and influenced everyday by the people around me, it’s a part of what keeps me going.

What are you most passionate about professionally?
I’m most passionate about the opportunity to create something new and fresh every day. Something that has purpose, makes people think and feel entertained.  

How do you determine the success of a relationship with a client?
For me it’s all about making things easier for our clients. If our clients feel like they are in good, capable hands, everything falls into place. This always leads to better creative and lays the groundwork for a lasting partnership. If our clients are excited to get started on the next project with us, that’s a success.

Work Produced by Virgil Conklin



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