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James Simpson

James Simpson

Owner, Copper Candle

James Simpson is the Director of Copper Candle, a creative technology company that specialises in real-time content creation for live events, virtual production, and immersive experiences. With over 20 years of experience, James has carved a niche in using Unreal Engine to design and deliver stunning digital content, blending the physical with the virtual in innovative ways. His work in the entertainment industry, particularly during his tenure at the Royal Opera House as a lighting visualiser, saw him contribute to over 300 productions, utilizing his expertise to enhance theatrical performances with cutting-edge lighting designs.

At Copper Candle, James continues to push the boundaries of digital pre-visualisations and extended reality (XR) experiences, focusing on bringing live events into virtual spaces across games, broadcast, and the metaverse. His practical approach to technology in the arts is underpinned by a dedication to exploring the possibilities of Unreal Engine for creating engaging and interactive environments.

As a holder of two Unreal Fellowships in World Building and Animation and multiple certifications in Unreal Engine, he is at the forefront of bridging the gap between art and technology. James’ mission is not only to innovate within the field of creative technology but also to share his knowledge and skills, empowering the next generation of digital content creators. His contributions to the industry include his insights into the future of technology in theatre and live events, making him a pivotal figure in the evolution of entertainment and immersive technologies.

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