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The Essential List: Noah Conopask


DOMO director on his unique career journey, favorite directors, and his relentless appetite for all things music, media, and culture

The Essential List: Noah Conopask

Director Noah Conopask harnesses the power of the visual narrative to transcend the human experience and connect cinematic stories with audiences the world over. He currently lives in Los Angeles, by way of Baltimore, Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York City.


o Place of birth: Annapolis, Maryland.

Hometown: Los Angeles, California.

Staycation: Surfing Malibu / dirt bikes in the Mojave.

Vacation: Snowy mountains or beach somewhere else.

Pets: Atlas, Falcon, Icarus and Little Man.

Place of work: Wherever this nomadic profession takes me.

Place of workout: Nature or Gold’s Gym Venice for the incredible human watching and atmosphere.

Side project: My feature film DAWN and my art project SAGA.

Mode of transport: Triumph brat. Toyota FJ. 78’ Scout II. KTM 690R. Feet.

Bonus travel essential: Audiobooks & Guitar.


Artist: Dore

Musician: Nine Inch Nails.

Commercials / music video director: Rupert Sanders / Jonathan Glazer.

Film director: Denis Villeneuve.

Photographer: Richard Misrach / Bill Henson / Saul Leiter.

Film: Alien.

Series: Battlestar Galactica.

Commercial: Halo ODST - The Life.

Music video: Unkle ‘Rabbit in Your Headlights’.

Video game: Destiny 2 if I’m feeling energetic. Cyberpunk 2077 if I want to chill. Both have great narratives.

Board game: Codenames.

Book: Neuromancer.

Graphic novel: GREY.

Podcast: Drifter’s Sympathy and Desert Oracle.

Newspaper (off or online): These days it has to be an amalgamation of sources.

Magazine: Heavy Metal.

Bonus culture essential: I’m addicted to strange dark internet obscura channels on YouTube.

Food and Drink

Breakfast: Black iced coffee and homemade green smoothie with raw eggs.

Restaurant: Hide Sushi in Little Tokyo.

Cheap bite: The Great Western Steak & Hoagie Co. On Lincoln.

Working lunch: Grilled chicken and vegetables w/ various hot sauces.

Favorite dish: Lindsay’s Israeli couscous tomato fresh mozzarella thing.

Signature dish: Slow cooked pork shoulder.

Snack: Frozen Mango.

Guilty pleasure: East Side Cheesecake’s - made with excessive amounts of sugar and butter and diabolical flavors. 

Bar: Raise it.

Booze: Dulls the senses.

Not booze: Copious amounts of soda water and more black iced coffee.

Bonus food: Homemade Udon with my pork shoulder.

Bonus beverage: Ginger beer. So much ginger beer. All of the ginger beer. Viva La Ginger Beer.


Phone: iPhone whichever it is.

Computer: Mac Mini M4 and MacBook Air.

TV: LG OLED 60” 4K with sound bar.

Headphones: Bose QC35.

Camera: Red Komodo, Sony A7rIV and my iPhone.

Soundsystem: Cobbled together and very effective for my vinyls.

Pen / pencil: Black Sharpie fine point and ultra fine point markers.

Where you document an idea: Apple Notes. Black book.

Casual clothing: Black Athleisure only.

Smart clothing: Do motorcycle gear and wetsuits count?

Footwear: Black and tactical.

Watch: Apple Watch.

App: YouTube.

Website: Pinterest.

Favorite social media feed: PhilosophicalOutlaws, Stab, Archillect and infiniteworldsmagazine.

Work program: Final Draft and Logic Pro X.

Digital work tool: Goodnotes.

Analogue work tool: Large black foam core, index cards and Post-it notes.

Morning grooming / makeup essential: Detangler Brush.

Bonus kit essential: Thrasher Magazine Hats.

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DOMO, Tue, 09 Aug 2022 08:24:03 GMT