Filed under: Animation & Effects
September 29, 2015
This week’s blog post features creative warriors in the field who, through passion and hard work, created Animal Inc., a nationally recognized video production media company.
Situated at the edge of the Monongahela River in Downtown Pittsburgh, Animal Inc. is a production media company that’s nationally acclaimed for combining its unique storytelling perspective with cutting edge video production services. Substantially staffed by the Art Institutes system of schools graduates, Animal’s award-winning work has earned the company invites to the nation’s top film festival circuits and ceremonies. And it has notably been featured in Gizmodo, Popular Mechanics, Mashable and many other national publications.
Inspired by the creative warrior spirit imparted to students at Ai, Animal was founded by creatives who followed their passions and succeeded through hard work. “At its core, Animal is what happens when a group of passionate, dedicated and obsessive content creators put their minds together and start to tell stories that no one else is telling,” explains Allan Stallard, Colorist at Animal. “Our goal is to bring our clients’ stories to life in film, animation and other visual media in a unique and palpable way. We want to be successful not only in delivering the highest level creative product, but in effecting real change in the world.”
Animal maintains a tradition of hiring Ai alumni in key positions, adding to its growing staff of creative warriors. “The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is right around the corner from our office, granting us much needed access to a steady stream of the brightest talent,” comments Jim Kreitzburg, Partner and Co-founder. Ai Pittsburgh graduates at Animal include Steve Hoover, a 2006 graduate with an Associate of Science in Video Production and a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Production, Director; Danny Yourd, a 2005 graduate with an Associate of Science in Video Production and a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Production, Director/Producer; Allan Stallard, a 1998 graduate with an Associate of Science in Music and Video Business; and Jim Kreitzburg, a 1986 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications. Additionally, Kris Boban, Animator, Illustrator and Director, currently serves as an adjunct professor teaching digital animation there.
Animal recruits talent and accepts applicants from national Ai locations for their exceptional experience with a challenging curriculum. Ai students also benefit from instruction from working professionals, and Animal encourages its young creatives to work hard and follow their passions. “Working in your future career is going to have its tough moments for sure,” says Jim Kreitzburg. “One thing that I always remembered was to keep chipping away at it. The process of trying helps develop and mold you. All for the better. Then there comes this day when you look back and you are amazed at what you have actually achieved.”
From its single office in Pittsburgh, Animal offers award-winning solutions for a wide range of national and local brands. Its client list includes ESPN, American Eagle, Subway, McDonalds, Verizon, Highmark, Taco Bell, Nationwide, K-Swiss and GNC among others. The firm credits its impressive client list in part to its ability to offer services ala carte, allowing for brands to harness their unique storytelling services in more efficient and strategic ways. “The work done at Animal really speaks for itself,” commented Jim Kreitzburg. “We weave creativity with technology to craft original content for our clients, and our steady growth is indicative of our success.”
Animal has additionally produced award-winning documentaries including Blood Brother, the story of one man’s passion for helping a group of children infected with HIV, which was directed by Steve Hoover. Blood Brother won both the Audience and Grand Jury Awards at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Another critically-acclaimed documentary, Elgin Park, was directed by Danny Yourd. The film, which features the life and work of artist Michael Paul Smith, most recently won the Best International Short award at the Global Visions Festival. Additionally, the company was recently asked to develop a pilot for ABC based on a comedy series they created called “Downward Dog.”
As Animal grows, it continues to bring Ai graduates on board as interns. These emerging creative warriors benefit by continuing their education in editing, animation, motion graphics and visual effects in the field. For more information, please visit Animal at www.animaleast.com.
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