September 23, 2021


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Spire animation taps Disney and DreamWorks Creative to tell the story

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Spire Animation Studios, award-winning producer Brad Lewis (“Ratatouil”) and industry entrepreneur PJ Gansagar co-founded the newly formed Feature Animation Studio, DreamWorks, Disney, Pixar, Blue Sky Studio and Warner Animation Group’s Anime.

The creative team includes Shawn Kraus, Creative Director of Animation and Storytelling, Michael Surrey, Creative Director, Story and Animation, Ted Mathew, Creative Director of Development, and Karen Descher, Creative Director of Development.

“We’re trying to bring together a team from different places where I’ve worked creatively to do something special,” Lewis said. He adds, “What wakes me up in the morning is ‘Let’s do something with a team that’s really enthusiastic and behind it.'”

Spire Animation hopes to lead a resonant original and culturally relevant story to a global audience rather than a reboot offer. For Lewis, that means partnering with both top-notch talent and emerging creatives to tell those stories.

Gunsagar can understand the tension of “it’s a safe game” in animation and movies. “The idea is to have a more innovative way of telling the story and what the next generation studio might look like, rearranging it a bit without all the hassle of the old infrastructure.”

The team is using the cloud workflow together, more on epidemics, and empowering talent around the world. With its proprietary, real-time workflow platform built on this popular, sophisticated game engine, animated films are shaking stability by making it more seamless and risky. “Brian came from a world where everyone was under one roof and that’s how some of the best studios were built, but now, empowering this global workforce and bringing new patterns around it,” Gunasagar said.

Krause, who worked on Inside Out, added: “Spire is an opportunity for me to take the best of what I’ve learned about filmmaking at Pixar and adapt it to cutting-edge technology. Which, of course, made the video an overnight sensation.

Added Desher, “I met Brad a few years ago and admired his vision and positive energy. I was thrilled when I was invited to be part of Spire – a rare and special opportunity to help build a new studio from the ground up.” “Our team has years of experience in big studios, but now we can be brighter and go beyond the usual way of working, finding new and amazing ways to tell stories.”

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