Elevating our creative partners' ideas through the exploration of animation, from the elegant to the bold.
From story and character development to final animation, all content is produced in-house here in Oregon. We're innovative and adept with the most up-to-date digital systems – from Adobe Animate to Maya and Unreal. We love pushing boundaries to explore new techniques and animated styles in 2D and 3D.
The essence of every project starts with you. That’s why our team of producers, directors, and artists listen to your idea to build it into a complete vision, no matter if it’s scratched on the back of a napkin or on your conference room whiteboard. From there, we create a framework and style for the project, culminating in the creation of a detailed outline or script. An engaging story is the strong foundation for any project.
Strong character design and art direction speaks to and builds trust with your audience. Taking inspiration from the story and development phase, we explore various styles with you, determining which conveys the personality and message most effectively. This creates a cohesive world filled with characters that tell your story.
A storyboard is a visual representation of your story that breaks down the action into individual panels. A major step during pre-production, it sets out how you want the final piece to flow shot-by-shot, giving you a tangible outline for your story before beginning animation.
Our editor is incorporated into the 2D production process from the start, consulting with the director and producers on what will need to be animated and how the scenes will be pieced together. As each element of the project is completed, the editor manages the assembly of the final production, including the animation, dialogue, and music. Their presence throughout the entire process ensures the vision is carried through from beginning to end.
We begin by roughing out animated scenes for an initial review. Once these are approved, we get to work on each element of the scene like background illustrations, character animation, and effects, such as fire, water, and wind. Using programs like ToonBoom Harmony, Adobe Animate, and TV Paint to animate either hand-drawn or rigged characters, we create the clean and final animations to be handed over to the compositor.
This is the final stage after all of the animation production is completed. Our compositor brings the characters, backgrounds, and effects together to create one cohesive piece, which is then polished off with lighting and a final pass of color grading. The editor will place in the music, sound effects, and voice over before doing one final sound mix.
Our 3D productions can be seen in films, TV, commercials, music videos, games, social media, and more. From the initial character design to animation to the final render, we’re always venturing beyond the limits of what’s possible.
The animation and live action studio Deep Sky released the first installment of their animated anthology "It’s The Little Things" to global recognition and acclaim. Originally released as the studio’s 2022 holiday short, the 2D short has gained over 500K views and over 60K likes on Instagram and TikTok.
Deep Sky hosted and spoke at AEPDX's Animated Music Video Production event. The event featured a panel of industry-leading directors and producers sharing behind-the-scenes insight into how they created some of their most well-known animated music videos. John Robson (Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”, Autre Ne Veut’s “Okay”), Mike Anderson (Meg Myers’ “The Underground”, Junior Jack & Pat BDS’s “Tecky Dream”) and Deep Sky (Big Wild’s “OMGarden”, The Smashing Pumpkins’ In Ashes) bared so much of their process in creating these projects, including both their successes and missteps along the way.