Thursday, April 28, 2011

MoneyIsland for BancVue!

BancVue, one of our favorite local clients, recently announced the release of their long awaited MoneyIsland! This great interactive world is a financial literacy tool for kids aged 8-14. Users travel through several exotic destinations to learn important financial lessons which they then utilize to move forward in the game.

Powerhouse Animation was lucky enough to team up with BancVue on this project, creating 7 short animated pieces. Each of these shorts involved a unique and creative character who leads the user through that particular lesson, like Milo the Philosophical and Sherman Q. Holmes (voiced by Powerhouse's very own Doug Beck and Jason Williams)!

Check out the demo version to watch the Introduction piece we created, and sign up for your own chance to explore MoneyIsland!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Powerhouse 10th Anniversary Party

Powerhouse Animation recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary, and in honor of this momentous occasion we decided to head out to the Salt Lick to celebrate!

Check out some of our photos documenting the festivities!

Thanks to everyone who made it out to Driftwood to celebrate with us. Here's to another 10 great years!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Office Sign Now Complete!

The guys from Blue Genie came back to the office today to deliver the last few pieces for our new lobby sign. The gauge on the left side moves back and forth, and it has an "Edison" bulb on it. "40 watts with the output of a 15 watt bulb." Pretty efficient, huh? They also added the final gear to the bottom of the sign, and adjusted the lighting on the top so the Jacob's Ladder looks real. In all, a very cool piece.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Our 10th anniversary present...

Powerhouse Animation Studios turned 10 years old last Friday. That's right, the company was started on April Fool's Day. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we got ourselves something we have always wanted: a sign from Austin's own, Blue Genie Art.

Blue Genie is known far-and-wide for making great 3d art and signage. If it is a cool sign, and it is in Austin, you can be pretty sure that Blue Genie made it. We felt it was about time for us to join the club of proud Austin businesses with Blue Genie signs.

Blue Genie bringing the sign into the studio.

Jason Williams, who designed the sign, checking it out with COO Bruce Tinnin.

Here it is in all of its gear-turning, lit-up glory:

The proud owners, with the new sign.

It might be hard to hear in this video, but when you pull the chain the whistle plays, as Doug Beck demonstrates:

We had some cake and champagne to celebrate.

We are having a party this weekend, more videos and pictures to come soon! Happy Anniversary Powerhouse!