Monday, February 28, 2011

San Francisco World Tour: Post 2

Things have been going well on the tour so far.

Late last week we went by a few great ad agencies, such as Pereira & O'Dell, AKQA, Draft FCB.

We really enjoyed the fancy screening rooms all the agencies had, like this one at Pereira & O'Dell.
The very amazing Kate Lee from Draft-FCB. She gave us a tour of the studio and then was one of our guests for lunch that day. She invited us to a party at the Bay Area Boat Club on Sunday where a steel-guitar band played and we had hot dogs and the least expensive beer we have had in San Francisco. It was a blast and felt like a family reunion. We really appreciate Kate taking the time with us and making us feel so at home.

The band at the boat club, throughout the day musicians would switch out and the band morphed into something new.

Jason Williams and Rachel Citron, kicking it at the boat club.

One of the many commodores of the boat club. Check out the name. He looks cool enough to be the orginator to us.

The Tour Trio with Kate Lee and Penny.

Over the weekend we met up with Brad's wife Mandy and Jason and Brad spent several hours in a couple parks sketching passers by. Despite the reports of snow, the weather has been really great.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Lunchtime plein air

A few of us went out at lunchtime to do some quick oil paintings in our cigar box pochade boxes, or to do some sketching. COO Bruce Tinnin and CCO Frank Gabriel painted while Wade Minter drew in his sketchbook.

These were quick 6 x 8" studies, done in about 45 minutes.

Afterward, we ran into the cigar store, where we bought some extra cigar boxes to make some more pochade boxes for some of the other people in the office. We hope to do this more often, since there are plenty of places near our office to paint. Plus, it gets us away from our desks and in the fresh air for a little while.




Bruce at work

Frank at work (and a turtle)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

World Tour, San Francisco Leg, Post 1

The world tour trio from Powerhouse Animation has landed in San Francisco. Things have been going well so far.  We hear that it is going to snow here for the first time in 30 years today.

One of the highlights of the tour was getting to meet Powerhouse's agent Susan Bennett for the first time in person.  Susan is representing Powerhouse on the West Coast, and has hooked us up with several meetings and reel showings the week before GDC starts. 

Our first meeting was at DDB and Tribal DDB.
Susan arranged a lunch meeting that we catered and I am sure that good Mexican food might have helped draw a few more people in.

The demo reel room was really nice.  Several couches along the walls and the main areas of the room, and speakers throughout the ceilings really made for a nice showing experience.

We have had a chance to visit a couple of areas of town the past two nights.  On Tuesday night we walked around Chinatown.

And after our meeting at Tribal we went and looked at Alcatraz from Pier 39.

While in San Francisco, Powerhouse director Jason Williams and CEO Brad Graeber decided to record a duets album. This might be the cover image.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Delayed Doug and a featured app!

Powerhouse Director and sports-enthusiast Doug Beck was supposed to return to the studio today after a weekend vacation, but unfortunately got trapped in the frozen snowy tundra that is Colorado. Luckily he was able to spend his extra unexpected hours touring the famed Lucky Three Ranch, home of our good friend and client Meredith Hodges and inspirational site for her Jasper the Mule pieces that we have been tirelessly working on for over a year.

Check out some of the work we've done on our site

We also found out today that one of our beloved projects, Grammaropolis is now a featured app! The lovable characters Powerhouse created for this site can now help you learn your parts of speech no matter where you are (like stuck in a Colorado airport for example). Grab your smartphones and check it out!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Powerhouse Animation Goes Cow-tipping!

The hardworking folks here at Powerhouse Animation recently finished up a project for La Crème real dairy creamer. Thanks to the team at Slingshot in Dallas this piece turned out great!

The interactive campaign allows you to abuse our poor little robot cow in a variety of creative, and progressively twisted ways in order to learn about why real dairy creamer is unequivocally better than non-dairy creamer. Don't believe me? Try it for yourself and check out the site to practice your cow-tipping skills (and make sure to set him ablaze, cause that one's my favorite!)

We also wanted to give a shout out to insightful marketing blogger and friend of the studio Pete Monfre. Pete's blog, Clarity Marketing Support, featured a great article today about our recently released World Tour piece-- and I'm not just saying that because he gave us a rave review. Thanks for your support, Pete! Check out what he had to say here.

Make sure to stay tuned to the Powerhouse blog in the coming weeks as we head to San Francisco for GDC... Bon Voyage, Texas!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Powerhouse Animation World Tour

Move over Justin Bieber! Powerhouse Animation is going on tour. We are visiting several major cities and coming in a flying Viking ship with demo reels and pastries to rock your faces off.

San Francisco is the first stop on the tour. If you work in the bay area at an ad agency, we might have made a custom version just for you.

Click on the agency you work for:
AKQA, Butler, Tribal, DDB, Goodby, Organic, or Pereira.

If you work at a firm or group in the bay area, shoot us an e-mail with your agency name and we will find the one we custom made for you.

If you don't work at an ad agency in the bay area, poor soul, here is a generic version just for you:

Lyrics and animation by Powerouse Animation. The music was created by the incredibly talented Mr. Carl Thiel.  He did an epic job.

So, give us a shout.  Let us know if you like muffins or bear claws.