Announcing The Formation Of New Animatic Boutique For Ad Agencies And Brands Looking To Score Big

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ARU Chicago and Animaticmedia join forces to form a next generation animatics shop with motion & facial capture capabilities.

We’re very excited to be in Chicago and have the ability to not only work in a more personalized manner with our clients but to seamlessly offer audio services from one the most talented audio production staffs in the business, ARU Chicago

Animaticmedia, a global leader in the production of previz animatics for commercial testing in the advertising industry, and ARU, Chicago’s premiere creative audio and post production studio, announced today they will be joining forces under one roof at ARU Studios. Located in the heart of Chicago’s advertising community—at 625 N Michigan Ave—to better serve its clients.

The office expansion combines over 25 years of experience from each firm’s respective staffs to provide clients with the next generation of services for animatics, audio, and storyboard production.

The service offerings from Animaticmedia and ARU will include the latest in pre-visual production technology and audio services as well as preferred pricing for selected clients.

Among the services offered are: 2D, 3D, live-test, photomatics, facial & performance capture, real-time 3D rendering, virtual-camera, 3D head scanning, sound design & mixing, voice casting, music composition, music search and licensing, and audio recording for voice overs.    

“We’re very excited to be in Chicago,” adds Scott Ownbey, Founder & Creative Director at Animaticmedia, “and have the ability to not only work in a more personalized manner with our clients but to seamlessly offer audio services from one the most talented audio production staffs in the business, ARU Chicago.”

Animaticmedia will be relocating members of their Miami, New York and Burbank operations teams to help launch the Chicago office. Senior Editor Angel Nieto is well known in the industry for the versatility of his work in both 2D and 3D animation.

Animaticmedia Producer Lauren D’Andrea, who previously spent time at TAXI, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Grey Healthcare Group, will be responsible for client service and managing production in Chicago.

Don Arbuckle, ARU Partner remarked, “Business is good and we’re excited about the opportunity to have Scott and his team in the ARU office. We’re both on the same page when it comes to providing clients with exceptional service and we see nothing but upside potential by joining forces together.”

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About Animaticmedia
Founded in 1999, Animaticmedia is best known for its broad range of media styles from illustration to 3D with an emphasis on strong storytelling. Their full service offering includes 2D, 3D/CGI, photo animatics, and storyboards, as well as the ability to crew up for full-scale productions.

The company has offices in London, Miami, New York, Berlin and Los Angeles, employs 52 staff and has a client list that includes all the leading advertising holding companies (Omnicom, WPP, Publicis Worldwide and Interpublic), and agencies such as Leo Burnett, AMV BBDO, Ogilvy, BBH and Goodby Silverstein. Key to their operation is keeping abreast of the latest in production and technological capabilities, bringing clients the best in motion capture and facial recognition technology as well as live camera feeds and an enhanced online portal to ensure a seamless process.

About ARU
Established in 1988, ARU is staffed by a dynamic mix of talent and high-end sound professionals who service a wide range of projects from sound for film, broadcast TV, and radio, Web, corporate video, and interactive media. They offer sound design, audio restoration, sound mixing and sweetening to voice casting, music search and licensing, original music composition, audio recording for voice overs (VO), digital patch (ISDN), video narration and audio books.

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast at 625 N. Michigan Avenue, ARU consists of three sonically identical 5.1 studios equipped with the latest Avid Pro Tools Digital Audio Workstations.

The combination of their experience, attention to detail, exceptional service and relaxed work environment enables them to consistently deliver the highest quality audio and exceed clients expectations—giving them the power to do their best work.

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