Stop-Motion Animation Commercial Production Announced at Johnny Underscore San Francisco

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Using the pool of high-quality talent assembled to produce the Ginger and Pickles stop-motion animation footage, which has attracted over 100,000 views on YouTube, Johnny Underscore is now accepting commercial projects.

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Johnny Underscore is now accepting commercial projects.

We can animate their company’s logo character or develop a character for them—we even create and produce original music with the client’s input on the lyrics and style or genre.

Johnny Underscore, a San Francisco Bay Area stop-motion and live video production company that produces the popular Ginger and Pickles animated show, has announced it is now accepting commercial projects. The company will now produce high quality, custom content for online and commercial broadcast.

“If a Mexican restaurant wants a 15-30 second stop-motion animated video of a singing and dancing tamale for their website or a candy maker wants a live action video of the candy-making process for their YouTube channel, we’re the guys to do it,” said Peter Sailsbery, co-owner of Johnny Underscore. “We can animate their company’s logo character or develop a character for them—we even create and produce original music with the client’s input on the lyrics and style or genre.”

Sailsbery and co-owner John Cavalli met in November 2008, and immediately started to create “Ginger and Pickles,” a stop-motion animation about a gingerbread girl and a pickle character. Ginger is a strong, decisive Southern cookie, while Pickles is a tenacious, scholarly British gentleman.

Ginger and Pickles work for a temp agency, where they are recruited to highly specialized temporary assignments few could perform, whether it’s being astronauts or baseball players or game show hosts. Views of test footage of stop-motion animation characters Ginger and Pickles recently surpassed 105,000 on YouTube.

“Shortly after we posted test footage of Ginger and Pickles on YouTube, we started getting calls asking about our availability to work on other projects—and many of them are intriguing, so we’re doing it,” said co-owner John Cavalli. “We represent many very talented artists, including some of the best stop-motion animators and first-rate musicians in the Bay Area who love their work.”

A top-notch group of San Francisco Bay Area talent has teamed up to create the test footage, starting with master stop-motion animator Scott Nordlund. Nordlund has worked on MTV logos and Sesame Street shorts. He has also made moving images for the rock group KISS and directed the “Jurassic Park” music video for Weird Al Yankovic.

Contributing animators include Amy Adamy, who was a key animator on Coraline, and Chuck Duke, whose works include Tim Burton’s James and the Giant Peach and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Nordlund also mentored Bradly Werley during filming of the project. Bradly currently works as a Stop Motion Lab Technician for the Academy of Art University of San Francisco.

Musicians include Bay Area songwriter and producer Bobby Gould, who wrote and performed the music for the Ginger short. Jonathan and Alexander Eccles produced the kicky, contagious theme song “Junk and Stuff” heard at the end of the shorts. Jonathan also produced the musical score for the Pickles short.

For more information about video productions, contact John Cavalli at (510) 363-2275. Test footage of Ginger and Pickles can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHGSWQyJ5gU and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nqBgB1C7QY&feature=related. Nordlund’s demo reel can be seen on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZOWvus3eqc.

About Johnny Underscore
Johnny Underscore is a San Francisco Bay Area stop-motion and live action video production company. The company maintains relations with artists in all areas of video production, especially stop-motion animation, voice over, and custom song production.

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