This past weekend we celebrated ourselves a bit… A group of us attended the ADDY awards at the beautiful War Memorial Auditorium. We won a gold for our Honda Holiday Card piece, which you can see here, and a silver for our Upwrite Desk video. For more photos, go to our Facebook

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It's been a rather quiet week here at Fivestone while part of our crew is working in LA. Traylor, Brian, and Kyle have been busy bumping elbows with some folks in the video game world. Looks like they've been exploring and enjoying the west coast just a bit too... ! View from the beach in

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Get a bar's eye view of our Holiday Open House!  Thanks for coming out and enjoying our new space! Before and during the madness, you can see our super sized 4 screen wall. Brian and Jane Maley sharing a little creative time. DJ Carson rocking the holiday house! Sharing stories over

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This zippy little video captured 11 hours of blood, sweat, and tears.  It was all worth it!  Just in time for the holidays! Stay tuned for some other holiday highlights...   Illustrator-Kyle Jones Installers - Kyle Jones, Justin Barnes, Tara VanLaeken, Mandy

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It's that time of year again!  We're celebrating in our new space with an expanded team and lots of love to share.  We couldn't be more excited to open our doors to all of our friends and celebrate the fabulous year!  Please join us on December 10th at our Holiday Open House @ Marathon Village.  For more details and to RSVP please follow this link.

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Fivestone Studios is proud to introduce our newest Production Artist, Taylor Schomp! Let's get to know her a bit. ---------------------------------- Tell us about yourself I’m Taylor, a Vandy grad from Northern Virginia. I live in a quaint little house with two beautiful roommates. We call our home “The Red Door” because, you guessed it, we have a red door. If you talk to me for long enough, you’ll learn that I’m a die-hard Vanderbilt fan,

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Fivestone Studios is proud to announce that Sara Towne has joined the team as our Producer Extraordinaire! Let's see what Sara has to say about herself.... ---------------------------------- So who the heck are you? I’m an Army Brat who grew up in 6 different cities before I hit 4th grade, and loved it. I’ve lived in Nashville for 9 years, and have lived in 5 different houses, old habits die hard. I have a great husband, a

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Here at Fivestone, we love branding!  And we're absolutely loving working on our latest branding project for EPB Fiber Optics of Chattanooga. We got to shoot live action sequences all over town! And, we got to geek out with the remote controlled Octocopter!  We attached a RED camera to it and let it fly!.  Check it out!     Check back later to see the final piece, it's gonna be super

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Like they say, "all work and no play makes Jack (and Jackie) a dull boy (or girl)!"  And we certainly can't afford to be dullards around here, so we took a couple of days to recharge our brains, forget about virtual 3D worlds and get out and experience the actual 3D world. Day 1 started with a very tasty breakfast (complete with mimosas!) that apparently made some of the ladies a little sleepy.   Then,

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Last week the gang rode the B-cycles down to the Farmer's Market for lunch, and to celebrate Carson's birthday.  We definitely need to do this again!   To comment on our photos, and keep up to date, visit our Facebook page and check out

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Traylor spent a couple days last week networking in Cincinnati and Columbus.  He visited various agencies including Powerhouse Factories and SBC Advertising. He also found a great view in Cincinnati! Traylor snapping a photo of the view on top of Powerhouse   The view from

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Here's a sneak peak into our latest shoot for the UpDesk secret product launch.  Not only did we shoot at a beautiful house in Franklin Hills, but the sunlight couldn't have been better that day.  With 5 different scenes, 6 actors and 8 main crew members, Mark Pfeffer ran a well oiled machine, and managed to get er done in one day. Stay tuned next month for the final product! Dave and Andres geeking out

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What is your background? I graduated in 2004 with a bachelor degree in graphic design and a minor in video production. When I graduated, I got into web design with a startup company here in Nashville.  In 2008, I started my own video production company with my twin brother and we produced music videos, commercials, PSA's and web videos. Now, I'm really excited to be a part of a talented team that understands design, video

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What are your qualifications? Well, where do we start? I live in Nashville, and for some reason everyone here seems to like me at Fivestone.  Oh, you mean my degree?  Does a B.S. in Community Education count as a qualification?  I studied mostly education at UW Milwaukee, but the last 4 years I've lived in the post production world.  In Milwaukee, I managed Wonder Wonder, and before that I worked with Purple Onion and About

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  Last week we had a St. Patty's Day themed open house.  It's been awhile since we've opened the doors up, and celebrated in our cozy space.  Lot's of folks showed up and drank Guiness, ate corned beef sammies, and took the time to catch up with us.  It was awesome! Not that we needed another excuse to throw a party, but we did need to introduce our newest team members- Tara VanLaeken and Mark

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Last Friday and Saturday we had a serious hardcore Employee Appreciation Weekend. We started off with a vision casting meeting at our new favorite restaurant, The Garden Brunch Cafe, where Carson practiced his maniacal laugh.         Then onto Dave & Busters for some "research".                                   Saturday the fun continued at the lake where we spent a

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Check this out! Senior Animator Carson Carr was recently invited by Sony to help them with a video to promote their Xperia phone. Sony asked the public to submit ideas for tricks that soccer players would perform. Sony chose three and produced this video. One idea was to create music by dribbling a ball. Carson worked with programmers in Germany to develop the app for the phones. We'll let him explain how this works. And yes,

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Brian has been with Fivestone a few months now and it's time we unlocked his cell and let him out for some air.  Here's the scoop on our newest animator. What are your qualifications? I've been doing 3D animation for a little over ten years now. I graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2002, where I focused on forensic animation. I originally intended to bring my animations in to the courtroom as evidence

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What does it take to become a great designer/artist?  Talent alone?  NO!  There are many skills needed to make it in the day to day business world of design that are not related to art at all.  Do you work well with others?  Know how to finish a project on time?  Can you communicate with clients who don’t understand graphic design? Fivestone founder Traylor Woodall will be heading up a panel on Saturday, April 14th

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We are excited and honored to have been awarded another round of Addys this year.  Two of our personal projects were chosen; the Fivestone ID, Viking, which is the brainchild of Creative Director Kyle Jones and our 2011 video Christmas card, Dubstep Santa. An Addy also went to Lifeway for a video we did for their Girls Ministry this past summer The awards will be handed out by the AAF Nashville at a dinner on

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…right across the street from our studio, a little pub tucked away in historic Printer’s Alley.  We used the occasion of producer Katie Rauh’s birthday to venture out one snowy afternoon and check it out.  The beef & pudding, soup, and curry all got rave reviews but naturally the fish & chips were the fave.  We also managed to play darts without anyone incurring any major injuries.  (The darts themselves, however, did not fare so

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Last weekend Fivestone opened its doors to friends and family.  There was food, drink, and fun.  Thanks to all of those who stopped by to celebrate the season with us! Proof that intern Hunter survived the party preparations.  Hm, where’s intern Andy? New team member Brian Altman chats with Jeff Fox Brian and Whitney chill with Traylor Eric Stars stopped by for a while Carson’s presence is always felt Is that a high five or

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After subjecting us to his rants and ravings about his various pop food finds, Senior Animator Carson Carr has taken our suggestion that he write down his junk food findings and share them. His new blog, The Flavor Explosionist is the result. Check out Carson's new

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Last month, Fivestone Studios was presented with several Case Awards for our design and graphic motion work.  We won Best of Category in the Broadcast/Film category for our spot for the Red Cross International. Bob Isherwood and the folks at I.E. Healthcare brought us the concept for this powerful ad which was broadcast around the world in multiple languages. You can check out the award-winning spot here. We also won several Merit Awards for: GAC

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We’re pleased to announce that after two years of juggling, ping pong playing and occasionally working, Kyle Jones has been promoted to our Creative Director.  Congratulations, Kyle! Here are Kyle’s thoughts on the matter: What are your qualifications?  I’ve been arting (pardon me) my whole life- constantly drawing and making things. I got in trouble several times for turning in homework wrought with doodles. Officially though, I am a graduate of MTSU with a major

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Our own Traylor Woodall has been named a finalist for the inaugural NEXT Awards. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneur Center jointly present these awards to recognize the accomplishments of companies and individual entrepreneurs in five areas of business especially important to the Nashville economy: health care; technology; digital media and entertainment; sustainability and alternative energy; and social enterprise. (Guess which category Traylor is nominated for.) Individual awards for successful youth, minority,

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http://vimeo.com/27011586 For the second year in a row, Fivestone’s Art Director Kyle Jones headed up a team in the Nashville edition of the 48 Hour Film Project.  Kyle led a crew, including fellow Fivestoners Eric Dies and Kevin Harkness, in writing, filming, and editing a short film in just 48 hours. Fivestone offered support in a variety of ways including donating our facilities for post production. The genre assigned to them was comedy and each

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With tighter budgets and timelines, the request for moving type spots and videos is on the rise. Understandably, there is a cost savings since using just type eliminates live action shoots, high end 3D animation, and other sophisticated techniques. The downside is that your spot will be competing with a vast hoard of poorly executed hopefuls since “anyone can do it” with After Effects , Comic Sans or some other “hip” font. If you want

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http://vimeo.com/22097333 F-volution is a stylized motion info-graphic visualizing the lifespan of stars and embraces the theory that when they die, a diamond of unimaginable size is left behind.  In 2004 astronomers discovered the burned out corpse of a star named BPM 37093 and nicknamed it “Lucy”.  This white dwarf is a chunk of crystallized carbon which weighs 5 million trillion trillion pounds.  That would equal a diamond of 10 billion trillion trillion carats…Bling, Bling! Our

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http://vimeo.com/22010221 In a world lost to time, our hero must conquer the greatest force in Nature known to the Vikings… Dragons! Will he slay the terrible beast? Will he make the journey home to his beloved family? What does this have to do with Fivestone Studios? Sit back, relax, tense up, relax again, and enjoy. In honor of our brand new brand (ya see what I did there) each of our animators created a studio

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You are invited to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Walkabout180.  Our illustrious leader, Traylor Woodall, will be speaking on Using Motion Design to Strengthen Your Brand.  He will be speaking during the 9-10am slot. The event takes place on Lipscomb campus and there will be lots of opportunities to meet new companies.  There will also be a variety of topics presented. Hope to see you

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http://vimeo.com/20805976 A fresh reel for a new year with over 80% new stuff from last year! Beck came along for the ride, so sit back relax and

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