Close Quarters

October 31, 2011 | Posted by:

In the most recent of collaborations with director Jack C. Newell, Protokulture designed the motion graphics for Close Quarters: a film about sex, betrayal, friendship, jealousy, love, hate, death, and of course, coffee.  Protokulture previously created the title sequences for Newell’s short film Typing.  For more information about the film, visit the official site here.


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Kim Austgen

January 26, 2011 | Posted by:

A new addition to the windy city, Kim spends her time trying not to get blown off the streets. A die hard fan of I Love Lucy, a past-life in the welding industry, and a zest for anything animation, Kim brings a unique perspective and set of skills. Protokulture’s newest assistant works hard sharpening her post-production and motion graphic skills and growing with the Protokulture team.

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Gates of Hell

August 23, 2010 | Posted by:




Protokulture recently modeled and animated these three 3D versions of hell for History Channel’s show “Gates of Hell” a documentary examining the places on earth conceived to resemble hell. Keep Reading…

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August 16, 2010 | Posted by:

Protokulture recently joined the Midwest chapter of the Association of Independent Commercial Editors (AICE) after the organization expanded its membership to design and motion graphics companies. “Motion graphics companies are an essential part of the post-production process and we are looking forward to being a contributing voice within the organization,” states Managing Director Kelley Clark. Protokulture’s first assignment with AICE was collaborating on the design for the 2010 AICE Midwest awards show on May 20th. The design team was influenced by the revolutionary aspect of this year’s theme, “The Revolution Will Be Edited” and came up with a precisionist inspired design featuring a fist consisting of editing materials.

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Red Mysterium

July 25, 2010 | Posted by:

We recently collaborated with Director Michael Neuman on a spot with the Milwaukee-based agency Welke Group for the Verlo mattress brand. The spot was shot on green screen and features hand-drawn 2D animation. Here are some pictures of the shoot, and the final product here.

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Proto Crew

July 20, 2010 | Posted by:

Introducing the 2010 Protokulture line-up
After deciding against an Olan Mills company picture, we all piled into the conference room and snapped this photo. From left to right: John Michaels, Jack Danger, Will Carpenter, Julie Batkiewicz, Ben Christie, Nick Hopkins, Kelley Clark, Amanda Walton

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Rob Cornell

July 19, 2010 | Posted by:

Rob’s expert animation skills called to us from the far-off border of Canada and Michigan, where “aboot” and “eh?” infiltrated his vocabulary at a young age. This genius bar alum knows the inner and outer workings of software and is always up for a good challenge. When he’s not conquering storyboards, he’s riding wakeboards, skateboards, and snowboards. Also an aspiring horticulturist and VJ, this Red Wings fan is a perfect fit for the team with his bright personality and brilliant design chops.

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Ian Merrill

June 7, 2010 | Posted by:

A newly Norwalk juicer enthusiast and aspiring “Dirt Wine” maker, Ian’s typography expertise and keen eye for detail makes him the go-to guy around the office. In his free time, he is calculating ways to keep his carbon footprint down and is frequently seen extreme couponing at the local Kroger.

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Welcome on Board

May 29, 2010 | Posted by:

Recent Columbia College grad Ben Christie started off taking out the garbage as an intern and we liked him so much that we had to hire him. He’s a talented designer and tough Mortal Kombat opponent. He still enjoys taking out the garbage.

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