“There is no greater burden in life than that of having potential.” ~Charlie Brown

September 21, 2006 Synthespian Studios Animation and more….

Synthespian Studios is a new boutique story development, design and character animation studio launched by creative directors Diana Walczak and Jeff Kleiser who, as partners, helmed the bicoastal animation and effects house Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company.

Founded to create original projects for animated characters, in 2005 Synthespian Studios was commissioned to develop, design and produce two pilot commercials for the Sun-Maid Raisin Growers of California and their iconic Sun-Maid girl. The success of these spots lead to the development of more commercials and print ads for Sun-Maid as well as projects for entertainment clients.

In addition to their spot and print work, Synthespian Studios recently designed and produced an all-CG animated dance sequence spoofing “War of the Worlds” for “Scary Movie 4.” Kleiser and Walczak’s latest visual effects work may be seen in visual effects shots created for “X3″ and “Fantastic Four.”

Jeff Kleiser is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Visual Effects Society. He serves on the board of the Williamstown Film Festival. Kleiser and Diana Walczak both serve on the board of the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Synthespian
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A synthespian is any synthetic actor. A portmanteau of the words synthetic, meaning not of natural origin, and thespian, meaning dramatic actor. The term “synthespian” was created by Jeff Kleiser and Diana Walczak of Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company. When they were assembling a synthetic thespian for their project, “Nestor Sextone for President,” they coined the term “synthespian.”


Here Diana Walczak is pictured at her computer. Photo courtesy Synthespian Studios. Image on monitor: © 2006 Sun-Maid Growers of California. All rights reserved.


Diana Walczak and Jeff Kleiser of Synthespian Studios directed a team of artists who updated the look of the 90-year-old Sun-Maid girl for a television, print and web campaign that started in 2006. Kleiser and Walczak developed the concepts for the campaign; wrote, designed and directed the spots; and oversaw creative for all print ads.

Contact

USA Commercials Representation
Phil McIntyre
PGM Artists
134-A Charles Street
New York, NY 10014
phone 212 524 4868
fax 212 929 7090
philm@pgmartists.com
www.PGMartists.com

All Other Inquiries:

West Coast
Amanda Roth
Executive Producer
7000 Romaine St., Ste. 201
Hollywood, CA 90038
phone 323 325 9485
fax 323 576 5396
ar@synthespians.net

East Coast
Marie Trudeau
Public Relations Manager
P.O. Box 1063
North Adams, MA 01247
phone 413 664 8176
fax 413 664 7442
marie@synthespians.net