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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.
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.”
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.
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