IBELIEVEIN
SWORDFISH

Hi. We’re Swordfish, a motion design studio based in San Francisco specializing in marketing and user experience. Our team of directors, designers, animators, and technologists work with direct clients and ad agencies to design memorable pictures in motion. We are fearless storytellers, focused motion design innovators, and forward-thinking UX tacticians. When you need to move something, we’re here to help.

DOLBY
BELIEVES

When Dolby needed to create animated branding elements for their Atmos product line they turned to Swordfish to bring the brand to life. Dolby provided us with five uniquely designed orbs that represented each vertical. We deconstructed each sphere to reveal the core elements and created rich, atmospheric experiences utilizing heavy particle simulations. The final animations currently play in cinemas, homes, and on mobile devices around the world.

AUDI
BELIEVES

Audi Connect is a revolutionary new connected car experience bringing real-time data directly to the driver. Our friends at Venables Bell & Partners came to Swordfish to help with the product launch for Audi USA. With a well crafted script provided by VBP, we created “Beautiful Data” from concept through completion, relying on beautiful data visualizations to explain the benefits without ever seeing a physical car or user interface.

MAXON
BELIEVES

When Maxon decided to stun the content creation world with the introduction of a revolutionary new integration between Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects, they turned to Swordfish to design content to show off the new functionality. Our only direction was to use footage from the Danny Way documentary “Waiting For Lightning”, provided by Bandito Brothers. Can you say “dream project”. Besides the finished spot, hours of tutorials detailing the shot breakdowns were delivered to both Maxon and Adobe for use as advanced training material.

CORNING
BELIEVES

To kick off Corning's latest fiber platform Corning ONE, ad agency Doremus approached Swordfish to create an animation to tell the world about their unique new product. Running with a clever script provided by Doremus, Swordfish crafted a seamless journey through a stylized CD environment to explain the benefits of the Corning ONE platform.

BOX CLEVER
BELIEVES

After spending months coming up with their unique vision for a smart watch, the industrial design ninjas at Box Clever partnered with us to design the UI, UX, and motion patterns. With Box Clever's CAD files in hand, we created final 3D renderings and animation of the device with our UI's in context. We're super-excited to see this project come to fruition, and are looking forward to the day when we will be wearing this beautiful timepiece on our wrist.

FOGERTY
BELIEVES

Swordfish collaborated with event production company Plumbago on the show opener for John Fogerty’s world tour. After raiding Fogerty’s vault we had a plethora of film and photographs to work with. The result is a design-driven editorial montage to fire up the crowd and kick off an amazing night of songs by the legendary musician.

MATT
SILVERMAN

As the Executive Creative Director of Swordfish, Silverman leads a diverse team of visual communicators. From designing worldwide product launches to directing live-action effects-intensive shoots, the world’s most respected brands including Apple, Sony, and Microsoft have put their trust in Matt Silverman's hands. Silverman’s work has been seen around the world, including animations playing on every Macintosh computer, Super Bowl and DGA award-winning spots, main titles for Oscar nominated films, and UX design found on gadgets in millions of people's pockets. - READ MORE

With a background in design, visual effects, animation and software development, Silverman got his start in the industry at one of the world’s first integrated agencies, CKS Group, working on various accounts including Apple, Compaq, and Timberland. As a Partner and Flame artist at San Francisco's leading editorial boutique, Phoenix Editorial, Silverman built up a design and effects department which eventually split off into Bonfire Labs. Over the course of his 12 year run at Phoenix/Bonfire, he worked with San Francisco’s top creative ad agencies including Venables Bell, Goodby, and Black Rocket/Heat, as well as directly for clients including Adobe Systems, Apple Inc., Facebook, Microsoft, Salesforce, Sony, Yahoo!, and T-Mobile. As a founding partner and CEO of Theory, Silverman brought to market numerous software tools designed to solve his production problems including plug-ins for Photoshop, After Effects and Flame, and QuickTime codecs including the Flash FLV component licensed by Adobe for inclusion in Flash. Now he brings his experience and creative energy to Swordfish, where he continues to push motion design in all sorts of new directions.


Adobe "Creative Suite 5"

Director + Creative Director

Agency: Bonfire Labs


eBay "Watch with eBay"

Director

Agency: Swirl


HBO "True Blood End Tag"

2nd Unit Director

Agency: Venables Bell & Partners


B of A "On the Road"

Director

Agency: Organic


Sony "Jane"

Director + Creative Director

Agency: Bonfire Labs


AT&T "Morph"

Director

Agency: Hoffman Lewis


Yahoo! "Critters"

VFX Supervisor + VFX Artist

Agency: Black Rocket


Microsoft "Silverlight"

Director + Creative Director

Agency: Bonfire Labs


Sony "Bloggie OOBE"

Director + Creative Director

Agency: Bonfire Labs


IDEO "Living Climate Change"

Director + Creative Director

Agency: Bonfire Labs


Sony "Jane"

Director + Creative Director

Agency: Bonfire Labs


B of A "On the Road"

Director

Agency: Organic


HBO "True Blood End Tag"

2nd Unit Director

Agency: Venables Bell & Partners


eBay "Watch with eBay"

Director

Agency: Swirl


Adobe "Creative Suite 5"

Director + Creative Director

Agency: Bonfire Labs


IDEO "Living Climate Change"

Director + Creative Director

Agency: Bonfire Labs


Sony "Bloggie OOBE"

Director + Creative Director

Agency: Bonfire Labs


Microsoft "Silverlight"

Director + Creative Director

Agency: Bonfire Labs


Yahoo! "Critters"

VFX Supervisor + VFX Artist

Agency: Black Rocket


AT&T "Morph"

Director

Agency: Hoffman Lewis

MAUCHI
BAIOCCHI

While it's true that Mauchi is devoted to his craft and has a fearless approach to his projects, it is also the primary cause of his hair loss. His latest film, “Cicada Princess” is a heartfelt gesture on life played out by miniature puppets. Narrated by Stephen Fry, It is currently playing around the world and has taken home two prestigious awards at Oscar qualifying festivals. He feels at home working in both traditional and digital mediums marrying technologies in service to his unique sense of creation. He is currently working on his new film “Crickets Would Sing”, a stop-motion animated opus. - READ MORE

Baiocchi is a 15 year veteran of the Visual Effects and Animation industry. Recent credits include Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Lone Ranger, and Flight. After leaving Industrial Light and Magic in 2002, he took on the role as Animation Supervisor at The Orphanage. There he oversaw animation on Hellboy, Sky Captain, and Sin City. In 2005 he opened up his own creative boutique in Berkeley, called Assemble where he directed and produced a variety of live action and animation projects for agency clients worldwide. In 2009 he was the Visual Effects Supervisor on the film Warrior and The Wolf. On that film he got to work directly with Director Tian Zhuangzhuang on the high deserts of Mongolia doing camera layouts and 2nd unit directing.


Crunchee

Director

Doritos "Crash the Bowl"


Crickets Would Sing

Director

Film


Cicada Princess

Director

Short Film


Legacy VFX Reel

Cicada Princess Behind The Scenes

Domestos "Germ Emperor"

Director

Agency: Lowe London


Cicada Princess

Director

Short Film


Crickets Would Sing

Director

Film


Crunchee

Director

Doritos "Crash the Bowl"


Domestos "Germ Emperor"

Director

Agency: Lowe London


Cicada Princess Behind The Scenes

Legacy VFX Reel

DEAN
FOSTER

Dean Foster (aka “The Crusher,” aka “Special Ops") is Senior Creative at Swordfish, where his background in traditional visual effects work gives him a unique skillset to tackle our most complex motion design tasks. Foster’s VFX credits include multi-million dollar commercials (GMC and Budweiser Superbowl spots) and blockbuster films for ILM, Pixar, and Sony Imageworks (The Incredibles, Cars, The Perfect Storm, Contact, Star Wars: Episodes I & II). - READ MORE

He later transitioned into the world of motion graphics design, quickly proving himself as an A-list freelance artist at companies like Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, contributing his expertise to projects for Apple, Chevy, Cisco, Sony, and Sprint. Recognized for his technical mastery, quick problem solving, and unique design eye, Swordfish is proud to have “The Crusher” on board as our go-to Creative Lead for our most intensive and demanding projects.


Motion Graphics Reel

Motion Graphics Reel

TONY
SHUMSKAS

A 17+ year veteran who gave up being a motion graphics mercenary to serve as Senior Creative at Swordfish, Tony Shumskas’s client roster rivals his experience. Beginning with developing User-Experience for Sony in Japan, he has broadened his skill set to serve a variety of clients, particularly on numerous advertising campaigns for The Dark Knight, Quantum of Solace, and Wall-e.- READ MORE

Tony quickly transitioned from illustrating to digital design. Since his time with Sony Design, he has worked for DDB, Agency.com and Grey Advertising, with clients like Apple, Nike, Clorox, BMW, and eBay. While he leaves programming to others, his coding chops had helped him tackle the complex shots from SCEA (Playstation)’s PS4 launch, Salesforce’s Dreamforce and Google’s Material Design.


Knack E3 Trailer

Motion Graphics Lead

Agency: SCEA


Killzone Shadow Fall - MP Trailer

Motion Graphics Lead

Agency: SCEA


Motion Graphics 2013 Reel

Motion Graphics 2013 Reel

Killzone Shadow Fall - MP Trailer

Motion Graphics Lead

Agency: SCEA


Knack E3 Trailer

Motion Graphics Lead

Agency: SCEA

SCOTT
KRAVITZ

Over the past fifteen years Scott Kravitz has worked as a lead animator on projects for Disney, DreamWorks, Universal Pictures, and Sony. His memorable stop-motion work on United Airlines "Heart" won an Annie Award for Best Commercial of the year. Most recently Scott directed the animation team for Neill Blomkamp's features, “Elysium” and "Chappie". Swordfish is extremely honored to bring Scott's animation experience to the next stage in his career as part of our directing team. - READ MORE

In addition, Scott's storytelling skills can be heard on the radio, where his written work has been featured on NPR's Snap Judgement, The Moth, and CBC's Wiretap, for which The Onion selected his episode as "Best Podcast of the Week".


Animation Reel

Brisk "Ozzy"

Lead Animator


Brisk "Machete"

Animator


"Loom"

Director + Lead Animator


United Airlines "Heart"

Lead Animator


Animation Reel

Brisk "Ozzy"

Lead Animator


Brisk "Machete"

Animator


"Loom"

Director + Lead Animator


United Airlines "Heart"

Lead Animator

CONTACT

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San Francisco, CA 94108

415-896-1666 tel

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