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Posts from the ‘In the Studio’ Category

28
Mar
Image of hanging furniture in waiting room

Unconventionally Comfortable Waiting Room with Suspended Furniture

How we made our office entryway attractive, fun, and comfortable while also creating a relaxing lounge for team members and clients for around $500.

Now that we’ve completed our move into our new studio space, we can focus on updating and outfitting our new office with our own Ghost Productions sense of style. Because our entry way is the first thing that our visitors will see we, decided to start there and make our waiting room a creative space. As with any office update it is important to begin by determining, needs, realizing assets, and setting a budget.

Because we are Ghost and because we desire function and fun over convention, we decided to do away with the standard waiting room chairs and opted for something much cooler. It just so happens that a local company produces these incredibly comfortable and durable hovering chairs in a variety of colors. Check them out at skychairs.com. So we bought a variety of colors and hung them from the beams we made a few days earlier.

skychair_beam IMG_3393Staff in chairs

Shopping List:

Picture of everything needed to make the sky chair project

Sky Chairs in assorted colors: $90 x (4) = $360

> 3000 lbs. Rated Carabiner or Quick Link: $4 x (6) = $24

> 3000 lbs. Static Climbing Rope:  $40

Framing Lumber 2″x 6″ x 10′ : $8 x (6) = $48

10″ Timber Screws: $15 for 12 pack = $15

(1) 1 Qt Wood Stain: $10

(1) Antique Oil Finish:  $11

28
Mar
the woodstain is on fire and can be seen darkening woodgrain

Turning Inexpensive Wood into Art

Staining wood with fire to make cheap construction pine look more like antique reclaimed wood for pennies on the dollar.

Our new studio is coming along and we’re changing gears from moving and organizing into full on construction. This week we’re going to be building some beams for a few of the building projects and we’ll show you how to do it.

Step 1. Buy cheap framing pine boards in the needed dimensions.

photo of cheap framing pine wood

Step 2. Lightly sand and apply pre-stain.

Minwax Pre-Stain

Step 3. Apply generous amount of wood stain.

applying wood stain in thick coats

Step 4. Use a torch to start stain on fire and burn into wood.

A propane torch is used to start the wood stain on fire  the woodstain is on fire and can be seen darkening wood grain the wood stain is on fire and burning into board

Step 5. Add additional details and shading to woodgrain using propane torch. using a torch to burn woodgrain into board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6. Seal wood with antique wood finish.

Comparison of glossy finished wood to unfinished

Join us in the next installment where we mount these beams to the ceiling to make the coolest waiting room ever with hanging furniture.

How to use fire to stain inexpensive cheap construction pine look more like antique reclaimed wood the cheap and easy way.

 

11
Feb

Restaurant Picks by Ghost Productions Medical Director | Nix Pix

Nix Pix: Ghost Productions’ Medical Director’s Favorite Restaurant Picks:

 

I’m not just the Medical Content Director at Ghost I’m also a guy that likes to experience new tastes and share that happiness with my friends at Ghost. A few months back I started a list of some of my favorite restaurant picks to eat and what I liked about them for some new peeps at Ghost. Here’s that list of places to go around the Twin Cities: I’ve got more to add but it’s a start: Read moreRead more

25
Mar

Medical Marketing and Surgical Training Undergoes Massive Improvements in 2014

3D medical animation has grown from being an extravagance, to a convenience, to an absolute necessity for explaining surgical procedures and pharmaceutical products. When Ghost Productions produced its very first medical animation in 1994, the experience felt a bit like what Tesla must have experienced at the Chicago World’s Fair. Almost nobody had ever seen electric lighting, much less in such a massive display back in 1893, and in 1994, 3D animation had so far been presented only as an experimental medium in some very expensive advertising campaigns.

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7
Jan
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Looking Back on Medical Animation in 2013

In Retrospect: To recap with extreme brevity, 2013 was all about refining our methods and improving our efficiency and quality. We invested heavily in training our front-end staff and radically modifying our sales and project management processes. I completed an intense sales training course that not only helped me better understand the goals of our clients but also helped me to ensure that those goals were accomplished in the final product. Shortly thereafter, Laura, our Project Manager and I enrolled in a training course at the American Management Association that taught us everything we needed to know about managing multiple projects. Though I’d received more than adequate training in project management in university, I knew very little about conquering the exponentially increasing challenges of managing multiple, simultaneous projects and clients. Read moreRead more

28
Oct

Rock Climbing with Ghost Productions

After finishing 25 client projects for NASS 2013, we took a day off. We treated our hardworking staff to lunch at the Happy Gnome and then went with everyone brave enough rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors. Something that you should know about the medical animation studios owners,  all three are avid climbing enthusiasts. Stephan’s climbed Elephant’s Perch, City of Rocks, and all over Joshua Tree. Jayson spent 3 years as an Adventure Course Director at Astrocamp in San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild CA. There he built team building and individual challenge courses and turned a coulter pine tree into a 70 foot rappel tower. Nic’s been climbing since ’97 and climbed some of the most challenging rock faces all over Taylor’s Falls. Today, the owners of Ghost Productions shared their love of the sport with the bravest employees at Ghost and hope to have inspired a shared love for the activity that will spread throughout the company.

10
Sep

Ghost Productions is hiring: Maya 3D Riggers

Job Description: 3D Rigger/Maya – Knowledge of MEL Scripting is a +Image

Join the company that created “Heal,” the character animation that proved that story-based medical animations are not only possible but extremely powerful. The result is that we’re getting so inundated with work that we need to hire more talented 3D animators to help us make them. If you love animating characters and are interested in medicine and human anatomy, then you will find this job exciting and rewarding. Read moreRead more

26
Aug

How to Run an Effective Animation Studio (or any business for that matter)

I wrote this article way back in 2004 and recently stumbled across it again, probably when Googling my own name. My values and views on running a successful studio have changed very little in the past 10 years and I suspect that it is these core values that will make it likely for us to remain successful for another 10 years. Read moreRead more

20
Aug
Stephan discusses some of the ways Ghost Productions  provides a better working environment for its employees.

What makes a workplace a great place to work?

When Ghost Productions began as an experimental animation studio, we functioned more like a clubhouse than we did a company. This made for a really fun yet sometimes crazy working experience that had few policies. We attracted extremely talented artists and animators who were  attracted to the loose and de-corporatized environment we offered. It was this talent that was largely responsible for our success. We had suffered plenty during our startup phase and it was our achievement of success that finally made me realize I had a responsibility to the company, to our clients, and to our employees to ensure that Ghost became a more responsible company. Read moreRead more

22
Apr

Captain Multitask

Ghost Productions uses treadmill desks

Stephan walks several miles every day while getting his work done thanks to his treadmill desk.

 

Stephan Kuslich is the founder and CEO of Ghost Productions Inc., a medical animation studio that produces absolutely breathtaking movies for large medical and pharmaceutical companies and educational television networks. Stephan, like many entrepreneurs of his time, plays a role in nearly everything the company does. He’s one part strategic marketer, sales person, project manager, animation director, script writer, IT guru, and when the company requires it, he’s also likely to hunker down and produce motion graphics, music, and sound effects for client projects. So how does he focus on the many facets of his job without completely losing his marbles while still finding time for his family, friends, and an out of control wakeboard habit? Read on and learn the tools and tricks to maximize effective multitasking.  Read moreRead more