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Posts from the ‘In the Studio’ Category

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

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

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

21
Dec

The Holiday Blog 2012

 

The end of the year is the best time to celebrate and review another successful year of medical animation productions. This year, to look back and engage in revelry, we hosted a Sushi Sweater Party at Ghost Productions!! Notice, we didn’t call it the “ugly” sweater party, because some of us actually like those sweaters at the back of our closets. Read moreRead more

3
Dec

Movember Completed

In the month of Movember Ghost Productions had 6 people grow a mustache. To learn about Movember you can read the previous post that started it. To finish I will let Jas Bajric, an animator here at Ghost Productions, tell you why he was the instigator in ghOstache.

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“I started doing the festive mustache growing celebration 2 years ago. My closest cousin Anela was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at young and healthy age. After battling through chemotherapy and coming through on top, I decided to show her how proud I was by growing a beautiful mustache. We also shaved our heads together during her chemo but that is a whole other story.

Since then I have been growing my mustache every Movember. I will continue to do this not only for Anela, but for my grandmother Helena, and everyone else in my family that has been affected by this devastating disease.”

 

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