This episode of the Animation Industry Podcast features David Braun, Creative Director at Open the Portal, a stop motion studio in LA. David shares the journey it took to create the studio from scratch, while also developing and pitching an original series idea to major networks.
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David Braun is the Creative Director of Open The Portal, a creative development studio with a focus on stop motion animation. The studio recently directed two new TV spots for Rick & Morty, and have also produced projects for Disney, Katy Perry, Mattel, eBay, and many others. After 5 years of creating professional work for outside clients, Open The Portal has shifted focus this year exclusively to their own original concepts, and have a pitch for an animated anthology that they are taking out to studios and streaming services this summer.
David started animating with his family's home movie camera when he was nine years old and hasn't stopped since. After high school he spent several years pursuing a career in music with his band Great Glass Elevator who were signed to Atlantic Records. Through the process of making original stop motion videos for them, he decided to make animation his career. David then attended the Experimental Animation program at CalArts from 2009-2013, and also studied for a year at FAMU in Prague. He won a contest through MTV as a student to interview Tim Burton, and has also worked on several animated commercials and TV shows. As the creative director at Open The Portal he loves nothing more than bringing animators and artists he loves and looks up to together to create new and exciting animated projects.