Handcranked, otherwise known as the veteran animation director team of Bryan Papciak and Jeff Sias, will join Global Mechanic to be represented for commercial production worldwide, it was announced by Global Mechanic exec producer Matthew Charde. Global Mechanic produces commercials, television series and films in all media, working with directors internationally and studios on both coasts of North America.
Handcranked is known for rich, textured design that blends mixed-media techniques like stop-motion, treated live action, miniatures, compositing and experimental filmmaking. Clients include SESAME STREET, QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY, Samsung, HBO, NBC, ESPN, The Sundance Channel and the Truth Campaign.
Papciak & Sias first worked together at Olive Jar Studios in Boston, directing for clients, like the Cartoon Network, Samsung, NBC and 7-11. In addition to their commercial and short film work, Papciak & Sias are making a feature documentary entitled, AMERICAN RUINS.
Bruce Alcock, Global Mechanic's founder/cd said he is, "thrilled with the addition of these two guys. Handcranked now completely rounds out our animation roster. They are two of the best stop-motion and mixed media animators working today. Add their directing talents and experience in long-format production to the team we have in place and there is no project that we cannot tackle." Handcranked joins the group that includes Alcock, Dirk Van de Vondel, Marv Newland, Nathaniel Akin, Dan Sousa and Rich Ferguson-Hull.
Global Mechanic's recent commercial work includes a mixed media campaign for The Globe and Mail with Naked Creative, a major stop-motion campaign for Cossette, a package of drawn animation spots for DDB and a continuing campaign for Kellogg's with Leo Burnett. Recent TV series work includes the second season of FETCH! WITH RUFF RUFFMAN for WGBH and PBS Kids and ALL TERRAIN BRAIN for Three Chicks Media. Global Mechanic's latest films are Alcock's AT THE QUINTE HOTEL and Sousa's FABLE. Both continue to compete at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Toronto, Chicago, Ottawa, San Francisco and Annecy. QUINTE won best Canadian animated short in Ottawa and the Golden Gate award in San Francisco.
Global Mechanic (www.globalmechanic.com) is a design-based animation and live-action production company in Boston and Vancouver. Commercial clients include Anheuser-Busch, Bell, Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Mattel, BMW's MINI, Unilever, Hershey, Kraft, Mattel, Nestle_ and Target. Film projects include award-winning shorts and features in all genres.