The cloud-based creative studio brings on Clairellen Wallin to support client/artist relationships and Mike Pullan to handle day to day project management and planning.
Cloud-based creative and technology studio Preymaker has added Clairellen Wallin and Mike Pullan to its production team. The announcement was made by the company’s Chief Creative, Angus Kneale. Both Wallin and Pullan are New York-based.
“Clairellen and Mike bring fantastic experience to our production team at Preymaker, with the creative sensibility to match,” said Kneale. “They have far-reaching relationships with clients and artists and are well-versed with emerging technology making them a perfect fit for the company. Their collective strengths are helping us to grow and strengthen our production team at Preymaker.”
A senior executive producer, Wallin brings 15+ years of experience working with award-winning agencies and directors, including rising the VFX ranks at The Mill and MPC. She has led teams with directors, including MJZ’s Matthijs van Heijningen on Monster.com’s Opportunity Roars, O Positive’s David Shane on The Atlantic x HBO Typecast, and Jim Jenkins on Bud Light’s Dilly Dilly campaign. She also worked with Droga5 and Wieden+Kennedy New York on the 2019 Super CLIO winner Joust for HBO Game of Thrones and Bud Light. In 2021, Wallin led VFX teams on seven Super Bowl spots. At Preymaker, she facilitates directors’ relationships with the creative team, continues her role as a client resource, and is responsible for ensuring projects run smoothly.
“I joined Preymaker because it’s important to me that I'm working on top-tier VFX work at a company that puts creative and high standards first,” noted Wallin. “I also respect that Preymaker is tech-forward. With Angus as the creative leader, I wouldn't expect anything less. Mel and Verity are the OG’s, my mentors. I learned so much from them over the years, and it’s a breath of fresh air to be back by their sides.”
Pullan has held senior producer and senior VFX producer roles in Chicago and New York, most recently at LVLY Studios and Leviathan and with The Mill Chicago. He’s delivered campaigns for Samsung, T-Mobile, Maybelline, Xfinity, Mike’s Hard, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He brings versatility, having produced commercials, experientials, and short films, in AR, VR, Unreal Engine, and TouchDesigner, and with teams using Flame and Houdini. On the production team at Preymaker, Pullan describes his role as “managing the day-to-day on current projects, planning for the next one, and making sure the last one is in a good place so we can do it all again!”
Pullan shared, “I’ve worked with quite a few members of the team at Preymaker previously, so when this opportunity came up, I couldn’t say yes quickly enough!”
“Clairellen and Mike bring a depth of experience working with a wide breadth of brands, agencies, directors, and artists,” said Preymaker Co-founder Melanie Wickham. “We’ve worked closely together over the years and enjoy a shorthand and trust that allows us to be creative and efficient on productions of all scopes. Having the opportunity to be working together again at Preymaker is very exciting!”
“Both Clairellen and Mike are generous in sharing their knowledge and empowering teams to be resourceful and creatively driven makers,” added Verity Grantham, Preymaker Co-founder. “They are assets for our clients, able to put the building blocks in place for each project and optimize them to deliver the best creative solutions. Just as important, their collaborative nature and enthusiasm are contagious.”
Speaking of the studio’s cloud-based work model, Pullen said, “Preymaker has some incredibly smart, talented people working all over the globe, and the cloud allows everyone to work together effortlessly. Frankly, it makes my job easier.”
Wallin added, “Using cloud-based rendering is better for the environment, and pushing to use the newest technology or creating pipelines caveated towards specific projects’ needs will always keep us one step ahead.”
Preymaker works in linear content, interactive, immersive media, and Metaverse. Additional content includes commercials, branded entertainment, and original short films. Preymaker’s recent work includes The Rings of Power: See Where It Take You promo for Kathryn Bigelow and Sanofi-Aventis’ Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, featuring a stealthy wolf dressed as a sheep as a metaphor for underestimating the flu.