MOONDOG Animation Studio is a seasoned squad of adventurers based out of Mount Pleasant, SC in the Charleston, SC area. From here, we’re tackling the major motion animated film market head-on.
Full-length animated feature films
Virtual reality films
Animated architectural visualizations
Commercial and marketing campaigns
But no matter the subject matter, our mission is always to deliver engaging stories, with compelling characters, rendered with the utmost expertise and quality.
Meet the Execs
Bryan is always running 100 mph as our CEO. He’s developed over 15 different TV series and feature length films. Born and raised right here in the Carolina’s, he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from NC State University. He uses all his strengths in his role with the mind of an Engineer and the heart of an Artist. His all time favorite animated film is The Incredibles with his most recent favorite being Big Hero 6. Catch Bryan if you can here: @nvrtoofast
JM KhayatCOO / Studio Director
At age 5, JM knew he was going to grow up to work in animation. He’s fulfilled his childhood dream for 28 years. He has built, led, and directed for four studios in France. His most successful projects have included work for France Television, Nickelodeon, Canal+, and Eurosport. JM’s all time favorite animated film is Aladdin. His most recent favorite is How to Train your Dragon 2. Catch JM on Twitter here: @Jmkhayat
Ben DavisCTO / Technology Strategist
Ben lives at the razor’s edge, the balance of Art and Tech; which can be very dangerous at times. He started his art career at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, then polished his craft with a BFA from Ecole Supérieure d’Art in Annecy, France. With plenty of experience in animation studios working for France Télévision, Nickelodeon & Canal+; his 16 years of experience in the field has expanded his expertise into Virtual Reality as well. Ben’s favorite classic animated film is The Sword and the Stone. His most recent favorite is Wreck it Ralph. You can find Ben on Twitter here: @BCliffordDavis
Tom SwansonExecutive Producer
Tom is one of the leading funding and sponsorship specialists in the country. In 2005 he executive produced his first full-length feature film, Come Away Home, which won the Best Motion Picture Drama award at the International Family Film Festival. With several films to his credit, as well as one of the most lucrative independently produced animated film returns, Tom is a fierce force for momentum. He has also created some of the largest integrated marketing / sponsorship campaigns for many Fortune 500 companies.
Kelly FowlerExecutive Synergizer
Kelly fills the role of Executive Synergizer “The Glue” for Moondog Animation Studio. She studied at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated from Bellevue University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Kelly previously served as CMO of a local Charleston-based company for 10 years. Her favorite animated film of all time is Cinderella, but a more recent favorite is Zootopia. Catch up with Kelly on Twitter here: @kellyffowler
Stop anyone on the street and they’ll be able to rattle off their favorite animated films. Which is why we consider ourselves so lucky to be able to work on them. Feature-length productions are gargantuan undertakings that tap every last bit of our collective experience. The technical challenges and late night work sessions push us to the limit. But don’t let that fool you, we love it with a passion.
Is a sports car any less complicated or valuable than a city bus, just because it’s smaller? Nope. Some stories just demand a shorter format. When we tackle a short film, it goes through the same development process the feature films do. We agonize over every second of screen-time, and we sweat the details just as much. Sometimes more, because there are fewer seconds to waste.
Commercial / marketing campaigns: Bringing in the Big Bucks
We should clarify, these projects bring in the big bucks for our clients. But we’ve worked with clients big and small, with budgets of all sizes. Tell us what you need. It’ll be our job to blow your expectations without blowing the budget.
If you’ve heard about virtual reality, but haven’t seen it, you’re in for a surprise. It’s quite the experience. We’re excited to be one of the studios helping to create the methods and technologies driving this new visual platform. And for our clients, it’s an opportunity to deliver mega-sized stories, around the world, at the speed of light.
Animated Architectural Visualizations: The Next Next Big Thing
While some VR companies are focusing on hyper-realism, we’re using our years of animation experience to make sure what the viewer experiences is the best representation of the architect’s vision. And why does a blueprint need virtual reality? To reduce costly changes, help sell through concepts, and really bring your ideas to life.
Great Opportunities in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina! Yes, really.
Tired of being another cog in the Production wheel? Willing to accept challenges, think, and work outside the box? Does the thought of creatively bringing a story to life get your heart racing?
Moondog Animation is a New Feature Film Production Studio based in South Carolina. We’re looking to fill many different positions now; check out the Open Positions page for the current needs. If you’re looking for an opportunity to expand your artistic and technical horizons send us your cover letter with salary history, resumé, and link to a reel and breakdown using the form at the end of the page.
We are currently recruiting energetic talent for our first feature length film. While we’re not at liberty to show clips online, we can assure you it will be beautiful, funny and innovative.
We will post positions soon for multiple in-house projects at different production stages.
Great Work Environment
Don’t be fooled! Yes you’ll work in a casual, creative, team-oriented and positive environment but we will make no compromise on the quality of our project. This is our promise to you: You WILL be constantly challenged to be at the top of your game!
You will have the opportunity to join a team of world class Animation and VFX professionals working to build a Digital Animation Studio from the ground up. This is your chance to make a difference!
Career Growth Opportunities
First come, first served! If you show us that we cannot live without you, then we’ll do everything we can to keep you happy and willing to stay forever (forever… forever…..)
We’ll even open new opportunities, for you to show off even more!
Great Place to Live
MOONDOG partners with one of the best Real Estate companies in the Charleston area. They will bend over backwards to assist you in finding your nest in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Just ask them.
Charleston and Mount Pleasant Will Provide You With:
Low cost of living
Beautiful sand! (and beaches!!)
A mix of culture, history and fun activities
Numerous housing options in a wide open and dynamic housing market, where beautiful and spacious properties can be purchased at great prices