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Osmond 50th Tour

Donny Osmond asked us to create a visual show for the Osmond family 50th Anniversary tour for his song Yoyo. We created an animated factory that constructs yoyos and many other animations. We also brought in professional yoyo champions from around the country to be filmed and perform for the visual presentation. The final result is being shown on three large screens behind the singers as they perform around the world and Donny has said that it is a highlight of their...

Harper Collins Children

The popular publishing company, HarperCollins Children, has contracted with us to create a new website for Neil Gaiman’s property The Mouse Circus. We have also been asked to create a cinematic trailer for Gaiman’s upcoming children’s book called The Graveyard. The website is now live...

Electronic Arts Flash Games

Sandman was contracted by EA Salt Lake to create online mini-games that will advertise some of their upcoming Wii, Playstation and DS games. In the contract we have been asked to create fun, interactive online games for popular board games and Hasbro toys such as Monopoly, Littlest Pet Shop, Nerf, and a wonderful concept called Family Game Night which will showcase several games to bring the family together on the...

Sandman Studios contributes to ‘Witch Mountain’

Sandman Studios contributes to ‘Witch Mountain’   It’s in the details: Utah’s Sandman Studios contributes to ‘Witch Mountain’ By Sean P. Means The Salt Lake Tribune Updated: 03/12/2009 03:20:37 PM MDT http://www.sltrib.com/ci_11897801?IADID=Search-www.sltrib.com-www.sltrib.com By the time you swallow your first handful of popcorn during “Race to Witch Mountain,” you already will have seen the handiwork of Pleasant Grove special-effects firm Sandman Studios. “They open the movies with our work,” said Stephen Sobisky, Sandman’s CEO and visual-effects supervisor. The first scene of the Disney adventure movie opens in a NORAD control room, where the flight of an incoming UFO is being tracked. The images on the NORAD screens were produced and animated by Sandman. Sandman received about a month’s notice to produce the “motion graphics” that appear on video screens and monitors within the film. In addition to the NORAD scenes, Sandman created the computer-screen images read by a UFO conspiracy expert, played by Garry Marshall. Then Sandman’s team, led by Sobisky and lead animation artist Christian Perry, had a month and a half to produce 60 shots. When it was all finished, Sobisky said, they had to tweak it to make it look a little less authentic. “The NORAD people said it looks better than their stuff,” he said. Sandman was founded in 2002 and has been making animation and visual effects for major Hollywood productions — such as animation for the much-loved, but short-lived ABC series “Pushing Daisies” — since 2007, said company president Lee Baker. Sandman landed the “Witch Mountain” gig after impressing Disney and director Andy Fickman with its work on “The Game Plan.” For that movie,...

Theater: ‘Petalbump’ finds Air Supply singer and songwriter in a plant costume

By David Burger The Salt Lake TribuneArticle Last Updated: 10/05/2008 12:11:08 PM MDTAt this point in his career, Air Supply singer-songwriter Graham Russell has been reduced to playing a plant in a children’s musical in Salt Lake City. But he says he couldn’t be happier.Russell, one-half of the famed soft-rock duo, will wear a plant suit during the five-night world premiere of a children’s musical, “Petalbump,” which he wrote and composed. The 90-minute, one-act show will run Oct. 27-31.“It really has been his dream project,” said friend and illustrator David Habben, who early on worked with Russell and his wife, Jodi, on the project.“I love the medium,” said Russell, a Park City resident since 1994. “I love theater. I always wanted to write a major theatrical piece.”After the world premiere in Salt Lake City, Graham and Jodi Russell hope to stage other productions of it elsewhere. Plans are also under way to turn the story into a children’s book and an animated film, with the help of Pleasant Grove’s Sandman Studios.“We have always seen the first production at the Rose Wagner as a stepping stone to having multiple shows worldwide,” Jodi Russell said.The story of a woman’s relationship with Petalbump, a fairy, first came to Jodi through several dreams more than a decade ago. “I became interested in everything ‘fairy,’ ² Jodi said, but it was Graham who came up with the idea to write a children’s ballet.Since Air Supply still records and tours, Graham and the group’s pianist, Jed Moss, began collaborating on the ballet, which took about a decade to finish, while working intermittently. Eventually the musical...

Air Supply and Sandman Studios Partnership

PRESS RELEASEFamed 80’s hitmaking duo Air Supply’s production company A Nice Pear has entered into a development and production partnership with Sandman Studios (www.sandmanstudios.com), a visual effects, animation and film production company.The partnership is in development on a book called “Petalbump,” which is a fairy tale written by Graham Russell of Air Supply (www.airsupplymusic.com) and has been adapted into a stage musical and dance production that will open in Salt Lake City at the Rose Wagner Theatre on October 27th, 2008 for 5 nights.The book “Petalbump” will be released to the public through the Lundon’s Bridge School Fundraising Franchise distribution system (www.lundonsbridge.com) along with “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys” book number one in a series of five books that are being produced as feature films by Sandman Studios and C-It Entertainment Group. Fifty percent of the gross revenue of book sales of “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys” and “Petalbump” in the United States will be given to schools within the U.S.Also in development is the upcoming stage musical “Lost in Love” written by Melissa Bell. “Lost in Love” is set in late nineteenth century Europe and America and has a “Sense and Sensibility” and “Pride and Prejudice” atmosphere. The love story is filled with the power and emotion of all of Air Supply’s hit songs as well as several new songs from Graham Russell. Lee Baker is to write the screen versions of “Lost in Love” and “Petalbump” and the partnership is set to produce the feature films.Nearly 30 years after Air Supply first charmed the world with their ultra-romantic hit parade (“All Out Of Love,” “Lost...

Radical Publishing and Sandman Studios Announce the Launch of Radical Comics’ Website

Radical Publishing and Sandman Studios Announce the Launch of Radical Comics’ WebsitePosted: Friday, September 19, 2008Posted By: Kevin PowersRadical Publishing, in conjunction with Sandman Studios has created a state of the art website for industry professionals and fans alike. Led by CEO Stephen Sobisky, and his design team at Sandman Studios, www.radicalcomics.com offers visitors unprecedented interactivity and ongoing content.“This project has been a pleasure for our team to work on. Being able to express our creative ideas and put those ideas together with amazing artwork made this project bigger than either company was able to imagine. Sandman will continue to provide new phases to this website and other innovative elements that help bring awareness to the Radical Publishing brand.” states Sobisky.Featured elements of the website include animated menus, content from the Radical Publishing library, links to the Radical Publishing blog and access to the Online Radical Merchandise store offering copies of all available Radical books and Radical apparel.Also exclusively developed by Sandman Studios for the website are animated trailers for CALIBER: FIRST CANON OF JUSTICE, FREEDOM FORMULA: GHOST OF THE WASTELAND and Yoshitako Amano’s MATEKI: THE MAGIC FLUTE, combining music, sound design and art from the books. These comic-trailers further expand the Radical Publishing experience through multimedia entertainment. Also a CITY OF DUST: A PHILIP KHROME STORY trailer will be posted within the next week.“The goal of our site is to create an online home for Radical Publishing that matches the strength and distinct stylization of our titles,” states Barry Levine, President and Publisher of Radical Publishing. “The incredible talent and vision of Sandman Studios sets a presentation standard not only for...

Publisher Spotlight: Radical Comics

July 29th, 2008http://news.septagonstudios.com/?p=238In 2008 a new comic book publishing company burst into the direct market. Now six months later Radical Comics continues to grow and flourish.Founded by Barry Levine, David Elliott, Jesse Berger, and Matthew Berger, Radical Comics has shown great potential by not saturating the market and by making an impact with each new release. Radical Comics has demonstrated that it’s not the typical comic book publishing company in producing lackluster titles. In fact each title that Radical Comics has fashioned has quality in print, story, and art.Future Titles Include: City of Dust (written by Steve Niles)The year is 2166. Since the 20th century the entire world has collapsed. Records show the Earth we know was consumed by religious wars and rebuilt from the ruins of the old world right on top of their prior foundations into a dark global metropolis. There is no religion. It was made illegal for everybody’s safety as were Fairy Tales, Science Fiction, Horror or anything else from the imagination. This is the real world and the powers that be intend to keep it that way.Aladdin is the story of a young man whose dreams of traveling the world become a reality and he soon realizes he should be more careful what he wishes for. After his father is murdered by the dark magician Maugrah, Aladdin is tricked into opening a secret cave to find a magic lamp. Soon realizing he was fooled he quickly discovers how to use the magic lamp for his own means. But the magician is not going to give up easily and steals not only the lamp but...

Pushing Daisies

Sandman Studios was chosen to be the visual effects company for the introduction of ABC’s Pushing Daisies. Taking on this opportunity was no small task. The producers of Pushing Daisies pushed the envelope for visual effects in a television production. Each of the shows had over 150 visual effects shots and required hundreds of man hours to complete. Before the series went into full production Sandman created the series assets for the show which included a digital reconstruction of the New York street set on the Warner Brothers lot. The digital set was created to change the existing street buildings into the unique look and feel characteristic of the show. The artists at Sandman built the central location of the show, The Pie Hole, into the main corner of the street giving the location the feel of being the center of the entire city. Sandman’s Visual Effects Supervisors worked on set in Los Angeles supervising the visual effects shots in order to ensure the highest quality of work and to provide footage that allowed the artists at Sandman to effectively match the time schedules and constraints of this production.This show revolves around a man gifted with the ability to bring the dead back to life with a touch. His wonderful gift also has severe drawbacks and consequences. One of the great aspects of his gift is that it provides for wonderful visual effects which Sandman was able to spark into...