The real magic is the People behind the work.

With a focus on the convergence of design, animation, and live action, ATK PLN is an agile, adaptive, strategic creative studio with an eye to the future.
Coupled with the ability to seamlessly implement ideas across many platforms, ATK PLN crafts striking visual stories for screens of all shapes and sizes.

Jose Sebastian Gomez - Executive Creative Director & Director  As an Emmy awarding winner director Jose’s career started on the mean streets of Miami. His love of skateboarding, street culture, and fine art inspires his multi-disciplinary approach to film-making. Whether it be live action, animation, or design, Jose’s particular gift is bringing it all together, blurring the lines of fantasy and reality, at the highest level of quality.  As a teenager, Jose created a skate brand, which he sold to K2 where he went on to launch and manage brands. He then co-founded Shilo, one of the leading design-based motion studios in the nation. Now as our Executive Creative Director, Jose often directs live action, and touches each project that is lovingly crafted by our studio.

Jose Sebastian Gomez - Executive Creative Director & Director
As an Emmy awarding winner director Jose’s career started on the mean streets of Miami. His love of skateboarding, street culture, and fine art inspires his multi-disciplinary approach to film-making. Whether it be live action, animation, or design, Jose’s particular gift is bringing it all together, blurring the lines of fantasy and reality, at the highest level of quality.

As a teenager, Jose created a skate brand, which he sold to K2 where he went on to launch and manage brands. He then co-founded Shilo, one of the leading design-based motion studios in the nation. Now as our Executive Creative Director, Jose often directs live action, and touches each project that is lovingly crafted by our studio.

Barrett Lewis - Creative Director  Barrett is an exceptionally knowledgeable Creative Director, with the very unique addition of being a composer. Since he arrived in 2001, Barrett has gained a breadth of knowledge in animation, compositing, FX, design, VFX supervision, and Art Direction that he now brings to bear as a Creative Director focused on design and animation.   Most recently, Barrett creative directed “SMB” and “Enterprise” for Hearts & BBDO, as part of the AT&T Flexware campaign. He also directed and composed the award-winning “Shine” for i.d.e.a. and Father Joe’s Villages, as well as composing the music for Flight School’s ground-breaking, and award-winning, interactive VR piece, “Manifest 99.”

Barrett Lewis - Creative Director
Barrett is an exceptionally knowledgeable Creative Director, with the very unique addition of being a composer. Since he arrived in 2001, Barrett has gained a breadth of knowledge in animation, compositing, FX, design, VFX supervision, and Art Direction that he now brings to bear as a Creative Director focused on design and animation.

Most recently, Barrett creative directed “SMB” and “Enterprise” for Hearts & BBDO, as part of the AT&T Flexware campaign. He also directed and composed the award-winning “Shine” for i.d.e.a. and Father Joe’s Villages, as well as composing the music for Flight School’s ground-breaking, and award-winning, interactive VR piece, “Manifest 99.”

Jon Speer - Technical Supervisor

Jon Speer - Technical Supervisor

Kacie Bangle - Producer

Kacie Bangle - Producer

Rosy Parra - Client Services

Rosy Parra - Client Services

Steven Happel - Asst Editor

Steven Happel - Asst Editor

Lyn Caudle - Lead Light/Comp

Lyn Caudle - Lead Light/Comp

David Bates - Managing Director  David likes whiteboards. As Managing Director, he brings over 20 years of experience in creative direction, brand strategy, and studio building. Starting as a designer at FOSSIL, he spent nearly a decade there in multiple roles, including development of International Brand Standards, and leading the creative vision of in-store experience for stores worldwide.  Joining Reel FX, he evolved to become Head of Commercial Production, and then from there moved to a strategic leadership role at Bedrock Manufacturing, working on the launch, re-launch, and management of brands such as Shinola, Filson, and Kid Made Modern.  Now, with this uniquely diverse range of experience, David often stands at the whiteboard charting out the future for ATK PLN.

David Bates - Managing Director
David likes whiteboards. As Managing Director, he brings over 20 years of experience in creative direction, brand strategy, and studio building. Starting as a designer at FOSSIL, he spent nearly a decade there in multiple roles, including development of International Brand Standards, and leading the creative vision of in-store experience for stores worldwide.

Joining Reel FX, he evolved to become Head of Commercial Production, and then from there moved to a strategic leadership role at Bedrock Manufacturing, working on the launch, re-launch, and management of brands such as Shinola, Filson, and Kid Made Modern.

Now, with this uniquely diverse range of experience, David often stands at the whiteboard charting out the future for ATK PLN.

Patton Tunstall - CG Supervisor

Patton Tunstall - CG Supervisor

Marvin Robinson - Assoc Executive Producer

Marvin Robinson - Assoc Executive Producer

Jeff Masters- Assoc. CG Supervisor

Jeff Masters- Assoc. CG Supervisor

Jackson Armstrong - AD/Motion Designer

Jackson Armstrong - AD/Motion Designer

Frank Pittenger - Audio Engineer

Frank Pittenger - Audio Engineer

Shannon Thomas - Light/Comp

Shannon Thomas - Light/Comp

Mike Roy - Flame Artist

Mike Roy - Flame Artist

Sam Daniel - Senior Producer

Sam Daniel - Senior Producer

Justin Skerpan - Producer

Justin Skerpan - Producer

Chris Collins - Editor

Chris Collins - Editor

Chad Moseley - AD/Motion Designer

Chad Moseley - AD/Motion Designer

Rachel Bradley - Production Operations Manager

Rachel Bradley - Production Operations Manager

Frank Salazar - Director of Media Engineering

Frank Salazar - Director of Media Engineering

Laychin Lee - Flame Artist

Laychin Lee - Flame Artist


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