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 Director

Jon Speer - Technical Director

  Kacie Bangle - Production Manager

Kacie Bangle - Production Manager

  Rosy Parra - Client Services

Rosy Parra - Client Services

  Steven Happel - Asst Editor

Steven Happel - Asst Editor

  José A. Rodríguez - Production Coordinator  

José A. Rodríguez - Production Coordinator  

  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.

  Augusto Schillaci - Animation Director   Augusto is passionate. He’s passionate about skateboarding, cars, and photography, but especially about storytelling and animation. For 25 years, Augusto has guided the look and feel of Reel FX’s largest animated projects, including two feature films, “FreeBirds”, and The Golden Globe nominated “The Book of Life.”  Most recently, Augusto has directed high profile animated projects like Best Fiends “Minutia” and “BootCamp” for Seriously, and Chevy Lego Batman for Commonwealth. Currently, Augusto is writing and directing his own short animated project, “La Calesita”, as well as developing a feature animated concept, “The Mischievians.”

Augusto Schillaci - Animation Director
Augusto is passionate. He’s passionate about skateboarding, cars, and photography, but especially about storytelling and animation. For 25 years, Augusto has guided the look and feel of Reel FX’s largest animated projects, including two feature films, “FreeBirds”, and The Golden Globe nominated “The Book of Life.”

Most recently, Augusto has directed high profile animated projects like Best Fiends “Minutia” and “BootCamp” for Seriously, and Chevy Lego Batman for Commonwealth. Currently, Augusto is writing and directing his own short animated project, “La Calesita”, as well as developing a feature animated concept, “The Mischievians.”

  Marvin Robinson - Assoc Executive Producer

Marvin Robinson - Assoc Executive Producer

  Patton Tunstall - CG Supervisor

Patton Tunstall - 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

  Jim Riche - Executive Producer  Jim knows what’s what. As Executive Producer and Head of Production, he brings 30 years of creative, production, and business experience to ATK PLN. Before joining us, he worked with Blur Studio to establish production workflow for projects ranging from Deadpool to BMW Mini ads, as well as filling the roles of EP at Ntropic and EP/Head of Production at Digital Domain.  He was a founding member of Broadcast Arts, the highly innovative New York animation and visual effects shop responsible for “PeeWee’s Playhouse.” Jim’s unique, and robust blend of technical knowledge, production experience, and business acumen create the foundation for ATK PLN.

Jim Riche - Executive Producer
Jim knows what’s what. As Executive Producer and Head of Production, he brings 30 years of creative, production, and business experience to ATK PLN. Before joining us, he worked with Blur Studio to establish production workflow for projects ranging from Deadpool to BMW Mini ads, as well as filling the roles of EP at Ntropic and EP/Head of Production at Digital Domain.

He was a founding member of Broadcast Arts, the highly innovative New York animation and visual effects shop responsible for “PeeWee’s Playhouse.” Jim’s unique, and robust blend of technical knowledge, production experience, and business acumen create the foundation for ATK PLN.

  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

  Julia Gibson - Production Manager

Julia Gibson - Production 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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