Boutique Canadian animation studio Global Mechanic celebrates its 20th anniversary in March 2020, while looking towards the future. After making advertising for clients like BMW, Mattel, and Coca Cola as well as collaborating with PBS, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Netflix on television series over the last two decades, this week’s launch of Global Mechanic’s new website promotes the company’s enormous creative range in advertising, TV series, features, short films, interactivity and installations, all with gorgeous design at center stage.
Global Mechanic is well known for its daring approach of hybridization and flirting with experimental techniques. It’s a studio culture of invention and collaboration, where change is expected and even welcome. It is also one of the few creative studios in North America working in a multi-disciplinary environment (commercials, TV series, feature film, app development, theater and installation projects).
“In order to survive in any business, let alone for 20 years, you have to stay nimble. The studio has always been known for its experimental animation but over the last 10 years we’ve expanded our focus to reflect the changing landscape of entertainment,” noted Buce Alcock, Co-owner and Creative Director. “Adding coding, UX design and pipeline innovation to our core skill-set has allowed Global Mechanic to maintain its reputation as a progressive design studio.”
CEO Tina Ouellette added, “It’s now time we apply our decades of experience and make our own original content the priority. It’s crucial that we build on recent successes like the PBS interactive digital series Scribbles & Ink.”
Having attended the recent Kidscreen Summit in Miami, Ouellette is confident the Vancouver-based studio is on the right track: “We’ve been making innovative content that beautifully transcends the web and TV for many years. As the lines blur between traditional storytelling and interactive content Global Mechanic’s deep understanding of both worlds allows us to bring an unprecedented level of expertise to any project.”