Design, Animation & Video for Brands & Business

Deep Sky's been crafting visual awesomeness for over 12 years. From local to Hollywood to all around the world, we work with IPs both big and small. Our large focus has been combing animation with live action (video) and producing ultra-realistic 3D renderings for brand products.

 

We're known to jump in and collaborate on a new or existing campaigns, join forces with agencies, and offer full-service production. From script, design, filming, and post production we produce national commercials, explainers, branded docs, social media content, and 3D product renderings for catalogues.

 

If you’re looking for the best, we might be for you. We’re passionate about what we do and we love collaborating with good people. If you need a creative partner who makes you smile, give us a call, let’s make magic together.

 
$10,000+
 
Undisclosed
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2006
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Portland, OR
headquarters
  • 317 SW Alder St, Ste 1200
    Portland, OR 97204
    United States
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Giro, D'Addario, AWS, Bleacher Report, Intel, R/West, Gard, RPA, ConMet, Lightspeed, Nike, McLanahan, Gaylord Industries, Phoseon Technology, M Financial, GoDaddy

Deep Sky | 2018 motion montage

Featuring our recent highlighted work in 2D animation, 3D visualization, motion design and VFX. 032518

Deep Sky | 2018 Character reel

Reel features highlighted character animation work from our recent social media campaigns, explainer videos, sizzles, commercials, shorts, and more.

Cloudability | FinOps

Cloudability sought a high-end animation explaining how their product FinOps solves the cloud spending challenges faced by modern businesses, a video which could then tie into and inform their imminent rebrand. The goal was to show large enterprises a way to bring their teams together and achieve financial harmony in the face of the intricacies of cloud spending. Essentially, FinOps is the answer to the contemporary budgeting
question, “How can we facilitate teamwork across all verticals?” To engage the company’s audience of decision makers, we delivered a video differentiated from other tech animations through the use of flat patterns projecting over tactile 3D shapes. The result was fluid interaction between tangible objects and 2D characters. Line work was reserved only to show movement, emphasizing the scaleable capabilities of FinOps. Lastly, a three-color palette illustrates how the product enables integration of the tech, business, and finance arms of an organization; with white depicting the even plane, the round table, the common language. In the final product, a seamless blend of 2D and 3D graphics translates elaborate concepts into accessible imagery and highlights the value and relevance of FinOps. Our visuals both aided and reinforced Cloudability’s rebrand, making this a particularly exciting project for all of us, from start to finish. "The video is a key component of the new site, we are very proud of it and have gotten TONS of great feedback on it." —Leslie McCollum of Cloudability

OG&E | Positive Homes

Super Bowl LIII preopen

Our friends at Bleacher Report approached us to produce a fun yet challenging concept for a Super Bowl pre-open: visualize the Vince Lombardi trophy coming together in 3D and animate four plays from the two winning NFL teams in 2D. This may seem straightforward; however, we needed to complete this in just 12 days, and combining a 3D chrome trophy with 2D hand-drawn animation is a tricky design combination. Fortunately, our

talented team was amped-up to take on this time-sensitive task, and we successfully nailed it with time to spare.

ODOT | Park Your Phone

Our first of many commercial spots for ODOT and Gard Communications. Park Your Phone plays throughout Oregon in theaters and broadcast, creating awareness to put your phone away before driving. We were tasked to film and bring to life real elements within a driver’s vehicle. We did this practically using wires, green screen, and a puppeteer. Our toy trooper was practically placed for lighting reference. In post we modeled,
textured, rigged, and brought him to life. Our 2D team added a nice touch to the trooper by hand drawing his face and lip sync. Filming was shot at Cinerent West within a day thanks to a killer crew and lot’s of pre-production planning!

Crowdstreet

Fresh off a major rebrand, CrowdStreet approached Deep Sky looking for a premium explainer video to communicate their streamlined messaging and highlight their sleek new brand elements. CrowdStreet’s innovative marketplace and high-tech platform offers commercial real estate opportunities that were previously accessible only to institutions, so the goal was to create a sales tool that would capture the attention of the individual
investor. The theme was “Framing the Future,” so naturally we gravitated towards creative use of lines, frames, and space, creating 2D abstractions of 3D objects in ways that blended beautifully with CrowdStreet’s minimalist and modern art deco style. Lines and patterns act as an abstraction of complex ideas; framed doorways represent new opportunities; smooth, fluid transitions show investors how easy CrowdStreet has made it to invest with confidence.

NOM | Brand-Safe YouTube Solutions Explainer

Galois | Cryptography

We rely on software for everything these days. Ever think just how disastrous it would be if the systems we count on to protect our lives went awry? Galois does. And they have solutions. We had the pleasure of working with the team at the R&D technologies company to produce two awareness videos designed to educate industries that rely on critical systems about formal methods and formal verification – and how incredibly
effective they are at improving cyber security and safety. Our job was to take a very intricate mathematical and scientific topic and distill it down into a clean, two-minute overview, striking the perfect balance between overly technical and overly simplistic, in order to reach a relatively broad audience. After multiple in depth interviews with Galois engineers and days of wading through white papers to write the script, the next challenge was finding a way to visually represent such a complex topic. We decided to quite literally go “abstract,” using elementary shapes to represent data, primary colors, and clean motion graphics to keep the viewer easily engaged and not get lost in the details. It took extensive communication with the client to make sure each design element was an intuitive representation of the overall concept while capturing all the essential details. Custom tracks, sound effects, and VO mixing all helped to elevate the video once animation was complete. Galois was very happy with the results and plan to implement the videos in their web marketing, project pages, and website. We loved working with such a fantastic company and are so happy to know someone is looking out for our cyber safety!

Giro | Vanquish “Shape the Wind”

We had the pleasure collaborating with Giro on their campaign for Vanquish. We were challenged with visualizing the cycling helmet being shaped by the wind. And a fun challenge it was! The Vanquish™ MIPS helmet is the pinnacle of performance road cycling helmet technology. The science of air flow, and the art of mastering it, dictated the helmet’s silhouette and ventilation designs from the beginning, with months of aerodynamic
development, dozens of iterations and extensive pro rider testing. The result is Vanquish MIPS—the ultimate aero road helmet.

LoanPal

Through script, design, animation, and sound - it was a blast collaborating with the wonderful people at LoanPal. All elements came together beautifully, creating an honest and charming company anthem sure to brighten your day.

ConMet | Electric Hub

How does a century-old industry like commercial trucking keep up with a rapidly changing world? Companies like ConMet. And how do those companies explain their innovations to the world? Companies like us! ConMet called upon our team to help show how their latest solutions, the SmartHub and the Electric Hub, are advancing the commercial vehicle industry through electrification. And it’s our pleasure working with one of the key
players in this business as they drive trucking into a more sustainable and streamlined tomorrow. After writing the scripts, we combed through hours of footage to ensure we’d have an accurate portrayal of all of ConMet’s partnered vehicle manufacturers. Then, with stories and edits in place, we integrated motion graphics and 3D animation to visualize vehicles on the move recording and reporting data from the hubs. ConMet’s innovations are all about transformation, efficiency, connected intelligence, clean technology, and momentum toward the future; and those are the themes we drove home in these videos.

Hexagon | Safety and Infrastructure

Deep Sky collaborated with étage to produce a series of animated corporate videos for Hexagon promoting their individual departments and their unique missions within the company umbrella.


Hexagon’s branding style is very specific, so a lot of time went into distinguishing the overall look and flow of the series. The challenge was taking ideas that were very complex and distilling them into simplified visuals

that elegantly flowed with a poetic script.


We used basic shapes as a theme to reflect the Hexagon mission of “shaping smart change.” For Safety and Infrastructure, the “line” tells the story of how the department is “shaping outcomes.” Scripts required brainstorming visuals even before storyboarding to make sure the timing and concepts would work, and a set of rules for sizing shapes had to be defined during asset creation to keep everything cohesive. We tweaked the conceptualized storyboards and designs for weeks until every scene complimented one another and flowed effortlessly.


Along with design, editing and animation, we provided a campaign of vector illustrations to Hexagon for each key scene in the video. We also had to work closely with the narrator and composer, since timing, emphasis, and flow were crucial. With constant communication, collaboration, thoughtful design, and a beautifully written script, we were able to create a rhythmic dance between the narrative and visuals and produce an attractive piece that Hexagon proudly shares.

Deep Sky | 2018 3D Visualization Reel

Featuring our highlighted 3D visualization work.

Gaylord Industries | The Eliminator

We collaborated with our friends over at Gaylord to visualize their new product that’s sure to be a game changer in the commercial kitchen industry.


The Eliminator is the first commercial kitchen ventilator of its kind, designed to abate smoke and diminish odor in a small, cost-effective footprint. So to really show off what it can do, we took a field trip to the facility to learn exactly how it works, then

designed and built out the CGI kitchen and downtown scene to demonstrate how The Eliminator’s revolutionary design, high-efficiency and advanced technology is creating a much-needed clean air solution for mixed-use buildings with space constraints.


This is our third video for Gaylord and we always have a blast visualizing how their products function in a variety of different CGI environments. But the best part is learning that these videos have been increasing their leads and helping close sales.

Reviews

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Visual Marketing Content Production for Cloud-Native Security Company

"Their versatility was incredible."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
June 2017 – May 2019
Project summary: 

Deep Sky created a series of explainer videos for a cloud native security company. Their work included brainstorming, storyboarding, animating, live footage, green screening, among other technologies.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Jeannie Christenson
Former Marketing Strategy Director, Twistlock
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Deep Sky’s efforts have been met with positive acclaim and their videos garnered a lot of views on YouTube. Customers can expect a team that’s collaborative and willing to tackle a challenge.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the former marketing strategy director at a cloud-native security company, which secures software that has been built in the cloud.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Deep Sky?

In order to talk about our infrastructure, we needed to describe how it works, and since we work with the cloud, we didn't have any visual depiction to share. We went to them hoping they could sit with me and brainstorm imagery that would be able to represent us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They created animation explainer videos to capture our brand and what it had to offer. One of the main solutions that they helped me figure out was a continuum of cloud-native technologies. We white boarded some of the main concepts into a graphic system, that could be pulled into a storyboard, and ultimately the video. In order for us to get a complete voice-over, we did a full greenscreen shoot. They got us on the soundstage and it took three hours to complete three shoots, total. They captured our CTO speaking through how our company works, and the main concepts behind it. We intercut between that speech and the animation. Overall they did a really great job. 

What is the team composition?

We worked with eight people throughout the duration of the video creation process.

How did you come to work with Deep Sky?

I went online and thought their work was great, and it really spoke to me.

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested $75,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in June 2017, and our engagement ended in May 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We had huge views on YouTube, and more importantly, what differentiated us in our space was making sure we could put a visual explanation to what we do. A lot of people have told us why they went with us because the videos demystified the process, and educated them on what we do. 

How did Deep Sky perform from a project management standpoint?

They were great and were able to realize when they needed help expressing a particular concept and reached out for clarification. Our overall timelines were kept, and they turned around most segments in under a month.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their versatility was incredible. They dove into a real hardcore technology challenge, and they have more versatility than any other company I've ever seen who specializes.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don't think so.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

My advice is to come in with strong ideas and an abstract of what you want to convey, rather than just letting them work from scratch. It'll let them know you're ready to be a collaborative presence.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were amazing overall, but there were just a few times I felt like a needed to nudge the producer.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They did really good work.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They surpassed my imagination in putting visuals a previously undocumented technology approach.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer