Boston Full-Service Animation Studio

Planet Nutshell makes short and memorable animated videos called Nutshells. Our mission is to impart the value and purpose of technologies and ideas through the power of storytelling. Our stories impart not just the “how” but more importantly, the “why”.

We’ve been making Nutshells since 2007 for some of the biggest companies in the world – such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.com – as well as startups, educational institutions, and healthcare providers. 

 
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Boston, MA
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  • Planet Nutshell, Inc. 29 Stanhope St. MA
    Boston, MA 02116
    United States

Portfolio

Gloria Steinem on Marilyn Monroe

We worked with our friends at WNET Education to produce an animated interpretation of an interview with Gloria Steinem. Steinem discusses her early perceptions of Marilyn Monroe. But those perceptions changed over time. Watch to see how.

Life Sciences Investment: An Explainer

We recently wrapped a video for a life sciences investment firm that helps people understand their investment process. How did we do?

We partnered with Shriners Hospitals for Children to produce this story about a woman who received treatment at Shriners as a child and is now giving back.

Shriners Love to The Rescue Campaign

We partnered with Shriners Hospitals for Children to produce this story about a woman who received treatment at Shriners as a child and is now giving back.

NPCA: Protect Cumberland Island

We worked with the National Parks Conservation Association to raise awareness about a critical issue affecting Cumberland Island National Seashore.

The World Wildlife Fund asked us to help them explain why Arctic oil drilling is the wrong move for the Arctic Ocean, as well as the whole planet.

Roca: Young Mothers

Our latest for Roca tells the story of Isabela, just one of the 18- to 24-year-olds in Roca's Young Mothers program. Watch the video to see how Roca is transforming the lives of young women and giving them a shot at a better future.

Gloria Steinem on Marilyn Monroe

We worked with our friends at WNET Education to produce an animated interpretation of an interview with Gloria Steinem. Steinem discusses her early perceptions of Marilyn Monroe. But those perceptions changed over time. Watch to see how.

Life Sciences Investment

We recently wrapped a video for a life sciences investment firm that helps people understand their investment process. How did we do? 

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Video Production for Social Solution Nonprofit

"The quality of the animation and the quality of the storytelling is top-notch."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2016 - May 2017
Project summary: 

Planet Nutshell, Inc. created two explainer videos for a nonprofit organization. They wrote scripts, decided on storylines, created animations, and edited the final film for the videos.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Chelsea, Massachusetts
Yotam Zeira
Director of Strategy and External Affairs, Roca
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Planet Nutshell, Inc. successfully delivered visually impressive explainer videos that engage and educate viewers. The team is capable of handling an extensive workload spanning the entire production process. They foster a communicative and creative partnership.

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 am the director of strategy and external affairs at Roca. We are a nonprofit that works with very high-risk young people.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Planet Nutshell, Inc.?

We engaged Planet Nutshell, Inc. to help us create an explainer video about our organization. We have a fairly complex story as a nonprofit, and we hoped to produce a quick and interesting look at the work that we do while also being respectful to the populations we work with.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We relied on Planet Nutshell, Inc. to guide the lifecycle of the video—including writing scripts, creating animations, deciding on storytelling techniques, and editing the film. We received terrific feedback about the first video, so we later decided to create a second one with Planet Nutshell, Inc. as well. Both videos were 2–2:30 minutes long.

What is the team composition?

We worked with Josh (Founder, Planet Nutshell, Inc.) and several members of his team.

How did you come to work with Planet Nutshell, Inc.?

We searched online for vendors in the greater Boston area and came across their name. Upon meeting them, we loved the people and loved their approach, so we felt comfortable choosing them for our project.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $10,000 on each video.

What is the status of this engagement?

We made our first video in April 2016, and we completed our second video in May 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Planet Nutshell, Inc. turned out to be great partners for this project. People have loved our videos—they find them interesting and respectful to the populations we help. The videos successfully brought a lot of attention to what our organization does. The quality of the animation and the quality of the storytelling is top-notch.

How did Planet Nutshell, Inc. perform from a project management standpoint?

We worked well together. Planet Nutshell, Inc. made it easy to communicate through emails and phone calls.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were genuinely great people to work with. I’d highly recommend them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, nothing specific comes to mind.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

As with any vendor, it’s critical to be clear about your needs. Planet Nutshell, Inc. will listen carefully and work to find a solution.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Early Education Videos for Television Network Firm

"The team is an excellent partner that distinguishes themselves from other vendors."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Planet Nutshell, Inc. has created 1–4-minute animated videos. The team produces versions for multiple foreign languages.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Lexington, Kentucky
Teresa Day
Director, Educational Content Development, Kentucky Educational Television
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The videos have won awards and earned positive feedback from external stakeholders. Proactive and timely, Planet Nutshell, Inc. maintains regular communication and interactive workflows. Customers can expect to work with a creative and knowledgeable team.

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 director of educational content development at Kentucky Educational Television, a public media station and state government agency. We provide resources and services for schools, adult education, and early childhood education.  

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Planet Nutshell, Inc.?

We have worked with them on several different projects. Our team first hired Planet Nutshell, Inc. to create early childhood learning resources, which included short animated videos for math, language, and music classes.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We begin each project with a discussion about our goals and the specific content. Our team creates the script, and Planet Nutshell, Inc. develops the animation, making changes after our reviews as necessary. A number of the animations were produced in several languages. At this stage, the team raises any issues around syncing the new audio and animation. We then collaborate on edits and revisions before their side deliveries the final version for uploading. The videos have ranged between 1–4 minutes.

Recently, Planet Nutshell, Inc. worked on world languages projects for arts and music classrooms. The team adjusted narration and animation for Spanish, French, and German versions. They also worked on a project with us in which audio files from an old folk music series and created new animation to go with the song.

What is the team composition?

We work with Joshua (Founder, Planet Nutshell, Inc.) and a team of animation designers.

How did you come to work with Planet Nutshell, Inc.?

We received a recommendation from another state public television station. My department worked with them after seeing the excellent products created for our Early Childhood department.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent over $100,000 in total. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We did the world languages animations about three years ago and continue to work on those videos.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The videos were part of larger projects that won important industry awards. Additionally, we received positive feedback from teachers that loved how the products engaged students.

How did Planet Nutshell, Inc. perform from a project management standpoint?

The team stays flexible to keep the project on track, especially when our side falls behind. On an individual level, Josh stays involved throughout the engagement. It’s great to see an owner take such an active interest in clients’ projects.

Deliveries exceed expectations because Planet Nutshell, Inc. asks questions proactively to clarify the scope and timeline. As a result, the partnership is an interactive and pleasant experience. The team is responsive via phone and email, keeping us apprised of any upcoming issues.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team maintains regular communication and an enjoyable working relationship. They leverage expertise and creativity to enhance collaboration. To that end, Planet Nutshell, Inc. excels at expressing our goals and content in video format. They bring creativity and quality we could not achieve on our own.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, the team is an excellent partner that distinguishes themselves from other vendors.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Clients should communicate their goals in detail and explain the content of the project clearly. Those considering Planet Nutshell, Inc. should hire the team—they’re excellent!

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They have been sensitive to our budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’m enthusiastic about recommending them.

Video Animation for Healthcare Nonprofit

“Every experience I've had with them has been good.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2016 - Mar. 2017
Project summary: 

Planet Nutshell, Inc. produced a 90-second animation that explains how to set up and share a P2P fundraising page. They created a storyboard with audio scripting before delivering the final product.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Tampa, Florida
Martin Quessenberry
Director, Digital Projects & Innovation, Shriners Hospitals for Children
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Planet Nutshell has excellent project management skills and communicates well, providing prompt and clear feedback. They have a strong reputation of high-quality animation and story telling skills, and their work has helped produce more than $4 million in donations. 

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 director of digital projects and innovation for Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international healthcare nonprofit that helps children. I manage the creation, development, and design of digital projects, such as landing pages, APIs, and peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising campaigns.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Planet Nutshell, Inc.?

We needed to figure out how to communicate as effectively as possible with our donors and end users who visit our landing page and website. Specifically, we wanted to know the best way to get them to set up fundraising pages for our organization.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We hired Planet Nutshell, Inc. to create a 90-second animation that educated our users on how to create and share a P2P fundraising page in support of our hospital. They scripted, illustrated, and designed the video, with the specific purpose of highlighting how easy it is to start a fundraiser. Before even beginning the actual animation, they provided a storyboard with audio scripting that gave us a clear picture of what the final product would look like. When they finished, they gave us the complete data file, and we integrated it into our website and social media.

We have plans for a few other projects, including a new animation that talks about the history of our company.

What is the team composition? 

I interfaced with the owner and project manager. 

How did you come to work with Planet Nutshell, Inc.?

I’d seen their previous work and knew their animation and storytelling expertise would be a great fit for our project. We met up at a conference and talked about the work, and then we hired them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $11,000–$13,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

This project lasted from October 2016–March 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We can’t quantify their work, but we’ve seen a big uptick in our P2P fundraising success across multiple channels. By comparison, we had roughly 1,100 fundraising pages created from 2006-2016, since then we have surpassed 14,400 active fundraisers. We feel that with the addition of Planet Nutshell’s work and how we communicate to donors is the main reason for our continued success.

How did Planet Nutshell, Inc. perform from a project management standpoint?

They managed our project fantastically, from start to finish. They’re customer-oriented and responsive, providing prompt and open communication. We held weekly calls and production meetings, and they were always focused on details. We also communicated via email.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The owner is extremely intelligent and an unbelievable storyteller. He has a unique way of being able to understand and clearly communicate what we want to accomplish. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I can't name anything. Every experience I've had with them has been good. It’d be great if they were bigger.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

If possible, know what you want to accomplish in order to provide them with clear direction. However, even if you don’t have a clear idea, they’ll help you figure out what you want.

5.0
Overall Score My experience has been fantastic.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We hit timelines and scheduling.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The value for what we paid was extraordinary.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer