July 29, 2005


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Digital artist Greg Shultz has launched Gasket (www.gasket.tv), a design, visual effects and 2D/3D animation house that will serve the commercial, music video and feature markets. The studio is a sister company to Hi-Wire and is equipped with Autodesk Flame and Combustion, as well as PC and Mac workstations running apps such as Alias Maya, Adobe After Effects and Apple Motion.

"Our vision is to create idea-driven animation and visual effects that both tell a story and that are the story," explains Shultz, who began his career in the fine arts field. He later joined Crash & Sue's and within a year was a lead Flame artist for the company. During his seven-year tenure at Crash & Sue's, Shultz contributed to projects for clients Best Buy, Target, Kmart, Buell and BMW. He went on to co-founded the design firm Make.

Gasket is comprised of a diverse group of artists with talents that range from cel animation to painting to video game design. Jiang "Jacky" Ke and Justin Greiner come from Shultz's alma mater Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he has developed an internship and recruiting program. Tammy Kimbler Weber is the studio's producer and brings a wealth of post production and effects experience to her role at the company.