From story consultation to final video, Planet Nutshell is a full-service animation studio that has been serving technology companies, healthcare organizations, non-profits, and educators since 2008. We listen to our clients. We learn from them. That’s how we create impactful, beautiful things for them.
Joshua Gunn, Founder
Josh founded Planet Nutshell to help people understand a complicated world and inspire them to take action.
He consults personally with each client to deeply understand their communication challenges and to uncover the elusive magic that makes a story great.
Josh holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Washington and a BA from Colorado College. In his spare time he writes for major publications including The Atlantic and Vox.com.
Jennifer Sanchez, Art Director
Jen heads up our animation team, with a rich and accomplished background in digital storytelling, storyboarding, design, character animation, and motion graphics.
She holds a BFA in Animation and Storyboarding from the Savannah College of Art & Design, from which she graduated magna cum laude. Her short film, “Papi’s Bakery” has screened at animation festivals across the country.
Sam Berliner, Producer
Sam is a Boston-based filmmaker and animator best known for his engaging and accessible films about gender nonconformity. His award-winning short films, Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure, Genderbusters, Perception and Float have screened at over 300 film festivals around the world.
Sam directed Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival from 2013-2019 and continues to lead workshops and give presentations about gender at various organizations and schools.
Sam holds a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema from San Francisco State University and a BA from Smith College. For all things Sam, check out www.donutfilms.org.
Mollie Davis, Animator
Mollie joined our team with a background in motion graphics, frame-by-frame animation, and art history. She graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from Northeastern University in a joint program with the School of The Museum of Fine Arts.
In her free time Mollie co-organizes events for the local animation community, AniMAtic Boston, and her short film “Ellen” was released online in 2018.
Jody Snider, Executive Producer
With extensive experience in marketing and business ￼development, Jody is a dynamic producer of award winning creative and strategic projects.
In her different roles, she has been a recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award and several Emmy awards. She created a production company for young people that produced award winning interactive live programming for TV and radio that were featured on Today, The Tonight Show and in the New York Times.
Before coming to Planet Nutshell, Jody managed and developed new business for a nationally-known animation company, Soup2Nuts, owned by Scholastic Publishing Company.
The first step is getting to know you. We want to understand your audience: Who are they? What do they care about? What are some key use cases and scenarios that embody your product, idea, or service?
A great script should tell a unique and fun story, and not just rattle off a bunch of features. It embodies your identity and brand in an original way, and it reveals the why, not just the what.
This phase lets you visualize your Nutshell before we produce it. We brainstorm the best visual metaphors and imagery. Then, we sketch out each scene so you can see how the story will unfold.
Time to make things lovely! We propose artwork and assets that will appear in the final video, including characters, props, and backgrounds.
And…Action! In this phase, we execute on everything that has come before. Smoke rises from the studio and a great many cupcakes are consumed as we animate your video and engineer a soundtrack.
Your video is delivered in an industry standard format that’s ready for upload to your video host. You feel part of a truly collaborative process. Somebody might get hugged.