Hello There!

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.

Our People

  • 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 the 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. 

  • Songyi Park, Illustrator & Animator

    Songyi holds her Master of Arts in Motion Media Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. 

    A native of South Korea, Songyi received her BFA in Motion Arts Design from Namseoul University in Cheonan. Her team project, “Bestival Show Opening” received the Adobe Design Achievement Award in 2019 for Top Talent in Motion Graphics and Animation.

    Songyi is an amazing cook of Korean cuisine, as well as a coffee connoisseur.

    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.

  • Jane Winters, Junior Animator

    Born in Santa Monica, CA and raised in Massachusetts, Jane has a love for all things nature, and often creates work inspired by her surroundings. 

    Before joining Planet Nutshell, Jane worked as a freelance artist on a variety of projects designing and animating for music videos, animated ads, children’s media, concept art for games, and educational content. 

    She holds a BFA in Animation from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

  • 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.

Our Process

  • Discovery

    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?

  • Script

    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.

  • Storyboard

    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.

  • Design

    Time to make things lovely! We propose artwork and assets that will appear in the final video, including characters, props, and backgrounds.

  • Animation

    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.

  • Delivery

    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.