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Author: Joel Pilger

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Business conversations with the leaders behind the world’s most disruptive creative studios.. Hosted by Joel Pilger, the advisor to the world's leading studios.
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Beat at loyalkaspar

Beat at loyalkaspar

2023-06-0637:02

In a world inundated with brands, one visionary offers a more considered method to branding. GUEST Beat Baudenbacher | Principal, Chief Creative Officer at loyalkaspar⁠ HOST ⁠⁠Joel Pilger⁠⁠ | Global Consultant at ⁠RevThink⁠ | ⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠ | ⁠⁠LinkedIn⁠⁠ NOMINATE A FABULIST Know a creative entrepreneur who should be on “the list”? ⁠⁠Nominate them⁠⁠. CREDITS Post-Production by ⁠Coupe Studios Music & Sound Design⁠ Engineered by Taylor Marvin, Alex Hawley Produced by Celia St. Amant, Eric Singer The Outsourceress: ⁠⁠Lidia Scarlat⁠⁠ Special Thanks to Multimedia Storytellers ⁠Arbo Radiko NOTES We asked Beat to share an image of an object dear to their company. Here's what we got: "So what popped into my head was the first MACINTOSH CLASSIC we got at my home in Switzerland, which opened the world of computer-generated visuals to me. We still have it at the office in NYC, but it doesn't work anymore."
Orion at Residence

Orion at Residence

2023-05-1033:37

Find out why Residence isn't a holding company in the traditional sense, the overall reception in the industry and what are the championing values of the companies Residence embraces. GUEST Orion Tate | Founder, Chief Creative Officer at ⁠BUCK and Residence HOST ⁠Joel Pilger⁠ | Global Consultant at RevThink | ⁠Instagram⁠ | ⁠LinkedIn⁠ NOMINATE A FABULIST Know a creative entrepreneur who should be on “the list”? ⁠Nominate them⁠. CREDITS Post-Production by Coupe Studios Music & Sound Design Engineered by Taylor Marvin, Alex Hawley Produced by Celia St. Amant, Eric Singer The Outsourceress: ⁠Lidia Scarlat⁠ Special Thanks to Multimedia Storytellers Arbo Radiko NOTES  We asked Orion to share an image of an object dear to their company. Here's what we got: "I like a good metaphor, and sometimes use mycorrhizal fungi to describe residence's philosophy of non-competitive cooperative sharing.So, here's a mushroom!"
Ryan & Orion at BUCK

Ryan & Orion at BUCK

2023-02-0837:16

The world’s most celebrated motion design studio balances nonstop evolution with a relentless pursuit of its North Star. GUESTS Ryan Honey | Founder, Chief Creative Officer at BUCK Orion Tate | Founder, Chief Creative Officer at BUCK HOST Joel Pilger | Global Consultant at RevThink | Instagram | LinkedIn NOMINATE A FABULIST Know a creative entrepreneur who should be on “the list”? Nominate them. CREDITS Senior Producer: Jocelyn Arem at Arbo Radiko Sound Design: Eric Singer at Coupe Studios The Outsourceress: Lidia Scarlat NOTES We asked Ryan and Orion to share a photo of an object dear to their company. Meet Noodles, the mascot of this episode's graphic cover. Noodles is from BUCK's F5 Opening Titles project. Watch it here.
Erin at Sarofsky

Erin at Sarofsky

2023-01-1045:35

On the journey to building a legacy, there is a fine line between fragility and stability. GUEST Erin Sarofsky | Owner and Executive Creative Director at Sarofsky HOST Joel Pilger | Global Consultant at RevThink | Instagram | LinkedIn  NOMINATE A FABULIST Know a creative entrepreneur who should be on “the list”? Nominate them. CREDITS Senior Producer: Jocelyn Arem at Arbo Radiko Sound Design: Eric Singer at Coupe Studios The Outsourceress: Lidia Scarlat TRANSCRIPT Coming soon
Marcel at STATE Design

Marcel at STATE Design

2022-12-1340:05

Along one studio’s journey to the highest levels, its founder struggles with darkness… only to discover a deeper purpose. GUEST Marcel Ziul | Executive Creative Director & Founder at STATE Design HOST Joel Pilger | Global Consultant at RevThink | Instagram | LinkedIn NOMINATE A FABULIST Know a creative entrepreneur who should be on “the list”? Nominate them. CREDITS Senior Producer: Jocelyn Arem at Arbo Radiko Sound Design: Eric Singer at Coupe Studios The Outsourceress: Lidia Scarlat TRANSCRIPT Coming soon
Sibling’s work is bold, clear, and smart. But as with any creative business, the work is – at most – half the story. GUESTS Joe Wright | Co-Founder, Director, Chief Creative Officer at Sibling Rivalry Mikon van Gastel | Co-Founder, Director, Chief Creative Officer at Sibling Rivalry HOST Joel Pilger | Global Consultant at RevThink | Instagram | LinkedIn NOMINATE A FABULIST Know an amazing creative entrepreneur who should be on “the list”? Nominate them here. CREDITS Senior Producer: Jocelyn Arem at Arbo Radiko Sound Design: Eric Singer at Coupe Studios The Outsourceress: Lidia Scarlat Special Thanks: Rich Macar at Buttons NY and Dallas Taylor at Defacto Sound TRANSCRIPT Coming soon.
Trailer Season 01

Trailer Season 01

2022-12-0101:52

This is a story about storytellers, creators, filmmakers, and fable finders. Those intrepid souls who launched a business only to wake up one day and discover they had built an empire. Strategic creatives like Joe and Mikon. MIKON VAN GASTEL (CLIP): When you are an entrepreneur and you're in this business, the forces around you are fucking with everything you are trying to build. JOEL PILGER (VO): Real and raw founders like Marcel MARCEL ZIUL (CLIP): To just like show your pitches to your competitor and say, bro, you kicked my ass. Teach me here, please. I need to learn. JOEL PILGER (CLIP): And how did they respond? MARCEL ZIUL (CLIP): They showed me their pitches. JOEL PILGER (CLIP): Whoa. JOEL PILGER (VO): And makers like Erin, who I asked, what does it take to run a great creative business? ERIN SAROFSKY (CLIP): Everything’s a hustle. It's not being built on the back of a, you know, a mountain that was already there. JOEL PILGER (VO): One thing is clear, these creatives dismissed the safer path and ignored convention. JOE WRIGHT (CLIP): What the company is today is completely different from what it was when we started it. JOEL PILGER (VO): I'm Joel Pilger and this is my new podcast, the Fabulist. Brought to you by Coupe Studios and Arbo Radiko. I've made a list and I'm traveling the world to capture the stories of these fabulous people behind the world's most interesting studios and production companies. Listen for a deep dive with names like Sibling Rivalry, State Design, Sarofsky, and many more to come. To hear these stories, and their legacies - I’ll see you there. Photo by Erica Schultz
Joel Pilger rejoins forces with Ryan Summers and John LePore for a fresh deep dive into the incredible potential and versatility of motion design! Oh, if you missed PART 1, see the link below. In this episode, we answer these questions: - How can motion design skills be seamlessly transferred into adjacent industries, like automotive and experiential design? - Why is it crucial to focus on solving clients' core problems instead of just executing? We're also exploring the future of motion design with thrilling innovations, from real-time CG tools to mind-blowing immersive experiences, like the NFL's Toy Story-themed broadcasts. Plus, we'll discuss the essential mindsets for success, including a thoughtful approach, clear communication, and always being ready to provide guidance and expertise. Don't miss out on this exciting exciting episode and stay tuned for....part 3, obviously!
The Fabulist (Trailer)

The Fabulist (Trailer)

2024-06-0400:47

The Fabulist is back! Join host Joel Pilger as he leads this discussion with disruptors Ryan Summers and John LePore into the evolving landscape of motion design. This episode, titled ‘The End of the Beginning of Motion Design,’ highlights the rise of AI, the widening gap between order-takers and tastemakers, and the critical role of strategic creativity. Whether you’re a studio owner or a curious creative, this episode offers insights into navigating the future of motion and how your job is not to simply ease in or out of this industry, but to stay ahead of its curve.
Trailer Season 02

Trailer Season 02

2023-05-0601:58

At the heart of every studio, every production company, and every creative enterprise, there is a founder. A dauntless entrepreneur who carved their own path and beat the odds. My name is Joel Pilger, and I like to call this type of courageous human, a Fabulist.  On Season 01 of The Fabulist, we heard the stories that the journey is hardly ever a straight line. In Season 02, we continue the journey. HOST ⁠Joel Pilger⁠ | Global Consultant at RevThink | ⁠Instagram⁠ | ⁠LinkedIn⁠ NOMINATE A FABULIST Know a creative entrepreneur who should be on “the list”? ⁠Nominate them⁠.
Animation… broadcast design… motion graphics… mograph… motion design… Looking back over the past 30 years, our field has exploded, regardless of what you call it. In this veritable tour de force, I’m joined by futurists John LePore (formerly of Perception NYC) and Ryan Summers (IF, DK, Spillt) who argue convincingly that we are just getting started. Hold on for the ride as we lift the veil, break down walls, and help you make sense of our rapidly evolving industry. It’s the end of the beginning for motion design, folks. And that’s a very, very good thing… So put on your shades, because the future is super bright.
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