Tucked away in an inconspicuous building just outside of downtown Nashville, the studio provides cutting-edge animation for local, national, and international companies.
“We’ve worked with nearly every country on the globe and every city in the United States,” said Mike Halsey, Founder and President. They provide animation on nearly half of the Sesame Street shows, and worked with Marvel on Thor and Iron Man.
“It’s a great place to grow a business,” Halsey explains. “We’ve been able to grow very solidly and steadily over the years.”
With a team that’s worked for Disney, Mutant Ninja Turtles and Blue’s Clues, Magnetic Studios is a powerhouse that has developed a sustainable business model that competes with the best of the studios of the West Coast. When asked why they initially built an animation house in Tennessee, Halsey explained that Nashville provided a steady work-flow compared to the highs and lows of big budget studios that are frequently forced to close doors when the work slows down.
“We do business all over the country, but I always find that when I’m working for people in this region, that you’re really setting up a partnership – the businesses here are loyal,” Halsey said.
Magnetic Studios specializes in motion graphics, 3D animation, look refinement, compositing, and visual effects. Their services are frequently used in many of the Nashville stars’ music videos, and so have a steady work flow and consistent work environment.
“I still have my first client I landed here in Nashville 22 years later. Building that kind of long term relationship is much more possible here; [Tennessee] is a great place to grow a business.”