13 4 / 2012

Catch Traylor in Savannah at SCAD’s CoMotion

What does it take to become a great designer/artist?  Talent alone?  NO!  There are many skills needed to make it in the day to day business world of design that are not related to art at all.  Do you work well with others?  Know how to finish a project on time?  Can you communicate with clients who don’t understand graphic design?

Fivestone founder Traylor Woodall will be heading up a panel on Saturday, April 14th at Savannah College of Art and Design’s CoMotion Conference.  The panel will cover one of Traylor’s pet causes, The Intangibles.

If you’re near Savannah, come join him to find out how to take your design career all the way to the top.

03 2 / 2012

Fivestone Named Among Local Addy Winners

We are excited and honored to have been awarded another round Vikingof Addys this year.  Two of our personal projects were chosen; the Fivestone ID, Viking, which is the brainchild of Creative Director Kyle Jones and our 2011 video Christmas card, Dubstep Santa.

Girls MinistryAn Addy also went to Lifeway for a video we did for their Girls Ministry this past summer

The awards will be handed out by the AAF Nashville at a dinner on February 23rd.  If we are awarded a gold level, then it’s off to Regionals for us.

02 2 / 2012

Look What We Found…

…right across the street from our studio, a little pub tucked away in historic Printer’s Alley.  We used the occasion of producer Katie Rauh’s birthday to venture out one snowy afternoon and check it out.  The beef & pudding, soup, and curry all got rave reviews but naturally the fish & chips were the fave.  We also managed to play darts without anyone incurring any major injuries.  (The darts themselves, however, did not fare so well.)

Check out the Fleet Street Pub here.  After a return trip, Carson highly recommends the Charing Cross Crisps.

20 12 / 2011

Some behind the scenes from our puppet and party shoot!

20 12 / 2011

Fivestone Open House

Last weekend Fivestone opened its doors to friends and family.  There was food, drink, and fun.  Thanks to all of those who stopped by to celebrate the season with us!

Proof that intern Hunter survived the party preparations.  Hm, where’s intern Andy?

New team member Brian Altman chats with Jeff Fox

Brian and Whitney chill with Traylor

Eric Stars stopped by for a while

Carson’s presence is always felt

Is that a high five or L for loser?

Peter King relaxes while Erin shares a laugh

Chocolate covered strawberries injected with liquors.  Yum!

Things winding down for the evening

08 12 / 2011

Here’s a short animation test of some creatures we did for another project.  Enjoy!

06 12 / 2011

After subjecting us to his rants and ravings about his various pop food finds, Senior Animator Carson Carr has taken our suggestion that he write down his junk food findings and share them.  His new blog, The Flavor Explosionist is the result.

06 10 / 2011

Fivestone wins at the Case Awards

Last month, Fivestone Studios was presented with several Case Awards for our design and graphic motion work.  We won Best of Category in the Broadcast/Film category for our spot for the Red Cross International

Bob Isherwood and the folks at I.E. Healthcare brought us the concept for this powerful ad which was broadcast around the world in multiple languages. You can check out the award-winning spot here.

We also won several Merit Awards for:

The Case Awards are given out by the AIGA for creative excellence in creative professions. 

Thanks, everyone!

04 10 / 2011

Kyle Jones named New Creative Director

We’re pleased to announce that after two years of juggling, ping pong playing and occasionally working, Kyle Jones has been promoted to our Creative Director.  Congratulations, Kyle!

Here are Kyle’s thoughts on the matter:

What are your qualifications? 

I’ve been arting (pardon me) my whole life- constantly drawing and making things. I got in trouble several times for turning in homework wrought with doodles. Officially though, I am a graduate of MTSU with a major in graphic design and minor in interactive design. I interned/freelanced throughout school at a webdesign studio in Nashville and spent a summer in the On-Air Graphics department of CMT and worked for several months at Eyeball in NYC before coming down and joining Fivestone full time.

Why Fivestone?

I love the people at Fivestone, which I find as equally important as the work we do. I love the challenge of finding solutions for our wide range of clients. I’m excited to see how our workflow is evolving, integrating more 3D and live action work. Also being in the heart of Downtown Nashville is a blast; there is a lot of energy here!

Why do you do what you do?

I’ve been obsessed with animation for as long as I can remember. On a family trip to Disney World (back when there was an animation dept. there) I got to see the animators working on Pocahontas, flipping pages back and forth. Thus began a long line of flip books, Macromedia Flash, 3D software, and After Effects. Motion graphics is great because the potential seems limitless. Everyday I’m seeing something new that inspires and pushes the boundaries. It incorporates art in it’s purest sense with music, graphic design, cinematography, and storytelling. It is a culmination of everything I love wrapped up into one.

So who the heck are you?

I’m one of those people who likes to pick up lots of random skills, mostly useless. Over the years this has included: juggling, unicycling, swing dancing, playing guitar, piano, learning several programming languages, and other impossibly nerdy things. I also always have a few personal projects going on outside of work… from font designing, to writing and illustrating children’s books, to directing short films. I’ve never properly recorded my music, but I love improvising on the piano. I’m also an avid podcast listener, exhausting the archives to This American Life, Radiolab, Stuff You Should Know, the Moth, and various comedy podcasts. 

04 10 / 2011

Traylor Woodall named finalist for NEXT Awards

Our own Traylor Woodall has been named a finalist for the inaugural NEXT Awards. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneur Center jointly present these awards to recognize the accomplishments of companies and individual entrepreneurs in five areas of business especially important to the Nashville economy: health care; technology; digital media and entertainment; sustainability and alternative energy; and social enterprise. (Guess which category Traylor is nominated for.) Individual awards for successful youth, minority, female, startup and legacy entrepreneurs will also be given, in addition to an Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Traylor’s thoughts on being nominated? “It’s fabulous for us, but more importantly I’m excited about what it says about Nashville as a creative center. Our success means that there are firms just like us, right here in Music City, competing and thriving on a larger stage. National brands don’t have to go to LA or NYC to get top shelf creative- there’s a great community right here!”

Here, here!

Traylor will receive recognition as a NEXT Awards finalist at the award dinner on Tuesday, October 18th at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.