We were honored to be asked by the Pacific Northwest Ballet to create an opening video for the new version of The Nutcracker by George Balanchine featuring original designs by 'Olivia' illustrator Ian Falconer.

The animation is played live during Tchaikovsky’s Overture to open the show and takes you through an 1880’s New England forest, a small town, and finally arrives at the Stahlbaum house where you join up with some unexpected little visitors.

"Another production change comes during the overture, which here involves an impressive video animation by Straightface Studios."
    The Wall Street Journal

"The effect is enchanting; at intermission a number of patrons were heard to say they’d go back again just to see the video."
    Seattle Post Intelligencer

"A magical mood is established straightaway with a video from local firm Straightface Studios..."
    Seattle Times


Our Role

  • Creative Direction

  • 3D Design & Animation