Motionographer Podcast 02: Crush

In our second installment of the Motionographer Podcast, we chat with Gary Thomas, founder and creative director at Crush in Toronto. Some of the topics we touch on:

  • Working in the Australian post-production scene back in the 90s
  • The relationship between technology, power and the creative process
  • The genesis of Crush in Toronto
  • The secrets of good retention
  • The Toronto design scene
  • The creative process behind some of Crush’s high-profile projects, namely The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland and two music videos for REM, “Hollow Man” and “Man Sized Wreath”

One of the things I like about Gary (and Crush’s) approach to things is their willingness to take on experimental (and often low-budget) projects as a way of pushing their own boundaries. It not only keeps the creative fires burning, it actually attracts more work.


Incidentally, Crush recently posted a nicely edited new reel, which you can check out on their site.


About the author

Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.



Hi, I was wondering if you had a RSS feed address to subscribe to the podcast? Thanks and I really enjoy these and can’t wait to hear more. They are the perfect things to listen to while working.


Why not a video podcast to show off the studio, people and the work?


I’d love to do that! Maybe in the future. Right now, the cost and time it would take to create a video podcast is prohibitive.


Totally understandable.

Maybe some studios would be willing to shoot some office footage and Q&A stuff themselves (you submit questions by email and they respond on video) so you can cut it in with work footage. I love seeing other people’s workspaces.


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