Squash and Stretch Productions

Motion Graphics & Animation Studio

You need your clients’ businesses to stand out online and attract more potential customers. Our expert team designs best in class animations that make your clients stand out.

Karl Pontau

Connecting the World with Stories

I’ve been an artist all my life; my dad nurtured my passion for storytelling from an early age with engaging accounts of his life. After seeing Toy Story I was inspired to tell stories with animation.

Then life threw me a curveball. Just before my senior year in high school, I started feeling ill. I was frustrated and scared because after eight months I seemed to be wasting away. The answer came after an MRI. My pediatrician entered; we knew it was bad. We sat down in a room with big, c-shaped chairs that had high armrests. My doctor showed me the results. I had two brain tumors!

The news hit me like a punch to the chest. I actually moved backwards in my chair. Before then I’d been very healthy. I was a competitive swimmer who’d never had the Flu, broken any major bones, been stung by a bee, or even been bitten by a mosquito! My world reeled. It didn’t feel real. In a weird way, I also felt relieved because we finally knew why I was sick! Fortunately, my family, friends, and community stepped up to help. From my biopsy surgery, through chemotherapy, and all the way to my last day of radiation, the people around me supported me when I needed it most. I graduated on time with cancer behind me.

In college, while studying animation, I participated in a student design competition. At the award ceremony, when the whole auditorium laughed at the joke in my animation, I felt connected to everybody. The rush I felt signaled that I’d found my purpose in life. I would use animation and storytelling to connect people facing overwhelming challenges with cutting edge solutions.

To that end, I started Squash and Stretch Productions. In this increasingly disconnected world, people are drawn to a great story for the same reason our ancient ancestors gathered around campfires. Through storytelling I can help companies attract and maintain clients, inspire investors, and motivate employees. I’m fulfilling my mission: Connecting the World with Stories.

Who We Are

Meet Karl

Karl Pontau

Karl Pontau

Owner & President

Storyteller and Motion Graphic Artist

Our Team

Squash and Stretch Production’s team consists of numerous local writers, graphic and visual designers, other motion graphic artists and designers, voice over artists, and audio designers. We can put together a team to fit almost any project, working in almost any visual style. If you have an idea for a motion graphics video, odds are we can make for you on time and on budget.

You’ll love the results!

Lily Xu

Lily Xu

Graphic Designer

Lily is a graphic and web designer with a passion for good design. She has been working as a designer in the Bay Area since 2008, and loves and telling the story of a business through branding. Nothing beats capturing the personality and uniqueness of a business and empowering them to go forth and market themselves with confidence.

Lorri Nicoles

Lorri Nicoles

Writer & Editor

Lorrie Nicoles, founder of Tora Writing Services, is a ghostwriter and developmental editor. A true Word Nerd, Lorrie loves crafting written messages. She specializes in explanatory writing – explaining the who, what, when, where, why, and how in terms that the audience understands. Lorrie put her engineering degree and innate ability to explain things to use as a technical writer for over 10 years – creating documentation used globally without translation. Now, Lorrie helps business owners, speakers, and authors expand their written message to wider audiences.

Who We Work With

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Designers

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Script Writers

Are you a wizard with the spoken word? Can you tune tones and imbue emotion to any subject? Get in touch!

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Voice Over Artist

Do people swoon when you read a Wikipedia article about toast because your voice and intonation are that good? Give us a call!

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Visual Artist

Can you illustrate, create vector art, or wield a mean Photoshop brush? Let us know!

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Animators

Can you breath life into 2D and 3D visuals and characters? Let’s talk!

Referral Partners

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Marketing Agencies

Does our company do Websites, SEO, Social Media, Email, and more; but, not Animation? We can help each other!

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Branding Agencies

Do you help your clients develop their identity in the marketplace? We can help them share it with their target audience!

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Videographers

Do your clients want custom titles and overlays? We want to work with you!

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PR Professionals

Are you a public relations guru? Let’s share our wisdom and achieve amazing results together!

 

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Boost your clients' online marketing ROI with Animated Videos!

 

Phone

(925) 998-4116