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Brazen Animation Launches in Dallas

Brazen Animation, a new animation studio comprised of veterans from Disney, Blue Sky, Reel FX and Green Grass Studios, launched last week in Dallas, Texas. Their mission: “to tell inspirational stories with meaning and purpose [and] that encourage people to pursue the greatness that exists within them.”

Brazen’s three principals are (pictured below, left to right) CEO Bryan Engram, formerly an animation supervisor at Dallas-based Reel FX; CBDO Ryan Iltis, who co-founded Dallas’s Green Grass Studios; and CFO Brian Cole, also a co-founder of Green Grass. Greg Lyons (pictured below, far right), a twelve-year industry veteran who worked at Sony Pictures Imageworks and most recently served as associate producer on Reel FX’s Book of Life, is the studio’s executive producer.


“Historically in entertainment most people will form a studio just because they like to make ‘stuff,’” said Brazen CEO Bryan Engram. “The tragedy is that more often than not, the ‘stuff’ they think is ‘cool’ is pretty meaningless in the grand scheme. That is the opposite of how we think. We came together because we believe we are here for a very specific reason. We want to elevate the human condition, and contribute something positive to the world through story.”

Brazen plans to produce a full range of content including ad campaigns, game cinematics, shorts, and features, with a focus on creating content that resonates emotionally with its audience. Alongside a portfolio of commercial work, their site currently lists four entertainment projects in development, including the self-explanatory Captain Ahab and Superkid concepts, as well as Annie, a coming-of-age tale about a piece of produce.

More information about Brazen Animation can be found on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

  • William Bradford

    Very charming from all angles: haha not least of which the music it’s timed to

  • Pretty cool that these guys are getting all this publicity so early in the game.

    That being said, I’m really creeped out about all this, since my animation professor worked at Reel FX with Bryan and he was talking about him in class yesterday, then suddenly I’m seeing Brazen Animation blowing up the animator’s corner of the internet… something is happening… I just don’t know what…

  • TStevens

    It is still a pretty rocky situation for both commercial and feature animation in this country. The commercial world has grown extremely competitive over the years with just about anyone being able to enter the fray. And the feature world… well, look at the number of features being produced and by who and that will tell you where the money and the marketing is.

    I respect them for trying to form an independent studio. However, even with a small crew of 10 to 15 people, they will have to bring in billings of at least 1 million to 2 million a year to cover costs.

  • dudeman

    Texas also has no state income tax, and some business friendly tax-incentives. If there’s any region can compete with Vancouver/Pacific Northwest to be the next California in animation, my money’s on Texas..

    • Not Worth It

      For the sake of humanity I hope not. It might be a great place to own a business, but it’s not to work for one. Kiss decent pay and benefits good bye! And yeah, that weather, ooooffff.

  • Gemm

    It’s not “real animation”, just like how CGI can’t be just as beautiful as 2D and 3D-printing is not real “stop motion”.


    • HyperRealEyeofWBlake

      An artist makes choices, and if s/he’s using a computer, s/he’s making choices on top of mechanized math and language systems. If you don’t know your assistants, you get crappy animation. Flash is not comparable to the tradition of the industrial CGI mathematics and programming. That is a living ecology that is always going and going. Flash is just a weird etch a sketch you can’t smash open. I know that CG is using an interface to author and view a document in who’s true format I know how to read. Whats the equation of that weird Flash paintbrush? If I can’t lick those hairs, how can I relax and perform?

      • cole

        If you are still talking about one “tool” being better than another “tool.” You obviously aren’t looking at the artist wielding the tool, which is kind of the point of the article.

  • haikitteh

    That film is an adorable calling card. Charming character, bold black & white, great song choice. Hope they’ll do well!

  • Moot9

    Flash is a tool. Animation produced using Flash doesn’t have to look like it was made with Flash. The end result depends on the talent, skill and effort of the animator.

  • D. Harry

    Has that Michel Gagne flavor!

  • Barrett

    Dat weather tho…..

  • Barrett

    If that was Flash, I couldn’t tell, and I’ve done Flash-based animation for a decade. It was really well done, I hope they do well, even if they are located in a city I’d never want to set foot in.

  • The Flame?

    I understand you guys are former RFX heads, but did you have to take their logo with you?