Meet The Animation Studio, Juggling Wolf

Animation Studios are steadily climbing the ranks of the film industry’s Most Influential Lists, challenging our perception of what innovative storytelling looks like. Memorable movies like Inside Out, ParaNorman and Coraline have made household names out of the most successful of them, Pixar and Laika.

Pixar’s successful touring exhibition, The Science Behind Pixar validates the growing public interest in the science and technology behind the magic and the creatives that bring our favorite animated movies to life.

Cinematic giants were bred somewhere, launched from small beginnings helmed by unknown creatives cloaked by these unassuming cool sounding company names.  So who are the new kids on the block? No pun intended.

I’d like to think I can predict the rise of young collectives churning out work with enough ingenuity to carry them to the main stage.  I’ve followed a local animation company whose handmade aesthetic is always captivating.  So I thought, why don’t I introduce you to them? You know – before they hit the pages of WIRED in a Cinderella-esque article that depresses me into wishing I didn’t miss the Van Gogh Boat.

Meet Juggling Wolf, a team of extraordinarily pioneering creative professionals who specialize in stop-motion.  This Philadelphia-based animation studio is the invention of Marina Gvozdeva (Video Editor), Ian Foster (Cinematographer) and Jason Chen (Color Grading Artist).


Juggling Wolf: Jason Chen, Marina Gvozdeva, and Ian Foster

Out of their imaginations pool cleverly quirky meets cute videos that attract clients like Anthropologie and Popsicle; companies known for wooing the public with attractive doses of nostalgia and whimsy.

Now, this is where I ‘could’ have inserted a short reworked summary of their website’s ‘About Us’ page –most are planned to be the educational equivalent to a brief snooze in class. To our delight, Juggling Wolf’s is a classic old school dating profile – it reads better than anything we could have stated.  It pretty much speaks to why we’re obsessed with the company in the first place.

Name: Juggling Wolf

My Self Summary: I am an Animation Studio
Location: Philadelphia and New York
What am I doing with my life: Animating
I am really good at: Stop Motion Animation
The first things people usually notice about me: My handmade aesthetic
Favorite Books: The Animator’s Survival Kit
Favorite Movies: Click Here
Favorite Shows: Truly Detectives
Favorite Music: BBC1 Essential Mix
Favorite Food: Pho
The six things I can never do without: Lights, Cameras, Actions, After Effects, DragonFrame, Clients
I spend a lot of time thinking about: What’s for dinner?
On a typical Friday night I am: Animating
The most private thing I am willing to admit: I am not keen on writing bios
I am looking for: Clients who like animators – ages 0 – ∞ for long-term, short-term business relations.