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Almost Gold Opens Its Doors in Chicago


From left: Linas Jodwalis, Tom Leonard and Matthew Egan.
From left: Linas Jodwalis, Tom Leonard and Matthew Egan.
Creative director Linas Jodwalis announced the launch of Almost Gold, a new design-driven production studio featuring director Matthew Egan and Tom Leonard as executive producer. The Chicago-based shop is positioning itself to provide concept-to-completion creativity for the advertising and entertainment industries.

“We love working on the integrity of the idea, using creative intuition and respect for brand voice to develop the most captivating and effective results,” said Egan. “With Almost Gold we have built an environment where ideas and opportunity can thrive, and we are excited to share that with clients.”

An inaugural team member of Motion Theory, Jodwalis was integral to commercial and music video shoots for HP, Reebok, Beck, SyFy Channel and Velvet Revolver. Returning to Chicago as director of 3D at Digital Kitchen, Jodwalis worked on projects for a range of clients including Coke, Target, PBS and McDonald’s. It was at Digital Kitchen that he first worked with Egan, developing the creative shorthand that ultimately lead to the development of Almost Gold. Jodwalis collaborated on projects with MK12, Thornberg & Forester, Decoy and Radar Studios, followed by tenures at Vitamin Pictures, where he was art director and head of 3D, and Method Studios, where he led the VFX department.

With a background in visual art, Egan started as an editor and expanded into directing. He has directed projects for Target, Jim Beam, Kellogg’s, Nintendo and writer/executive producer Derek Haas.

During his career in the advertising and entertainment industries, Leonard has served as producer, executive producer and director of business development. Leonard brings to Almost Gold a combination of expertise in strategy, branding and PR, with a fluency in production, design, VFX and editorial. He has worked with companies including NBC, Rhythm & Hues, Pittard Sullivan and Imaginary Forces. On the creative side, he has worked with artists such as Wim Wenders, John Dykstra, Sean Penn and Frank Oz.

Almost Gold’s studio is located in the Hubbard Street Artists Lofts in the West Town/Fulton Market neighborhood of Chicago.

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