It's such a little word. Until you see its potential. Then all at once, it seems precious, rare, and vulnerable. Like it might not survive the rigors of realization. But we know how to handle ideas.
Here, ideas are coaxed out of their shell and blended with magic and imagination. Here, they glow softly until, one day, they burn so brightly that they light the way to all the places your audiences have yet to see.
Masters & Savant. Be moved.
We provide campaign production services for the world's favorite brands.
As an international production hub, we're known for agile and scalable production management. Our expert teams select and manage the most dazzling production and production talent to suit your brief.
We're proud to make campaign material for any media. To handle and manage multiple specialized internal and third-party vendors seamlessly and in the background. And to deliver the caliber of sparkling client service that's kept delighted companies, agencies, and internal teams returning for over 20 years.
Our brilliant talent, favorable exchange rates, and business-friendly time zone have given our clients a business advantage.
We represent top production and post-production creative talent from South Africa and beyond.
Our stable is made up of the most brilliant animation studios and directors, motion graphics studios and directors, production companies and directors, VFX vendors, and CG supervisors. We also supply audio and digital production services, and tap into our relationships with other specialist partners, all carefully chosen to carry your project’s purpose.
- Motion Graphics
- Visual Effects
Principal, ECD - Young & Laramore, Indiana
Pick 3. It’s a well-known fact that you can’t get something quickly, well done and on budget. Pick 2, right? M&S proved us wonderfully wrong in the work they did with us for our client Goodwill. With COVID we knew the demand would be high for animation. We chose animation, not because of these constraints, but because it was the best expression of our idea. However, we were turned down a fair amount from production companies (US and International) because of the high demand. So when we ran across M&S and reached out to them, we were delighted that they were not only available to do the work for our budget, but that they were putting one of their head people on the job. Had we known about them earlier, it would’ve saved us a lot of time.
We’ve done international production before, and remote animation, so we weren’t too concerned about the South African piece. But they put us and the client at ease from Day 1. They made themselves, not just the producer, but the entire team available to our team. They put routines in place with scheduled weekly calls and an online portal to keep us all in sync throughout the process. They worked on our time-zone and actually having time lag was really great because it gave us time to review the work and collect our comments.
Process is important, but that’s not why I would recommend M&S. I’d recommend them because of the spirit they approached the project with. They were collaborative, open, and fun to work with (sounds cliché, but it’s true). They had a point of view but they also flowed with our team, even when the client was on, so we progressed through the work efficiently. They overdelivered, but didn’t make us feel it.
One unanticipated benefit they brought to the work was an international sensibility. Obviously, diversity is a key issue for all agencies today, but they are so well-versed in that culture, they naturally brought that perspective to the work. Having another viewpoint culturally helped make the work better, and more relevant.
We are excited to work with them again and can’t recommend them highly enough.
Senior Content Producer - Disney, Los Angeles
I just had a wonderful experience working with Masters & Savant on a very unique project. Their creativity is astonishing, and their partnership extremely professional. They consistently met deadlines and responded to several executive notes with a professional attitude. As a large organization, we have many chefs and I’m sure that can get confusing and frustrating, but Goddy and team at Polycat took it in stride. Also, this project had sensitivity to native Hawaiians and the team fully supported the necessity to give it an authentic feel, and proper representation of the Hawaiian culture
The animation that came out of this project will be the benchmark for future projects. When we started out with the project, I had a visualization in my mind of how it was going to turn out, and it is pretty much spot on. I want to thank everyone at Masters & Savant and Polycat for a terrific project that I’m sure our clients are going to love and appreciate for years to come.
Will St. Clair
Executive Producer - Highdive Advertising, Chicago
Masters & Savant were a true creative partner in developing a character and rolling it out into an evolving campaign of animated video content for our client.
From inception through delivery, they ensured the creative integrity, humor and personality of the concepts and rolled with every iteration and curveball that came our way.
COO/CMO - Energy Ogre, Houston
It was such a joy working with the team at Masters & Savant. They demonstrated a thorough understanding of our goals in messaging and bringing our mascot to life, which isn’t easy to do when you are an ogre!
They were prompt with deliverables even with a tight timeline. Highly recommended!.
Founder and CEO - Willis Collaborative, New York
For the past three years Masters & Savant has played an integral role in our ability to deliver exceptional creative to our global Fortune 1000 clients.
Their ability to understand the creative needs of a given campaign quickly, produce extraordinary results on tight schedules regardless of the treatment, and do so at competitive costs are why we’ve continued to increase the amount of work we do with them each year.
In fact, in the case of one of our clients, we are now their number one video vendor thanks in large part to Masters & Savant’s extraordinary efforts.
Masters & Savant lives and breathes our client promise of volume, velocity and variety. They’re an incredible partner and I wholeheartedly recommend them.
Creative Director - Hub Strategy & Communication, Philadelphia
I’ve worked with M&S on various projects and they have all been dealt with and executed to the highest standards. No matter what we throw at them, they come at it with vigour and a creative spirit we love.
We think of M&S as partners, not just a production company. We’ve found ways to deal with our time zone differences so we never miss a beat and keep everything moving along swiftly and smoothly.
Brand Director - Hub Strategy & Communication, San Francisco
Masters & Savant has been our go-to animation partner for all of our Stanford client work. They were able to create a very intricate watercolour illustration style and emulate that we developed for static use but seamlessly bring it to life in animation.
With every video, we start M&S off with very little info (a script) and they totally bring the concept to life from the very early stages and we rely on them for visual write-ups, storyboards, animatics and then bringing it all to life with animation – they’re quick to pick up on the brief and what we’re trying to do.
Aside from the great work, they’re very flexible in working with us: they’re able to staff projects in a way to move quickly, and they are always accommodating to us being long-distance from them (usually staying online late in the day to have a quick call with us when we get into the office).
One big reason we’ve had budget to do as many videos as we have with M&S is the cost efficiency we have with them, especially for the quality of the work – and they always come in on budget (and are willing to work with us on the budget even if we push things to the limit). Creatively, our creative directors have meshed really well with the M&S creative team and they seem to be on the same page / have a similar vision, which is not always easy to find with a partner.
Not only have the videos to date won awards, but we and the client are very happy and proud of the work done to date with M&S.
VP, Executive Producer - Jack Morton, Chicago
The output was stunning and even more beautiful than we could’ve imagined. It was amazing to wake up and receive work that was “completed overnight”
M&S delivered on our many rounds of changes. We appreciated their patience!
Managing Director - Kwesé Entertainment, Pan Africa
In a broadcast career spanning more than 25 years, working with Masters & Savant has been a highlight. In our experience, Masters & Savant are solution orientated, smart, responsive, inventive, passionate about the work (but not precious), and highly collaborative.
And as if all of that isn’t enough, they are truly fun to work with.
Business Unit Director (Unilever) - Digitas Liquorice, Durban
The Masters and Savant team share our appetite for innovation and have been instrumental in bringing to life the creative concept our team has developed for our brand OMO, protecting its integrity and supporting us throughout.
Their level of skill, not only in the craft but in the production support is outstanding and they have supported us in tightening timing plans but have not compromised on delivering creative excellence at the end of the project. They have provided competitive costings which are broken down easily for the client’s procurement department and we have felt supported in getting the cost in budget as well as a great rationale on all costs.
I am very impressed with the level of professionalism in all aspects of the services they have provided to us and they have always been willing to work through challenges with us, creating the feeling of ‘one team’.
Head of Production - VMLY&R, Johannesburg
Working with M&S is a treat and an amazing experience. They are great collaborators and exceptional artists. They produce beautifully crafted and incredible work.
I loved working with the Masters Team and look forward to our next project.
Executive Producer - Goodby Silverstein and Associates, Los Angeles
I’d been wanting to work with M&S for a few years now and lucked out when M&S and the Albino Creations team were interested in working with us on a new fresh campaign that was just a shell needing somebody. As partners, they helped us take our concepts and expand them to a full campaign. They brought us new ideas, found smart and efficient creative solutions to help us bring more spots to the table, and never waivered on the expectations we all set for ourselves.
The team is always on time, has excellent creative problem solvers, and executed every element of the campaign with ease. Our creatives loved working with them and helped to bring an engaging workflow to the project. This could have been a massive challenge, but M&S was a collaborative partner that I would work with again and again. I can’t wait for the next one.