Thank you for stopping by. I'm Dan Ablan and I'm a 23 year Chicago native working in Creative Content which includes 3D, video, photography, augmented reality, publishing, digital and web technology. Health, Tech, and Consumer Product Goods are just some of my clients.

Services

This is what I do


  • DESIGN

    Listening to the client, being transparent, and learning their brand to understand the goal helps build the best content for ads, marketing, or public relations.

  • STRATEGY

    Strategy requires having a goal. Obtaining that goal is simple when you have an excellent roadmap planned out, with the right team.

  • TELL THE STORY

    Building creative content for clients is about telling a story. As a published author and seasoned creative working in all aspects of production and design, I'm able to do this every time.

  • BRING IT TO LIFE

    Nothing pleases me more than to see the client's face when it all comes together. Their message, their brand, their story - built with the best creative content they could ask for.

My Process

How I do what I do


PLAN

My business process is a collection of structured activities. I'm transparent, honest and can find the right creative solution for my clients.

BUILD

Once the business is won, I build content. Combining graphics, photography, video, or 3D. Add to that top voice over talent, and audio.

TEST

In a creative business, there will always be changes. This is why I continually preview, test, tweak and make sure the client message and brand is fully represented.

LAUNCH

When it's all done - launch. Cross platform from simple DVD to mobile phone, tablet, web, and custom display, the work I create is adaptable to any device.

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I'm a fast, effective & responsive creative architect for you and your agency.

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  • What I do
  • pitch and win business
  • creative direction
  • production
  • 3D animation
  • photography
  • graphic design
  • lecture and teach
  • published author
  • technology geek

About me

Dan Ablan


I have 23 years of deep multimedia expertise combined with the mind-set of an account director and business owner. It’s difficult to pinpoint a title for my career as I’m a creative director, author, photographer, 3D animator, trainer, and business leader. It’s this knowledge base that gives me the edge over others and strengthens my management skills; I love learning new tools and software, even if it that means drinking three or four cups of hazelnut coffee to keep going! I can mentor entry level associates or educate CEOs on strategy, concept, digital or emerging technology. I’ve managed teams from summer interns to 25 artists working on a broadcast television show. 
I love creative challenges and I’m ready to go to the mattresses for my team, my company, and my clients.

Creative Director

Creative Director for top brands

Production Director

Video and Post Production since 1989

3D Animator

Since 1990, before it was popular

Author

15 published books.

Entrepreneur

Launched three businesses since 1994

Thought Leader

Lecture and teach

Resume

My work experiences


20 Years

Principal | Senior Creative Director - AGA Digital

Built and manage day to day operations of a boutique 
 multimedia agency with concentration in 3D, video, post-production, photography, digital development and motion graphics for brand communications.

 Included with this is an eCommerce training website, founded in 2003, which quickly became the leader in software specific video training.

10 Years

Founder & Creative Lead - 3DGARAGE.com

Created and maintain a successful online training eCommerce site. Produce, teach, edit and sell video training tutorials for 3D and photographic software, such as Lightroom and Photoshop. Maintain website, online storefront, and create video title graphics.

5 Years

Certified Professional Photographer

Certification is given to only 3% of the photographers in the United States. This arm of my work concentrates on Fashion, Glamour, HS Seniors, Pets, Family Photography. Photography for commercial and 3D applications.

4 Years

Video Author - Lynda.com

Author of educational, online software video training tutorials for Lynda.com

17 Years

Author - Peachpit Publishing

Author of 15 books on computer graphics and digital imaging. Books are published in 6 languages across the globe: (some with Thompson Course PTR | Sybex)

2 Years

Editor-in-Chief

Editor in Chief of Keyframe Magazine and HDRI 3D Magazine, an internationally published trade for digital graphic professionals. Managed writers and editors. Approved layouts for print and worked directly with contributing artists.

3 Years

Senior Video Producer - UCC

Produced corporate informational videos for this national franchising corporation. Worked directly with the CFO, CEO and brand managers to develop quarterly video training tapes. Generated multimedia content for bi-annual sales and service conferences.

3 Years

Program Manager - Prime Cable

Produced and developed new content for two local cable channels, which included advertising sales, video production and studio management. Managed production staff, both full time and freelance. Prepared annual budgets, generated equipment purchase orders, oversaw production department equipment, installation, and operation.

3 Mo

Photographer | Editor - WLFI-TV/CBS

Responsible for 3 to 5 location shoots per day. Edited news and public awareness segments for daily broadcast.

Summer 1988

Intern - WBBM-TV/CBS Chicago

Intern at Channel 2, WBBM-TV Chicago. Booked clients for morning talk show. Worked production assistance for Taste of Chicago broadcasts.

  • "I have no hesitation in recommending Dan for his technical and leadership abilities.”

    Luis Mederos, Program Manager, SBIR / STTR
 NASA Ames Research

  • "The learning environment Dan Ablan creates is unparalleled due to his deep knowledge of the subject and his ability to help the experienced and novice alike.”

    Jeff Marchant, Physic Dept., Univ of Notre Dame

  • Dan Ablan's attention to detail, awareness of our brand standards, and ability to easily and effectively manage our medical regulations make working together a no-brainer.

    Bob Calandriello, Graphic Communications Manager, Cordis

  • "Dan is a pleasure to work with and is one of the most organized and tentative professionals I have worked with."

    Jennifer Swanson, Production Art Supervisor, 3D Studio, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

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