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.

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'm a creative director who has had his hands in everything. Starting out in broadcast television, then moving to managing a cable channel as a program manager and then producing video in the corporate arena. I took those years of everything video and formed my own company in 1994, concentrating on 3D mixed with video. I've worked with major corporations such as McDonald's, Abbott, Baxter, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Gartner, United Airlines and multiple NASA divisions to name a few. In that time I also formed a successful e-commerce learning site, built one of the largest photography studios in the Chicago area, and authored 15 books. What I do today is take 20+ years of hands-on creative, design, 3D, and video and work directly with organizations large and small to build brand messages. I'm a content producer and creator, supporting integrated marketing developers and their creative goals.

Resume

My work experiences


20 Years

Principal | Senior Creative Director - AGA Digital

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

 • Build and help transition clients from paid to owned and earned with digital strategy and creative content. • Founded and maintain an eCommerce learning website to enhance distant learning sales with revenue growth of over 
1MM since 2003.

 • Launch regular online campaigns for sales and brand awareness. • Lead creative and production teams, collaborate on multi-channel 
projects with agencies and producers. Manage multi-layered 
projects from concept to completion. 

• Regularly, pitch, win and retain new business from blue chip 
clients because of deep creative knowledge and experience.

 • Trusted advisor to C-level executives seeking sound
 communications counsel on managing reputation, brand 
and/or business impact with creative.

 • Plan and execute creative and social media programs for brand 
awareness, and to gain marketshare. Perform hands-on approach for all SEO, social and web marketing.
 
 • Global experience working with companies and artist teams in the U.K, Germany, and Japan.

 • Identify and successfully recruit top talent, motivate and develop staff at all levels. Support contract talent with creative direction.

 • Excellent presentation skills with regular lectures to agencies and 
schools such as APCO Worldwide, NASA, Dell, Reebok, 
Hallmark, and University of Notre Dame. 


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.

17

Clients

Abbott Abbvie ABC 7 New York Allstate APCO Worldwide Frito Lay Sara Lee NASA United Airlines Navistar AC Neilson Advanced Wireless, Inc. American Forest & Paper Association American Dental Association Alcom Allstate Insurance AMS Ron Ascher Productions AT Kearney Auto Nation Better Homes & Gardens Blue Cross & Blue Shield Bowne Candee Productions Campus Insiders Christie Video Crystal Tree Country Club Culligan Water Destiny Health SOS Rhino Organization American Medical Association Dell Diagnostic Testing Centers of America Edelman Public Relations Enesco Electrolux Equality Illinois Equant Federal Aviation FOX-TV Minneapolis Administration First Card Fleming FMC Fried Kier Productions Gartner Global Business Policy Council Gleason Chevy GMAC Hallmark Houshold Finance HFMA Healthcare Financial Keurig Management Association Hyatt Hotels IGA Grocers International Trucks Johnson & Johnson Nortel Networks ITL Kemper Insurance Klein Video Productions Komatsu Kray Media Lante LTI Technologies LifeCell Lucent McDonalds MobilTech Motorola NBTY Nextel Northrup Grumman Northwestern University Medical New York Lottery OmniGroup ABC News 30 One Smooth Stone Pace Motor Sports Pepsico Pinnacle Advertising PS America Publicis Red Rocket Media Republic Services Rockenbach Chevy Sanchez Healy Seitz Video Productions Speedway Super America The Chapel Tenneco Titan Spine TCA Mass Mutual Toyoda Corp Trex Viva Lundin Visions Multimedia Washington Eagles Wendys Corp WilsonArt Wrigley Company WNDU-TV / NBC South Bend Yaskawa

  • "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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