Hi, thanks for visiting -- I'm Travis, aka Crankstrap.

I spend most my time producing videos, collaborating on films, taking pictures, & helping clients create a variety of branded content.

Some of the companies I've worked with this year include the Chicago Bulls, Lollapalooza, Sprite, Volkswagen, AT&T, & the Chicago White Sox.

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My stop motion campaign for the Bulls won the NBA's Digital Content of the Year in 2016 & received back-to-back nominations for the 8th Annual (2016) + 9th Annual Shorty Awards (2017).

It was also covered by NBC, Reel Chicago, & Fast Company, among others. During the 2017-18 season, BullsTV produced this behind-the-scenes video about our creative process.

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In 2005, I founded Crankstrap Productions, a small video production company based in Chicago.

A decade later, we expanded into a boutique digital agency + multimedia shop that combines my hands-on DIY approach with my experience in corporate advertising.

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Recently, I've been busy exploring abandoned places around the Midwest in preparation for my short film, Analog Music Armor, which we shot last summer.

If you're interested in brainstorming and / or wanna discuss how I might be helpful for you, please email me.

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Work aside, I read + write + listen to as much music as possible.

Lately, I’ve been especially curious about analog vs. digital, evolutionary biology -> tech-singularity, psychonautics x productivity x creativity, paleo lifestyle, blockchain-based optimism, & mobile-only media platforms.

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I have a degree in philosophy + in literature from Colgate University, I run most days, & every once in a while I experiment with a 25-hour circadian rhythm, which never ends well.

I live with my border collie, Meadow, in Wicker Park, Chicago.

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