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

I spend most my time collaborating on film projects, producing videos, & helping clients create a variety of other branded content.

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

It's also been featured by NBC, Reel Chicago, & Fast Company, among others.

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

If you're interested in collaborating, please feel free to email me for more info about future projects.

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

In 2015, we expanded into a small digital agency + multimedia shop, which balances my hands-on DIY approach with my background in corporate advertising for the best of both worlds.

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

Lately, I’ve been especially curious about paleo lifestyle, analog vs. digital, evolutionary biology -> tech-singularity, the benefits of psychonautics on productivity, & mobile-only media platforms like Snapchat.

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I have a degree in philosophy & in literature from Colgate, I run every day, and 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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