Edgar is a creative editor, motion designer, VFX artist, and colorist with over 18 years of experience in post production. Before relocating to the Midwest, this Puerto Rico native spent 12 years collaborating with top-of-the-line post production facilities and world-wide agencies. Since joining the St. Louis creative community, he has contributed his skills to brands like Missouri Tourism, Purina Pro Plan, McDonald’s, RadioShack, United Way, P&G, Boston Scientific, Sigma-Aldrich, Mississippi Tourism among others. Edgar’s passion for post production has earned him numerous awards from organizations like the EMMYs, TELLYs, and ADDYs.
Loves: spending time with his family, traveling to discover new places, and grilling with a beer in hand.
Some would argue that Nick has production and advertising in his genes: “We always had cameras around growing up”. He began his career as an editor at Technisonic, working with some of the best editors and motion graphic artists in the Midwest. At rukus, Nick has edited and created motion graphics for a variety of television spots, television trailers, internet commercials, and corporate videos. Brands on Nick’s resume include Sigma-Aldrich, Purina Pro Plan, Nike, Bud Light Platinum, Nestle, US Army, Pacific Gas & Electric, United Way, Mississippi Tourism, and many more.
Loves: spending time with his family, driving his John Deer Gator, and chopping wood grown on his land (like Paul Bunyan).
Since graduating from DePaul University in 2003, Michael has immersed himself into the advertising industry. His resumé includes titles such as Media Consultant, Account Coordinator, Account Executive, and Executive Producer/Co-Founder. He has been active on two boards for the United Way of Greater St. Louis, and is now the sitting President of the AAF Ad Club of St. Louis.
Over the years, Michael has cultivated lasting relationships with agencies and brands throughout the US. He developed a robust client base, launching rukus as a one-stop production house. He has worked for agencies and clients alike giving him a unique insight when it comes to the world of production. As the Managing Partner of rukus, he has learned the ins and outs of operating a successful business and he applies these practices to every rukus production.
Loves: being in a punk rock band, traveling to foreign lands, and riding his bicycle around St. Louis.
Mairin comes to rukus from the world of lab coats and petri dishes. After studying biology and chemistry at the University of Missouri, her love for all things creative led her to pursue a career in the the world of advertising and media production. In just under two years at rukus, Mairin has managed a wide range of videos and broadcast spots for brands including Missouri Tourism, Purina, Sigma-Aldrich, Mississippi Tourism, United Way, McDonald’s and NASCAR.
Loves: portraiture, any excuse for a family get-together, 70’s soul music and cheese.
Maggie is a Wisconsinite with a life-long love for visual and performing arts. She studied Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management at Columbia College in Chicago, and ventured to St. Louis just over two years ago to work for a local talent agency. It was here that she developed a foundation and interest in production and video. Maggie enjoys cultivating and maintaining relationships, whether that’s over a good cup o’ joe or a martini.
Loves: theatre, singing LOUDLY in her car, the magnificent outdoors, and family.
Majka’s resume looks more like a roadmap. Her journey to rukus has included stops in Maine, Montana, Boston, Chicago and Washington State, among others. Granted, as a student of photography, she enjoyed many of those locales from the comfort of a darkroom. That’s where Majka’s love of visual storytelling and all things creative, ahem, developed.
You know the story: Young woman studies at The Art Institute of Chicago, serves as a bartender on a naval base in Washington, explores a professional dog-walking career, and naturally lands in the creative community. Of course.
Majka’s video production capabilities and raw ability to help bring creative visions to life makes her a valuable asset at rukus. In previous roles she’s helped create award-winning video for clients local, global and most everywhere in-between.
Loves: The BBC, New York Times, hiking, live music, reading and saying hello to every dog she meets, even if it means crossing several lanes of traffic to do so.
We chose rukus because of their unique perspective and how they bring stories to life. You can see the passion for what they do in their work.
My introduction to the rukus culture began with the need to better clarify what my own shop was doing. As production became priority and post-production a strain, integrating my workflow into a new post-production structure was the most logical moment in my career. What I was trying to do, they did better and more efficiently. It isn’t just clicking buttons and dropping filters; it’s a little bit of magic that takes my intentions as a shooter and moulds them into the expectations of my project in a collaborative and forward-thinking manner.
rukus has been an important part of our success in this industry over the years. They have been true partners in taking our projects to the next level, which means everything in our business.
rukus is a band of fiercely dedicated overachievers, driven by a collaborative spirit, and drawing from a deep well of industry experience and creativity, all presented with professionalism and class.Mike ConwayCreative Director / Jump Company