Edgar is an EMMY award-winning editor, motion designer, VFX artist, and colorist with over 20 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, Brewer Science, 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.
Over the years, Liz has honed her film and event production management skills working as a commercial producer, talent buyer, and more. She brings her industry and small business management experience to rukus to provide informed administrative support to the team, projects, and clients. She has a life-long passion for promoting creative work which led her to co-founding an artist services non-profit as well as two creative collectives. However, Liz’s first love is music. She has worked in St. Louis and New York as a talent buyer, event producer, college radio promoter, publicist, and moonlighted as a tour manager.
Loves:Nature documentaries, doing too much, contemporary visual art, dinner with friends.
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.
Childhood memories in his father’s recording studio, intermingle with corn fields and baseball games. Collector/accumulator of whatever he can’t stop thinking about on any given week.
Spent years on tour busses as a musician, tech, or recordist (Luke Bryan, Cold War Kids, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Little Bigtown, Third Day). Settled in as a composer and sound designer (Purina, McDonalds, John Deere, Budweiser, Enterprise) Still plays on a baseball team.
Loves: New things, Useless info., Spending time with my wife and son, Gear (of any sort), Dry humor.
When Norm’s music professor advised him to leave the university he first thought: was it something I played? Much to his surprise, his professor’s intention was to instill the importance of seizing opportunities when you have them. Norm has since taken that advice and run with it for the entirety of his career. After spending the following years drumming his way through almost every major city in North America and Europe, he has moved forward focusing his efforts in managing audio production for various concert venues in St Louis while teaching both drum lessons and yoga. The flexibility of his experience, literally and figuratively, makes him a natural facilitator for creative communities.
Loves:Great conversation, making friends, staying active, cat cuddling!
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