Who We Are


The owners of Animation & Effects have extensive experience working on feature films and high-end television commercials. Our key technicians also have decades of experience in motion picture and television production.

For the last 20 years, Animation & Effects has brought professional standards and unique vision to our business communication projects. We are able to draw upon the talent and ability of well seasoned personnel to ensure that we always deliver the highest quality projects to our clients.


About the Principals

  Terry O'Brien - Producer

Terry began his career as a freelance director in Los Angeles. He created visual effects for commercials for Proctor & Gamble, Nissan and Paramount Pictures while working for many of Hollywood's leading effects production companies

Terry directed major portions of CBS on-air promotion campaigns for two seasons. He has also directed four motion graphic campaigns for HBO and it's subsidiary, Cinemax. Departing Hollywood to join the optical department at Industrial Light & Magic, Terry worked on major motion pictures including “Back to the Future II”, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and “The Abyss.”

When an opportunity arose to produce a graphics package for Disney Television In 1991, Terry and Kathleen formed their own commercial production company, Animation & Effects. Terry has produced projects at Animation & Effects for the last twenty years.

Kathleen Swain - Director

Kathleen Swain is a Director with a background in production art for feature film, commercials and animation.

She began her career working on animated features as a background artist at the Walt Disney Studio in 1979. She did work on the films, “The Fox and the Hound”, “Mickey's Christmas Carol and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

Later she joined Industrial Light and Magic, (Lucasfilm), doing concept design art for the Disney EPCOT Center simulator ride, “Body Wars”. She did concept and production work on the feature films; “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, “Ghostbusters II”, “Joe vs. the Volcano.” Additionally, she did concept work for the Lucasfilm commercial division.

Other credits include work on Shelley Duvall's “Fairie Tale Theater”, Steven Spielberg's “Amazing Stories”, as well as many national commercials and independent films.

Since 1999 she has been the Writer/Designer and Director on all Animation & Effects' projects.

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