We are a tight team of seasoned creatives. Creative directors. Art directors. Writers. Producers. Directors. Editors. Designers. Animators. And VFX artists.
We’ve helped our clients launch over 300 products/services in the last five years alone. Big budgets. Small budgets. Comprehensive integrated campaigns. Expendable little bits and bites. Most with tight timelines and a litany of creative assets for various channels.
As a team, we love. We listen. We empathize. We take the work seriously, and ourselves, not so much. And we never settle.
Curt Fleming | CEO / Partner
Curt steers the ship while playing an active role in strategy, creative, and concept development for our clients. From idea inception through scripting, boards and animatics, this is where Curt thrives. Big ideas. Big impact. Big results. He preaches being singularly focused. Specialization. Best in class. And working with great people who want to do great things for great clients. It’s a simple formula that’s been a guiding principle for 20 years now. And when things start to feel comfortable or formulaic, he makes sure we strip it all away and reset because “greatness never comes from a place of comfort”. Curt ensures we have the foundations for success, the right teams, the right technologies, the right amount of fun, a safe place to fail, and just enough juice to make us nervous—which is where brilliance, scrappy, and efficiency lies.
Scott Fleming | Director / Partner
Scott heads all things live action at Merit/Andrew. Big multi-year campaigns. Small product launches. And everything in between. This starts with a strategic overview of the project/the campaign and the goals, then quickly turns to creative. Business goals are met with mind-blowing creative solutions. Right brain→Left brain. Scott is a hands-on creative who also thrives on the collaboration with our deep bench of directors/film-makers–always ensuring that we have the right people on the right projects. A graduate of the Vancouver Film School, Scott has been making magic behind the camera almost his entire life. And he attests that his best work, our best work, is always ahead of us.
Caroline Scott | Head of Production / Partner
Big C brings it all to life. On brief. On time. On budget. Exceeding expectations and managing the people and the process—effortlessly. She’s been the “/” in Merit/Andrew since 2002 as the unsung hero that brings it all together. Over 1,000 productions under her belt, she’s helped prep Will Farrell as a high school football coach, rocked out to AC/DC with Rob Riggle, had pistachios with R Lee Ermey, and been yelled at by Jane Lynch. Robert Mondavi called her “nails” (affectionately, of course). That stuck. Because if you want to know what it takes to be successful in this business. Nails.
Jake Klarkowski | Producer
Jake can be found anywhere the work sends him. He’s Caroline’s right hand making it happen behind the scenes on the big stuff and front and center on the other stuff. Jake was a tour manager for October Fall before getting into the film industry. We hired Jake as an AD on a WD-40/R Lee Ermey job back in 2010 and that was it. From 1-day product shoots to 40-day multi-state commercial beasts, Jake gets it done (flawlessly) with a laugh and a smile. He’s got that Chicago work ethic and sensibility with an LA creative lens and the no-nonsense “get it done” of NYC.
Jason Rapp | Head of Animation
Animation is a major component of what we do here at Merit/Andrew. If you can dream it up, Jason knows how to create it. And if you have no ideas at all, well, he’ll dream that up, too. He’s always hands-on with his sleeves rolled-up. He can’t help it and we love that—because when others cannot, he can. Jason and his team are skilled in the arts of VFX, 2D animation, and 3D animation for broadcast, digital and experiential. Jason works the most complex software in the industry and struggles with email and Google calendar. He’s also terrible at spelling. So, you know he’s a CG rock star.
Michael Belanger | Editor & Head of IT
Michael is the man that makes the machine work – the proverbial man behind the curtain. An experienced Avid and Premiere editor, Michael is a multi-faceted Swiss Army knife in post. He can play a leading role as editor or as support. He’s a consummate storyteller and creative and that’s where we like him. But he’s also the glue that makes post work. Our systems are complex and leading edge. Centralized servers for editorial and animation with distributed workflow from anywhere in the world. A massive render farm. Quantum storage. He keeps them running at our co-lo in Orange County, CA. Michael might be behind-the-scenes, but his work ensures every scene is perfection on the big screen.