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What the heck does "8 Hats High" mean?

Simple. We provide many services and therefore wear many hats.
Of course all of those services and hats offer our clients more reasons to
stick around and grow with us.

8 Hats High was originally formed to bring fun, creativity and a higher level of sophistication to the Hudson Valley through advertising, broadcast and web production services. Recently we have expanded our focus and now offer our services to advertising agencies, television production studios, and animation studios all over the East Coast. We bring our sense of fun and creativity to work with us and use it to give our clients exactly what they're looking for.

The Facility
8 Hats High animation and production is ready to help in any and all areas of production. We're here to get the job done with style.8 Hats High has recently expanded into a new facility at 23-27 West Main Street, in downtown Middletown. The new location, formerly Bull’s Opera House offers 8 Hats High the unique advantage of having a full sized video production studio in a bustling downtown setting.

With some planned renovations to the historic building, the company intends to make their studio the largest of its kind, in the Hudson Valley.

Here are some images of the new 3,000+ square foot space

The Crew

John Grimaldi Jr. - Executive Producer / Founder
John graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for computer animation in 1999 and immediately found work as a digital ink & paint/composite artist at Tapehouse Toons in New York City. He worked on many projects while there including Disney's Lizzie McGuire, Saturday Night Live, TV Funhouse and more. John left in the summer of 2001 and finished his independent video project called One World. He continued to work on independent animation and video projects until February 2004 when he founded 8 Hats HIgh Animation and Production.

Sonha Bowen - Associate Producer
Born in Korea and raised in the Bronx, Sonha made a colossal move to the Hudson Valley where she now resides. Originally a Bio-major student studying courses in anatomy and phsiology, she ventured out into the animation field never to return. Sonha joined 8 Hats High in 2006 begining as a digital ink and painter but quickly moved her way up the production pipeline. Now she is the gate keeper of many prospective talents that enter 8 Hats High while preparing projects, casting and managing clients. With her creativity (influenced by her parents and culture) she continues to strenghten her talents while bringing excitement to the animation industry.

Kyle Bennington - Digital Artist / Technical Animator

Kyle is a native of the Hudson Valley and recently graduted from Marist College in 2007 with a degree in digital media. With his experience in both 2D and 3D animation, Kyle specializes in compositing as well as 3D modeling. Kyle has worked on many projects from National Commercials to TV series and has recently added a new hat to his list of responsibilties.... Motion Capture.

Our goal is to love what we do for a living. To work in a creative enviroment where everyone works together to produce a higher quality of work for our clients. We offer services to our clients without losing sight of our independent goal - to produce our own original ideas and content for Short, TV series, and feature films.

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