Located in beautiful Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, Twiddle Productions is a unique animation, game, and multimedia studio. Our work have been featured on television, in schools, and film festivals around the world, and is as diverse as our multi faceted, multi cultural workforce. We work hard to bring a fresh perspective and vision to each project we do whether its creating cultural based content or fun and thought provoking animation and marketing materials.
We may be located in the middle of of the Pacific Ocean but our Teams experience is just as vast.
Twiddle Productions specializes in bringing amazing stories to life from around the world. Our across the board production experience in Animation and Game design allows us to bring a fresh and innovative approach to each project we do while being both schedule and budget conscious to fit our clients needs.
Here is a small sampling of just a few projects our crew has been involved with
•Brushy One String’s “Chicken in the Corn” animated music video
•Local Hawai’i based animated commercials
•“Asockolypse” a twisted take on end of the world shenanigans.
•Ola Nā Iwi: “Hā loa” a Hawaiian language based animated short film focusing on the story of how the first Hawaiian came to be.
•“E Ho’o mau!” an award winning Hawaiian cultural film and science curriculum project featuring three animated short films, 9 science books and 3 graphic novels.
•HITA: Maisa, the Chamoru Girl who saves Guahan. A classic legend from Guam brought to life with animation and live action elements.
• Nickelodeons “Angry Beavers”
•Comedy Centrals “Kid Notorious” starring the legendary producer of “The Godfather” and “Chinatown” Mr. Robert Evans.
•The “Cosmos Chaos!” two part educational RPG Nintendo DS game for struggling fourth grade readers.
•Warner Brothers “Johnny Test”
Meet a few of our Team members
Michael Q. Ceballos
CEO/ Founder/ Director/ Executive Producer/Art Director
Twiddle Productions is headed up by Michael Q. Ceballos, a veteran of the animation and game industries, with over 20 years of experience under his belt. Among his many diverse projects, there are a few notable highlights. At Nickelodeon, he honed his skills on the cult hit, The Angry Beavers, as lead character designer and supervisor. He also worked with legendary film producer Robert Evans, who produced, The Godfather and Chinatown, on his animated biographic show for comedy central, Kid Notorious. In 2005 Mr. Ceballos relocated to Honolulu, Hawai‘i where he art directed and cowrote two RPG educational games for struggling 4th grade readers at PREL in Honolulu, entitled Cosmos Chaos!™ for the Nintendo DS system. He also created and produced the award winning E Ho’omau! animated series of films and educational books. All three EHo’omau! Animated short films were highlighted extensively throughout 2011 and 2013 by both the Hawaii International Film Festival, Ohina film festival, Honolulu Academy, Kids First Film Festival, and The Smithsonian's Hawaiian Festival in NYC 2013. In 2011 his film Why Mā ui snared the Sun won best
animation at the Guam International Film Festival. In 2013 Mr. Ceballos formed Twiddle Productions Inc. in Honolulu , Hi. and directed and produced Ola Na Iwi: Hā loa an animated short film telling the origins of the Hawaiian people. Most recently Mr. Ceballos has just completed the short film Maisa the Chamoru girl who save Guåhan which is based on a traditional Chamoru legend from Guam and a pilot titled Asockalypse! which follows the end of the world shenanigans of sock puppet survivors. Currently he is directing Sosse and The Daredevils of Sassoun based on the the Armenian legend of David of Sassoun.
Executive Producer/ Co-Founder
Ty was born and raised in Hawaii and has worked in the computer animation and video game industries for 17 years. He worked for such companies as Sun Microsystems, Lucas Digital Entertainment, and Konami Computer Entertainment, among others and has shipped highly successful titles such as Star Wars Star Fighter, Dance Dance Revolution, TMNT and ESPN Extreme Skateboarding, for a variety of platforms, including PC, XBOX, PS2, XBOX 360 and the Nintendo GBA/DS.
In 2006 Ty joined Aloha Island Inc. as a producer, and produced two educational games for the Nintendo DS platform. These games proved not only that games were a viable educational tool, but that education and entertainment could be successfully combined to make a viable product. Ty also ran his own video game company, 808 Interactive, which specialized in online game development for the Asia region, serving clients such as Sanrio and Outblaze. 808 Interactive primarily specialized in Software Engineering services and worked on a variety of titles including large MMO’s. Ty attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, with an emphasis on Computer Animation and Film, and holds an MBA degree from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom
Mathew Kawika Ortiz
Concept Artist/Art Director/Storyboards/ Backgrounds
Mr. Matthew Kawika Ortiz is a Hawaiʻi-based artist who specializes in storyboards, illustration, graphic design,and printmaking. Mr. Ortiz recently illustrated the childrenʼs book Mohala Mai ʻo Hau, which was awarded the bronze medal for the 2010 international Moonbeam Childrenʼs Book Awards and a Ka Palapala Poʻokela award nominee. Mr. Ortiz started out his career interning and creating conceptual art for the Warner Brothers feature film Superman Returns, he also storyboarded for all three “E Hoʻomau!” films and is recently completed background designs on Twiddle Productions “Ola Nā Iwi: Hāloa short animated flm.
Cherise is a Hawai'i-based artist and animator who’s work can be seen in many diverse projects such as the Universal Studios 3D Ride "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem", and the 3D animated Looney Tunes short, "I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat”, “Veggie Tales”, and the Discovery Channels “Dinosaur Revolution”Cherise has also taught animation at Kapi'olani Community College and 'Iolani School.
Kai Lono started his career out of high school in animation as a intern on the E Hoomau Hawaiian legend animated project. He soon became the Background lead and set the Background style for E Hoomau: The Menehune and The Birds which screens locally at HIFF and festivals across the country. In addition to his background in animation, Kai is also a musician and illustrator.
Twiddle Creative Partners
Kimo Armitage is an award winning playwright and children's book author. He has written and edited over 20 books, mostly for children, in Hawaiian and English. He published his first novel, The Healers, with the University of Hawai‘i Press in February 2016 which uses traditional Hawaiian themes and techniques. He received his doctoral degree in creative writing from the University of Hawai‘i. His poetry draws upon the rich stories of his youth spent in Hale‘iwa, Hawai‘i, where he was raised by his maternal grandparents.
Artist/ Sosse Executive Producer
Hailing from Pasadena, California, Arpi Krikorian started her artistic endeavors at a young age when she attended the Art Center College of Design’s (ACCD) High School program. Shortly afterwards, she was accepted into their undergraduate program and received a BA in illustration. Four years later, an internship led to a full time artist on staff position at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Ca. where she worked as a storyboard artist for The Angry Beavers. In addition to Beavers she also worked on other NickToon hits like Hey Arnold, CatDog and Dora the Explorer.
In 2012, Arpi refocused her artistic skills to create Arpi Krikorian Designs where she has successfully created both artwork and product showcasing the Armenian culture. It was this change in her artistic career that once again brought her full circle as an Executive Producer alongside Twiddle Productions Inc. on Sosse and The Daredevils of Sassoun whose visuals will be based on her Armenian artwork and style.
KEITH KACZOREK is a writer and producer with over 20 years of professional experience. He began his career at MTV writing for the groundbreaking comedy game show “Remote Control” as well as Spring Break specials and “Beavis & Butt-Head.” He has since written comedy and animation for FBC, ABC, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, the Disney Channel, Disney TV Animation, Jim Henson Productions and Spike TV among others. He was co-developer and executive story editor for five seasons on Nickelodeon’s “The Angry Beavers” cartoon show and wrote for NBC’s “Las Vegas.” He’s frequently collaborated with Barry Stringfellow and has also created promos for MTV, Nickelodeon and Nick At Nite. Like The Dude in “The Big Lebowski” he abides in Los Angeles and has a rug that really brings his living room together.