Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, MK12 is a design and filmmaking collective with acclaim in both commercial and artistic arenas. Founded in 2000 as a means to produce original content, MK12 has evolved into a full-service creative studio, adapting their unique brand of filmmaking to title sequence design, game cinematics & promotion, music videos, and network and advertising projects, amongst other creative endeavors.
MK12’s work constantly challenges the boundaries between narrative structure and experimental storytelling though juxtapositions of live action, graphic design, nostalgic influence and new technologies. Their experimental & short film catalogue has been featured in many international film festivals and exhibitions including Sundance, South by Southwest, the Sao Paulo Biennial, the Zurich design Museum, The Walker Arts Center, Art Basel, Prix Ars Electronica and the Mile High Horror Film Festival, which awarded them a “Most Innovative Short Film” title for their entry Follow the Sun in 2011. Similarly, in 2010 they received a ‘Best Experimental Film’ award from the Miami Short Film Festival for their film Telephoneme, and in 2006, their film Overload — a collaboration with NY-based painter Brian Alfred — was inducted into the Guggenheim’s permanent collection.
MK12’s success on the film festival circuit has lead to their involvement in many large-scale commercial projects, including title sequence design and in-film FX for films like Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner and Stranger than Fiction, and music videos for Hot Hot Heat, Guided by Voices and Common’s single Go, which earned them an MTV Video Music Award nomination for ‘Best Hip Hop Video’ in 2005. Their collaborative video for Jack White and Alicia Keys’ single Another Way to Die earned them a Grammy nomination in the ‘Best Short Form Music Video’ category in 2009.
MK12 has also been involved in several game promotions, most recently for EA’s SSX Snowboarding, Harmonix’s Beatles & Green Day Rock Band entries as well as Microsoft’s flagship Xbox game Alan Wake.
In 2003, MK12 joined forces with Los Angeles-based production company The Ebeling Group, who continue to represent and produce for the studio.