Keith Klein is a man of many talents; artist, designer, writer, director, producer and creative visionary. His work has touched so many different markets, over the last 30 years, that you’ve probably seen his work already and just didn’t know it.
Keith’s abilities have always exceeded his years. He began his professional career at 16, doing illustrations, and designing characters and logos for various Chicago-area busineses. At 19, he was working in an advertising agency in Chicago, creating animations, illustrations and new client pitches on million dollar accounts, while his friends were all away at college.
In the 90’s, Keith briefly left the world of advertising and worked in screen printing, creating t-shirt designs for businesses and special events. It was at this time that he began to design his own lines of t-shirts.
One of these t-shirt lines, SURFUR GURL, was based on his childhood love of Speed Racer. He fleshed the idea out into an animated pilot, which he wrote, designed, directed and did most of the voices for.
The plan was to get it on MTV’s, Liquid Television, but they canceled the show before Keith finished the pilot. He shelved it, knowing someday he’d come back to it one day.
In 2001, Keith was hired by the company who invented the Happy Meal, to secure the Star Wars cereal premium license from Lucasfilm for their client, General Mills. He won it over all the other cereal companies and got invited to Skywalker Ranch in June, 2001, where he watched an early cut of the film, got taken on a tour of The Ranch and met George Lucas.
When he returned from that trip, Keith decided it was time to leave his hometown of Chicago and move to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of starting his own animation studio, and producing his own stories and characters, beginning with SURFUR GURL.
It took some time to sell his house and even longer to sell everything in it. During this time, he produced a two-part horror comic book called, AUTUMN MOON, based on a horror movie script Keith had written.
His passion for screen printing was resurrected in recent years with the advent of the new, “print-on-demand technology”, which allows customers to purchase one item at a time, instead of having to produce product ahead of time, warehouse it and ship it.
Keith digitally recreated the original SURFUR GURL T-Shirt designs and has added several new ones, which are available on a bunch of different items; t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, posters and coffee mugs, for sale now in THE OFFICIAL SURFUR GURL STORE.
In addition to pursuing our own creative endeavors, KEITH KLEIN STUDIOS also PRODUCES ANIMATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL CLIENTS. Our creative team consists of top industry professionals who’ve worked on several well-known animated series and commercial clients, plus the best new talent you will find anywhere.
Keith foresees the total collapse of Hollywood, cable and network television in the next few years, replaced by individual creator-driven studios and properties, all produced in-house, paid for by the public and made available on demand…
THAT IS WHERE K2 STUDIOS IS HEADED!
Starting with, SURFUR GURL, we are going to be at the forefront of a new era in entertainment and content creation. There has never been a better time to be a content creator than right now!
You can keep up to date with our progress and everything new at K2 Studios on our BLOG, as we carve our own path forward in the new digital entertainment frontier.