Tracks and Layers was founded in 2014 by Mike Pettyt. With an impressive network accumulated from his past roles, including a BBC staff position and many exciting freelance opportunities, Mike set out to build a motion and VFX studio in Manchester bursting with talent, expertise and personality.
At the same time, Mike wanted to establish a blossoming community of creatives, developing a space where talented people from all backgrounds could learn from each other, access life-changing opportunities, and share the joy of following their passions.
Eight years on, Mike’s dream is reality. Step into our studio and you’ll find a growing creative team of gifted motion designers, animators and visual effects artists. We’ve also added colour grading to our arsenal of creative skills since Tom Majerski, now our co-director, joined the team in 2019. Plus, Tracks and Layers clients benefit from our large network of talented and diverse freelancers, boosting our capabilities.
We work collaboratively - each project benefits from a melting pot of different perspectives, drivers and skills. Supreme creative output always results in original content that generates excitement and intrigue. While our ethos of keeping the team healthy enables consistently high-quality work from people whose enthusiasm to their craft never wavers.
If there’s one characteristic that defines all of us, it’s our love of solving tough challenges. Your creative and technical problems are our inspiration - we get a kick out of experimenting with new technology and techniques to bring your wildest ideas to life. And we have the experience and know-how to solve the impossible - no challenge is too big or complex.
MEET THE TEAM
Mike is our founder and hype man, leading the future of the studio and keeping us on the right track. He’s also our main creative catalyst, transforming bare-bones ideas into dazzling projects. And he loves working closely with our clients early in the process to establish the direction for the project - it always results in better outcomes.
Head of Creative
Look past Tom’s dad jokes and coffee obsession and you’ll see an analytical and strategic genius: Tom is continuously reviewing our systems and processes, highlighting opportunities to improve the way we work. And with an unparalleled eye for detail - especially when it comes to colour grading - Tom brings that extra layer of quality to any project.
Head of Operations
Greg is happiest when watching the latest superhero film, on the hunt for mind-boggling VFX and CGI to inspire his work. He’s also the main reason nobody in the office ever complains of back pain, advocating a healthy lifestyle and good posture at any opportunity. To his kids, he’s a skateboarding, music-making extraordinaire. To us, he’s a VFX and motion master.
Our token country bumpkin and walking weathervane, Jake, started drawing before he could crawl. A Hayao Miyazaki in-the-making, Jake can turn the wackiest of briefs into animations and character illustrations that help to bring compelling stories to life. He’s also an indie game connoisseur, combining work and play to stay consistently inspired.
YOUR NAME HERE
You could become part of our team or join our trusted network of freelancers. Get in touch using the form at the bottom of this page and keep an eye out for opportunities in the future