G.P. Galle Jr.
Chief Operating Officer
Head of Production
In his early teens Don Culwell, captivated by movies like Star Wars and companies like Industrial Light and Magic, began working small graphics jobs, and at 16, met Mike Halsey. Quickly taking to 3D, Culwell, for the next 20+ years, would take part in groundbreaking productions as co-founder of Magnetic Dreams. Culwell’s experience is vast and his portfolio has a breadth difficult to match. At 21 his 3D art landed the cover art for Post Magazine, and during this time, clients include Dell, Electronic Arts, Coca Cola, Crayola, Nickelodeon, Marvel, and many more. Notably Don’s art direction directly contributed to Taylor Swift’s iconic video Fifteen being nominated for an Mtv Music Award (Best Video of the Year). In coordination with Mike, Don was also a pioneer for the RedShift rendering engine and Shotgun software, both which featured Magnetic Dreams as a result. Don currently serves as principal and co-founder at Magnetic Dreams, and, as expert in animation and effects, leads production and the company from a visionary, artistic, and technical standpoint, all the while maintaining his team before the captain attitude.
As founder and principal of Magnetic Dreams, Mike is a multiple Emmy Award winner, co-builder of the award-winning Magnetic Dreams team, and, along with Don Culwell, responsible for final decision-making at Magnetic. He continues at the day to day manage accounts and occasionally even turning work (as he so pleases). Mike is a literal pioneer of the 3D industry, in the course of his 25 years at Magnetic Dreams history, has put together top talent, built and fostered award-winning talent, and has provided to Nashville one of the oldest animation houses in the country, all starting out of his garage. Halsey has not only built this team, but has developed direct contacts at the highest industry levels of the entertainment industry.