Linas Jodwalis
Creative Director & Principal

As the creative force behind Almost Gold, Linas had a vision that can be traced back to his start in the explosive growth of the design-driven VFX industry in Southern California. An early team member at the launch of Motion Theory, Linas rose through the ranks to run commercial and music video shoots for HP, Reebok, Beck, SyFy Channel and Velvet Revolver, among others.

Returning to Chicago to be Director of 3D at Digital Kitchen, Linas expanded his leadership role with projects for top-tiered clients including Coke, Target, PBS and McDonald's.

Furthering his career on the freelance market, Linas began working with studios such as MK12, Thornberg & Forester, Decoy, and Radar Studios. After an extended stint with Vitamin Pictures, Linas officially came on board in 2010 as an Art Director and head of 3D. After nearly three years, he moved on to lead the VFX department at Method Studios newest office in Chicago.

With all of that extensive experience, it was only natural that the next shop he would help build into a successful business was his own. Almost Gold was built by design and established in July of 2014. 

Paul Klinke
Executive Producer

After over 12 years of producing creative content on the West Coast, Paul is back in his hometown of Chicago as the acting Executive Producer for Almost Gold.

Paul has deep roots in the creative industry that stem from an education in production and video engineering. In Southern California he spent over 6 years at Sony Playstation and produced over 200 spots supporting the marketing efforts of countless major game titles. This experience and education, matched with his honed management skills make him a truly dynamic talent.

Over time, Paul has managed productions for live action, animation, photography, stop motion and game capture editorial to name a few. He has learned to champion quality artistic talent and the cultivation of a creative environment where artists can thrive.

Beyond his love of creative workflow and artist development, his communication skills have made him a favorite for clients like Bose, Under Armour, ESPN, Playstation, Coors, Mountain Dew, John Deere, Gillette and McDonald’s.