This is a story born out of love for artistic collaboration, and the urge to lead — both team, and clients to beautiful results.

Erin’s story is unique. An artist focused on creative outcomes, Erin has also achieved the balance needed to run a successful company. Her early aspirations were not to own and run a studio, but, as she stepped forward in creative work, she realized that great outcomes require a talented, multifaceted team including great producers and support staff.

But why Chicago? Quite simply: Chicago is a special place. New York-native Erin started her career at Digital Kitchen’s newly formed Chicago office. She always assumed she would find her way back to the coasts, but when she did, she deeply missed Chicago. The advertising industry here that fuels her industry is strong and thriving. And the production and post-production communities are just that: Communities. So when it was time for Erin to build her team, she was well integrated in the vast network of Chicago talent, knowing all of the players.  Even more importantly, she saw a need she could fill in Chicago by building a motion design studio that would stand apart from the pack of more traditional post houses in the community. Today, we all know that great work can happen anywhere, so fewer people now ask “Why Chicago?”  But back at its inception, when clients liked to work in a studio, it was a bold decision.

Ten years since that dramatic launch, Erin has built a studio that is an advertising and entertainment staple. Sarofsky brings kinship and excellence to the intersection of art, design, technology and film production. Our conceptualization skills, process, ability to listen and find solutions, combined with collaboration and enthusiasm, speak through our work.

We pride ourselves on being a one-stop, cross-media production company specialized in producing a wide array of work for a diverse client roster. It’s fair to say that while rooted strongly in Chicago the majority of the studio’s work comes from other markets. This is still an anomaly in town, and speaks to the reach of our studio on the client side, and underscores our ability to draw creative talent into the community.

If you want to hear more about her journey Erin gave a great interview on The Leff Exchange.

Executive Producer Steven Anderson is also available for a chat if you want to learn more about us or our ways of working. He is well respected throughout the industry, has a deep wealth of experience and almost never says no to a great conversation.

Vision

To maintain a diverse portfolio of cutting edge projects, to continue contributing to the bleeding-edge filmmaking community, and to keep evolving our working process so that it inspires collaboration and experimentation.

Mission

Our mission is to produce artful creations that both advance our clients’ business objectives and inspire the world to see things differently.

Building a kinship of makers

What makes us different? It takes exceptional talent at every part of the process to create exceptional work. We know how to curate and lead that talent to achieve the best results.
And what else? We pride ourselves in being a certified woman-owned business based in Chicago. 🙌

We care about

Humbleness

Humble at heart, we embrace honest dialogue, no judgments, no big egos. Period.

Community

A real sense of kinship is what we believe in, together we create, collaborate, experience and play.

We're in this together and we're here for you.

Nurturing

We look after ourselves, we look after you. Every day we improve our abilities and we get further and faster than anyone else.

Equality

Creativity knows no limits, to deliver to a diverse audience is our motto.

We listen to all voices and give them an equal opportunity to speak.

Transparency

We speak openly, our artists raise their hands whenever they need support, we pull the cord when appropriate.

We are crystal clear on our process and what's important to us.

Are you a humble maker at heart and want to work with a like-minded team? Sarofsky is shaping the visual world with our talent, collaboration and determination...

Would you like to join us?

Home away from home

The 6,000-square-foot building that houses our studio retains the original character of the space while meeting the needs of our contemporary creative office. In selecting this 1880s warehouse for our headquarters, Erin Sarofsky sought to preserve a balance of old and new. Erin worked with her architect to preserve the essence of the existing structure while transforming it into a comfortable and dynamic workspace. At the start of the project, we found that the building’s bones were intact–but they were buried below 100 years of hard-working grime: The original photos look more like a CSI crime scene then the future home of an elite design studio.

To enliven what was once a dark, uninviting warehouse space, the original clerestory was restored and the roof bay at the rear of the building was removed, creating a 750-square-foot private open-air courtyard. A newly constructed wall of glass provides physical and visual access to the courtyard garden and helps balance natural light levels throughout the studio space.

Balancing form and function, we designed the spacious entry, reception and meeting area to double as a studio for filming and photography, giving visitors a glimpse of the Sarofsky essence right upon entry.

It took vision and courage to buy and build out our dream space in the West Loop at a time when this was considered a less-than desirable neighborhood. But that vision turned out to be prescient: The West Loop is now Chicago’s most booming creative district. We are proud to be right at the heart of it.

Architect Credits

Proud ♥

“Erin and her team are exactly what every project needs — good and nice. They are some of the most talented people I have ever worked with and are the definition of creative and executional excellence. If you ever get the chance to collaborate with such talented and nice people … take it! Sarofsky will make you look good.”

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