Our studio culture acts as an oasis for people to perform their best work. We encourage creativity, collaboration, and the visionary ability to deliver top-notch solutions. Strategically located in the center of renowned high-tech mecca, Seattle, our studio serves as a synergetic place of innovation, practice and execution.
Striving for Creative Superiority…
Some people call us a “Renaissance Agency,” but whether we’re directing a film, hammering out social media strategy or creating a web application in HTML5 and JSON, we just like to do good work. The name, VILIV comes from the combination of the words “vie” and “live”. To vie means to strive for victory or superiority, and our favorite definition of live is derived from its Greek origin where it meant to persist and persevere. The combination of these two words yields our mission statement: striving for (creative) superiority through perseverance and persistence. We are forward-thinking; and the consistent evolution of our services and the discipline to continue to deliver the very best to each one of our clients is the foundation of VILIV Studios.
Zach Self and Tommy Oliver began collaborating in 2007. With Zach’s prolific development and design background, paired with Tommy’s keen sense of business and proven expertise in film, the decision to combine their energy, enthusiasm and over 30 years of combined professional experience to open VILIV Studios was a no-brainer.
We designed our studio to maximize the creative talents of our staff. From drafting spaces, a cyclorama wall, audio/visual mixing studio to a bank of workstations, our people and their imagination make us who we are. Our studio culture acts as an oasis for people to perform their best work. We encourage creativity, collaboration, and the visionary ability to deliver top-notch solutions. Strategically located in the center of high-tech mecca, Seattle, our studio serves as a synergetic place of innovation, practice and execution.
Meet Our Founders
Tommy Oliver is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he double majored in Economics and Digital Media. After graduating, he joined Microsoft where he developed a keen understanding of both business and the tech industry. Later, he started his own film production company, where he refined his technical and communication skills. Creatively, he’s faced innumerable challenges from crafting a coherent and marketable story to tackling the logistics of shooting in a foreign country and beyond. His combined skill set allows for outside the box thinking, creative problem solving and better communication. Tommy is a multi-award winning writer, director, producer and cinematographer.
Zach Self has over a decade of experience in multimedia production including ten years as composer and audio designer. His unique engineering style combines technical expertise with gifted creative nuances that create dramatic and meaningful results. He shifted focus to Graphic Design and Web Development in the mid 2000’s. While working on the Mobile Web Team at world-renowned Übermind, now Deloitte Digital, he contributed to the Alaska Airlines trendsetting web application as well as clients such as Target, Alaska Airlines IOS/Android Apps and Deloitte internal applications.