Naomi vividly remembers watching Sesame Street the day Mr. Hooper died. She remembers it so vividly that she started saying that when she grew up she wanted to work on Sesame Street (she didn't know about FableVision at the time...)
Naomi Greenfield graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in English, only because they didn't have a major in educational children's television. Her senior year of college, she made a video about how she was passionate about children's television-one that mortifies her to this day, but landed her an internship through the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to work in children's television development and production at the Fox Family Channel in Los Angeles. After experiencing as much of LALALand as she could handle, Naomi moved to New York City where she worked in children's television development and production on everything from a reality show about kids who'd had supernatural and paranormal experiences to Scholastic Entertainment to, yes, Sesame Street.
Deciding she needed to be smarter to do more, Naomi left New York for Boston where she studied, explored, wrote, conversed and learned from lots of creative, interesting and brilliant people at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Technology in Education program. Boston felt like home to Naomi, because, well, she grew up in Newton, MA. Anyway, she liked Boston so much that she has stayed ever since.
Naomi has worked in many jobs that seemed like they would be creative but actually ended up stifling her creativity. Anxious to make "something" that was her own, Naomi banded together with her good friend and fellow creative gal, Sara Taksler and in 2003, they began working late nights and unemployed days on a feature-length documentary about the lives of eight balloon twisters around the country. The film, TWISTED: A Balloonamentary, made its World Premiere in March 2007 at the South by Southwest Film Festival and has since been screened in fifteen film festivals all over the country. Naomi is very, very proud of it. She is also proud that several FableVisionaries helped make the Web site, promotional materials and animated segments of the film!
Naomi is affectionately known as the "Balloon Lady" because she can make things out of balloons that would blow your mind. Check out some of her creations on her balloon company Web site at www.redballooncompany.com. She is most proud to have made a sculpture for Paul McCartney at the 2005 Superbowl to which he reacted, "Ah, look at that! 'At's brilliant!"
Every few years, Naomi would send her resume and photos of her balloons to FableVision in the hopes that they might have an opening or think she was fun and creative and smart enough to work there. However, it wasn't until Naomi did balloons for Brian's son Max's birthday party that her FableVision stars aligned. She was hired as an Associate Producer and is now FableVision's Director of Marketing and Creative Strategist. At FableVision, Naomi has produced and done creative direction for films, websites, games, and museum kiosks. She is most proud of having produced the Mister Rogers Neighborhood website and the North Star Film. Naomi also met her now husband Matt Bargar at FableVision and they made the smartest, cutest and funniest little FableBaby, Sylvia. Naomi could not be happier. She gets to exercise her creative muscle everyday, work with people who are brilliant, friendly, mission-driven, who care to make a difference, who feel just like family and who like balloon animals.
Naomi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org