'Ceremonial Entrance'. Personal exploration in photoshop and digital art. 


Lost Pyramid is the creative studio of Joe Rufa: A Brooklyn based designer, animator, filmmaker and writer.

I've just completed work on my debut short film, Midnight Sweet, which I wrote (with the help of Gregory Clouatre), directed, produced and edited. While it gathers dust awaiting responses from a number of festival submissions, I'm available for your next creative project. 

After a 12 year career in visual design, mainly consisting of web design, branding, illustration, marketing and project management, I've turned my attention towards filmmaking, motion graphics and animation. My background in design and home recording have given me a head start during my transition into these new fields, allowing me to think and plan visually, while producing complex works.

During the year and a half it took me to make Midnight Sweet, I've acted as creative director and visual artist for the Seattle band, Pickwick. During their latest album cycle for "LoveJoys", I've created two music videos, album art, merch, social media content, a website and more.

I helped pitch and launch a new sponsored web series for the Boston-based event organizers and podcasters, She Geeks Out. Alongside videographer and editor, Malik Fakiri, I designed and animated their first two episodes featuring women in STEM. 

And I've continued to do some fun graphic design and branding work for a handful of small businesses.

If you'd like to work together or are interested in learning more, please contact me.

— JR