Animation

Coming in 2016: Touched With Fire

We were thrilled to be tapped for visual effects for Paul Dalio’s Touched With Fire, which premiered at SXSW this year and will be in theaters on February 12, 2016.

The film stars Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby and Griffin Dunne in a story of two manic depressives who meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition. Spike Lee is the Executive Producer.

Our work included immersive environmental projections for a key scene and landed Declan Zimmermann a credit as Visual Effect Supervisor on the picture.

Watch the trailer.

We can’t wait to check it out on the big screen.

Quartz The Next Billion: London Event Graphics

For the fourth Next Billion forum the team at Quartz wanted to take the event space to the next level with an immersive, branded environment that included animations in the main hall at One Marylebone in London.

The Quartz creative team brought us on board to design and animate site-specific motion elements, which we were thrilled to find popping up on Twitter and Instagram. We love the way our animations worked with the lighting design by Full Circle and site graphics by Pureworks. The total effect was truly greater than the sum of the parts.

The process involved tight collaboration with Associate Design Director Eric Trott (who designed all the Next Billion graphic elements) and Event Manager Maggee Dorsey (who worked closely with Eric on the design and look of the space). Event Producer Laurea de Ocampo was instrumental in facilitating seamless coordination with the tech team across the pond, ensuring all went down without a hitch on event day.

Event Photos

(All photos by Holly Clark, taken at Quartz’s The Next Billion London, used with permission.)

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The stage is set with our looping spirals framing the presentation slides.

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Quartz Editor in Chief Bobby Ghosh delivers the welcome in front of our full screen flourish animation.
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Home for the Holidays Sweepstakes 30

Yes, it’s not yet Thanksgiving but the Holiday spots are on the air, and we made one of ’em.

Pureworks Studio’s Victoria Jordan hired us last month for a quick-turnaround, mograph-driven 30-second commercial for the Delta Airlines & Radio City Christmas Spectacular Sweepstakes.

We knocked this out in less than a week taking our inspiration from Vicky’s designs for the program and adding an airplane than makes snow.

Creative Direction: Victoria Jordan
Motion Design, Art Direction, Animation: Declan Zimmermann
Additional Animation: Haley Saner
Voice: Erin Setch
Software: After Effects with Element 3D and Trapcode Particular

Buttons: A 5-Second Project

Every couple months the folks over at Greyscale Gorilla do a little thing called The 5-Second Project.

The idea is simple: make a 5 second animation, explore some new techniques, interpret the theme literally, figuratively, loosely.

The current 5-Second Project’s theme is “Buttons” and here’s what we made.

The music was created in ButtonBass, which seemed theme-appropriate. Except for the sound effects, which are me dropping actual buttons on a plate.

You can check out the other entries here.

The Standbys, a NY Times Critics’ Pick – NYC Theatrical Run

The Standbys, a documentary feature from director Stephanie Riggs for which we had the privilege of designing and animating the titles and graphics, opens February 21, 2014 for a New York City Theatrical Run at the Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village.

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The Standbys follows a variety of undiscovered performers for several years through their ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, onstage performances and private lives.

The film is a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

You can view a clip of the film’s open, including our main title design, in the portfolio here.

Catch The Standbys in the theater! Get tickets here.