2015 Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards

Rounding out a busy Fall of live events was the 2015 Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards ceremony on November 12 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C

The event, sponsored by Smithsonian magazine, honors 12 people across nine categories, including technology, performing arts, visual arts, natural sciences, physical sciences, education, history, social progress and youth achievement.

We were excited to be asked by LanternEye Films to create the graphics for each category winner, like this one awarded to Fred Armisen and Bill Hader of “Documentary Now!” fame.

 

 

Working closely with LanternEye director Paul La Blanc, we upgraded last year’s look with the addition of 3D wireframe models for each category and recipient.

Watch the full set of videos on the Smithsonian Website, or check out out animations in this portfolio post.

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.

Perpetual Motion Graphics Gets In the Game with L.A. Times Piece

The surprising reasons L.A. doesn’t have an NFL team were explained in this branded content piece produced by TimeTravlr Creative for the L.A. Times.

Working from a script provided by Time Travlr, we contributed visual creative direction, design and animation for the video, using newsprint’s half-tone look as a visual jumping off point for a story told with archival headlines and images.

Production and Script: Matt Landfield and Sophia Betz, Time Travlr Creative
Visual Direction, Design and Animation: Declan Zimmermann

Published! 4 Secrets to Getting Hired …and Hired Back

While we are mostly sharing designs and animations, we like to share insights too.

The Freelancers Union recently featured article by Declan on their blog. Check it out here.

Recent conversations with freelancers about the ins and outs of our business, including some great monthly meetings of the Freelancers Union Spark events led to this article on the factors that get you hired. (Hint: your reel may not be as important as you think!)

With thanks to our interviewees Laurea De Ocampo, Scott Patterson and Victoria Jordan for sharing their insights.

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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