director laura moss approached us the moment she knew her film had been accepted into the SXSW film festival. we watched her film and very quickly realized it was not just well made, but more importantly psychologically right up our alley. we suggested a range of approaches for the poster and she picked this one.
wonderfully the poster ended up winning the SXSW excellence in poster design award.
mobile app for comedian, actor, director + writer, louis CK.
louis CK asked us to develop a mobile app for iphone, ipad and android so that fans would be able to obtain his increasing body of work and view it offline more easily, where necessary. working closely with long-standing collaborator tony ash and his team at hipcheck interactive, we designed and developed an app that would be as easy to understand and use as louis's website had been thus far.
iphone, ipad and android appscomprehensive onboardingincorporation of louisk.com user accountsnotifications + video updates from louisairplay, google cast and chromecast streamingtour dates + ticket purchasemailing list sign-up
teddy blanks who did the film's title sequence and festival circuit poster, recommended we handle the film's theatrical poster. adapting elements from his original more minimal piece, we put together a layout that incorporated another character from the film, and a series of quotes and festival laurels.
music video for the nashville-based band, the protomen
executive producer john la valle approached us with idea of making a film of a section of the protomen's second record, act II. the band chose light up the night as the song, and we approached collaborator matt sundin to co-direct the project with us. development of the project took some years and the end result you can see here. a testament to the band and everyone else involved, the film pays homage to many of the things that inspired us to do the work we do today, whilst delivering a particularly serendipitous socio-political commentary.
here's the poster we made for the venice biennale screening of tim sutton's feature film, dark night. the poster was another collaboration with artist, thomas newbolt and is a more impressionistic take on the message of the film.
website for comedian, actor, director + writer, louis CK.
over the years we've remained the web development team for louis CK, advancing his website's capabilities and aesthetics in small increments with each new release. this felt like as good a moment as any to put a flag in the ground and celebrate that.
responsive designuser-friendly purchase flowuser accountsone-off + episodic show functionalitytech support backendprintable DVD artworkHTML5 + flash video playersmp3 + FLAC audio filesgifting optionsintegration with independent ticketing solutionpaypal, amazon, dwolla + bitcoin payment systemsapple TV + chromecast compatibility
film poster for the feature film, how heavy this hammer.
matt porterfield introduced us to kazik radwanski and dan montgomery, who respectively directed and produced how heavy this hammer. after watching the film it was immediately clear to all of us how the poster should look. in fact the bulk of the work on it came down to tweaking the finer details.
director joey kuhn reached out to us after a talk we did about film posters for the independent filmmaker project. we were very moved by his film and proceeded to develop several poster ideas with him. the design we eventually settled on is the hard-cropped, minimal piece that you see here. we felt it suggestive of the leading protagonists' outlook and ongoing relationship.
logan sandler was introduced to us by john baker, the producer of memphis. without giving too much away about the film, we wanted to explore notions of loss, emptiness and the deep, dark depth of the ocean that came to represent so much in this film. initially exploring two very different aesthetic directions, we settled on what you see here.
we also handled website and title sequence design duties on the film.
co-director jessica dimmock got in touch us in need of a poster for a forthcoming festival that her film had been selected for. we watched the film and had a discussion about it the next day. soon after we sent her various ideas about how best to perhaps approach creating a poster for the film. she selected the first idea we came up with and the result is an ethereal take on the central 'pearl' concept detailed in the film.
film poster for the feature film, muito romantico.
we were put in touch with distruktur (melissa dullius and gustavo jahn) by the producer of matt porterfield's 'take what you can carry'. excited to have a chance to work on a less conventional film, we were very taken by every frame of muito romantico. it was shot on film with a very static frame and this meant that every shot was so photographic, timeless and suggestive. this combined with its experimental narrative structure gave us the space to be more minimal, expressive and free-form in the poster realm.
director takeshi fukunaga approached us to make a poster for his first feature film. the liberian set film explores our preconceptions of domestic loyalty and obligation in the face of hardship. we created 4 or 5 different posters in the process of trying to nail down the soul of this film. the final piece visually juxtaposes the protagonist's past with his future as he considers the implications of both.
director michael larnell's film could loosely be described as a buddy movie, but for us it asked bigger questions about loyalty, violence and how far one should go for your friends. from a range of suggested design approaches we advanced with two. the one you see here was the clear winner — itself suggesting in part the 'small time' nature of the film's protagonists, despite their strong characters and conflicts with the world around them.
we were put in touch with director stephen dunn because of our work on chloé zhao's film songs my brothers taught me. stephen's film was compelling for a number of reasons, and the final poster captures the essence of certain narcotically fueled scenes in the film that we felt very close to. this film is the kind of darker and more honest coming of age / coming out story that we're happy to see is getting a higher level of exposure these days.
film poster for the documentary film, the birth of sake.
director erik shirai, a fan of our previous poster work, got in touch and asked that we might take a look at his forthcoming documentary that was premiering at the tribeca film festival. it was one of the most beautifully shot, sensitive and elegant films we'd ever seen. we expressed a great desire to work on the poster and ended up making 20 or so pieces in support of the film. the three posters you see here were the ones finally selected to help promote the film.
film poster for the feature film, i believe in unicorns.
director leah meyerhoff had seen some of our previous film posters and got in touch. her film's a fever dream mixture of live action and stop motion animation all shot on 16mm film. we were excited to make a start given the graphical potential of the material. of the ideas we presented, leah picked two. exploring both to the full, we finally settled on the one you see here. be sure to take a closer look at it too, there's more there than meets the eye.
joey ciccoline's new short film was created in conjunction with the release of the new album by makeup and vanity set, who also scored the film. the narrative is science-fiction in nature and explores the process of dealing with loss. the poster design tackles the key ideas in the film both typographically and through a collage / double exposure of images.
the film will be released april 8th and you can preorder it here.
film poster for the feature film, the automatic hate.
writer / producer katharine o'brien whom we'd worked with previously on sonoio's thanks for calling video, asked that we might create a poster for her new feature film, the automatic hate. working closely with the film's director justin lerner, the poster you see here is a homage to many of his favourite posters from the past. the film will be making it's world premiere at SXSW film festival this year.
visit films asked us to create a poster for david robert mitchell's slick new horror, it follows. limited to the use of a small selection of stills from the film, we produced a 'zoomed in' version of the film's original poster. in a similar fashion we evolved / smashed up the original typographic approach. even if this poster doesn't do it for you, see the film — it's the best of that genre we've seen in a while.
film poster for the short film, take what you can carry.
we were introduced to director matt porterfield by our friends on the memphis production crew. we quickly hit it off and matt asked us to create not just a poster but the title sequence for his new short film. the film has already been accepted by the berlin film festival.
film poster for the feature film, she's lost control.
we met director anja marquardt through our friend and collaborator, the casting director allison twardziak. anja asked that we help her with the design of the theatrical release poster for what was her first feature film. from the get-go our aim was to touch on the psychological complexity depicted within the film. so, taking a more recent studio photograph of the film's star, we retouched the image to bring it more in line with the film's narrative. on top of this we then applied heavy, grid-like typesetting, to establish a barrier between the viewer and the film's protagonist. we hope that the poster gives you an hint of what lies beneath the surface of this film, without explicitly spelling it out.
film poster for the feature film, songs my brothers taught me.
director chloé zhao got in touch through the IFP and sent us a copy of her film. we were immediately taken by the subject matter, photography and the loose feel of the film. we knew we could find a place within our current aesthetic leanings to represent the film well. we talked with chloé and her producers about the different ways in which we could support the film, and it was decided that it be best to start with a poster.
of three final pieces, the one chloé chose utilizes black and white photographs taken by an actress in the film. the layout attempts to capture both the feeling of the film, and the attitude of its main characters. when the film then got into the cannes film festival, we created an additional colour poster for this by hand painting the original photographs to achieve a new look.
director musa syeed got in touch and asked that we watch his film with a view to creating a poster for it. we were moved by the picture and set to work exploring 2-3 different visual directions that touched on key themes in the film. the design you see here is the one that musa felt closest to. it attempts to capture the sense of conflict surrounding the decisions the main character had to make in the story.
magazine advertisement for the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
filmmaker magazine approached us to create an ad enticing new readers to subscribe to the magazine. the ad was to appear in the american film market catalog. given the cover of the magazine that quarter was celebrating laura poitras's film citizenfour, we wanted the type in the ad to feel a little like it was breaking free of typical design rules and restrictions. for the same reason we left in the print markings on the cover itself.
as friends, we've spent many a long night in new york or los angeles discussing horror films with director matthew brown. when he asked us to create a poster for his new film julia, we were not just honoured but also found ourselves very in sync with what he was after. the poster you see here went through a series of different layouts, but the core of it remained the same from the outset.
music video for the los angeles-based band, sonoio
sonoio is one of the many side projects of alessandro cortini. the moment he sent us a demo of 'thanks for calling' we set to work devising a treatment that we felt did the song justice, psychologically and tonally. alessandro was keen not to be in the video this time, so matt sundin and caspar took the opportunity to devise a story that spoke to some of their own personal experiences. the result is a hitchcockian / felliniesque flight of fantasy.
you can read more about the making of the film on our blog here.
teaser site for the short film series, we the economy
continuing our collaborations with braden king and truckstop media, we were asked to create a series of websites for a forthcoming short film project organized by morgan spurlock. the series intends to reignite interest and increase understanding with regards to the ailing US economy.
the initial teaser site itself pulls posts live from twitter that are related to the economic issues the films. our hope here is to start a conversation – to raise awareness of a very real and current level of confusion about how the fundamentals of the economy work.
the full site hosts a wealth of content including over 20 short films streaming live on the site and in mobile app format. additional to that is a wealth of information about the filmmakers, the economic advisors and the economic implications of the films themselves.
film poster for the feature film, growing up and other lies.
growing up & other lies' producer katie mustard met us in venice whilst working on tim sutton's feature film, memphis. she asked us if we were interested in doing the poster for another film she was working on. after a screening of the film we werre introduced to directing team darren grodsky & danny jacobs. after much discussion referencing the likes of the french new wave and john cassavetes, we found ourselves working on a series of designs that branched out in various interesting directions. what you see here is the design they finally fell in love with.
call girl is a swedish thriller based on real life events in the 1970s. huge fans of the film for many reasons, we felt compelled to create the images you see here. please note that these posters were not commissioned by the filmmakers. they were created purely to promote and support what we believe to be a quite brilliant piece of filmmaking.
you can read more about the making of the posters here.
long-time fans of alex johnson's film work, we were delighted to be asked to do a poster for his debut feature. set in austin texas, this thriller takes queues from the cohen brothers and pulls no punches. we all agreed from an early stage that some kind of brutal 'dance of death' diagram might be apt. the result makes good use of a casual, behind the scenes photo that their production team had kicking around.
digital + print promotional ads for the new york-based, independent film maker project
every year IFP work on a range of feature films that make it into some of the world's most prestigious film festivals. additional to that they recently launched a large, multi-faceted media center near their headquarters in new york. here is a small selection of the ongoing promotional design pieces we've created for them from the end of 2013 and into 2014.
film poster + website update for the comic + filmmaker, louis CK.
to accompany the online release of his 1998 debut feature film, tomorrow night, louis CK asked us to create a one-sheet poster that fans could download from the site and print themselves. in terms of style he wanted something that echoed the handbills he was passing out when the film first went to festivals back in the 90s. we created around 10 different versions and what you see here is the design he selected.
we also revamped his website's front-end and back-end to a large degree. now fully responsive and capable of taking 10 times the user load of previous incarnations, louisck.com is all the more future-proof.
record sleeve for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
the threat of anthony scott burns and makeup and vanity set collaborating on a project together had been growing at an exciting rate. finally with the forthcoming release of burns' sci-fi short 'manifold,' we get a preview of things to come in the form of the score he asked makeup and vanity set to write for it. including two new, unreleased tracks, the score is now an EP soon to be released on telefuture records.
what you see here is the sleeve artwork we created to support the release. the record is available now for preorder here.
filmmaker magazine got in touch with us because of our various ongoing projects with IFP. they were after some quick print design work for new york's 'film week.' we produced a postcard and a wraparound for the latest issue of their magazine. with free reign to design anything we liked in any style, we had a bit of fun with it.
posters + magazine ads for the new york-based, independent film maker project
alongside our other ongoing projects with IFP, we created a range of print work to support the independent film week in new york this summer. from catalogs to dossier covers, we handled a whole suite of design assets based upon a re-brand for film week & their conference this summer.
posters + magazine ads for the new york-based, independent film maker project
in tandem with new york film 2013, we produced a range of design materials for IFP's filmmaker conference. this ranged from program guides to online and magazine adverts to promote the conference. here is a selection of the work we produced.
posters + magazine ads for the new york-based, independent film maker project
over this past year we have created a large collection of print & web promotional material for IFP. this included half & full page magazine adverts for publications, mailing campaign graphics, digital adverts for IFP member events and a whole host of other ancillary design assets to support their film week campaigns.
based on our previous work on PAVILION, the film's director tim sutton invited us to the set of his new feature MEMPHIS. once again he asked us to entirely handled how the film was to be presented online and in print. these posters were created by us for the film's premiere at the venice film festival. each includes original logo design, layout and photography by us.
you can read more about the process behind making them here.
we created a series of posters in support of zal batmanglij's new film the east. zal then asked us to create a further design, based on his specification. the final design used an image he'd selected and hinted at the uncanny similarity between the film's story and the recent edward snowden / NSA surveillance scandal.
website for the paramount pictures feature film, not fade away.
paramount pictures asked us to put together ideas for a website for a new film by david chase, creator of the sopranos. the film is called not fade away, and is a rock 'n' roll coming-of-age story set in the 1960s.
taken by our suggestions, paramount requested we move forward with a concept we were calling 'living photographs'. this meant we were taking stills from the film and animating them in a unique fashion that embellished the moment, rather than giving away too much of the story.
the site utilizes a relatively new process of animating PNGs as well as GIFs, allowing us more control and a greater level of overall compatibility.
website for eric idle's comic stage show, what about dick?
westbeth entertainment were keen to release their film of eric idle'swhat about dick?, using the same platform we developed for jim gaffigan and louis CK. expanding on the visual style originally established in the posters they'd created to promote the show, we quickly put together a reskinned platform for them. this we then fine tuned to suit the appropriate marketing approach for this unique, star-studded film.
relaunch site for london-based film company, asylum films
since our original website work with asylum films, the company has expanded their roster of directors and the scope of their collective works. this meant that they needed a new website to expand dynamically to their growing needs.
we used a custom wordpress CMS as basis of ongoing self-management for their large pool of work & got about redesigning a brand new look for their front-end that was both fun to look at but clear to use. with this came the expanded ability to quickly find and share work.
film posters for the feature film, beyond the black rainbow.
there are very few films that have you staying up the rest of the night after a screening just to make posters for them. beyond the black rainbow is one of those films. these posters were not commissioned by the filmmakers. they were created purely to promote and support what we believe to be a unique and quite brilliant piece of filmmaking.
artwork for makeup and vanity set's film soundtrack, 88:88.
this was a project that started out with MAVS sending us demos and whispering things about it possibly being a film soundtrack. we were then contacted by the film's director, joey ciccoline. joey showed us the film and sent some ideas he'd had for possible directions for the artwork. included in his package was a poster for the 1985 kid's science fiction film, the explorers. this poster single handedly informed the initial designs we created for the film soundtrack. these designs were then scrapped when joey then expressed interest more in a design that told you less about the narrative, and gave you simply a sense of mystery.
fortunately MAVS then had the idea to do a parallel release in the form of a limited edition VHS cassette and poster. this would then come out later than the official film artwork, and give the original pieces we created a place to live. a tangent universe if you will.
the film's director joey ciccoline contacted makeup and vanity set after hearing some of his soundtrack work online. MAVS in turn recommend us to handle the design work for the film. for a 10 minute short film it captured so much of the aesthetic, concept and general motivational forces that bind so many of the projects we work on at (v). in terms of the design, joey was very keen to give away absolutely nothing to those who have yet to see the film other than a sense of quality + mystery. however, just to make things more difficult, we wanted to treat those that have seen the film to a few treats that in many ways do give away what the film is about, if you're in the know. the result is quite unlike anything we've done before, and happily so.
website for comedian, actor + writer, jim gaffigan
show business journeyman jim gaffigan has done nearly every kind of work a comic can do but he'd never self-produced and released his own show. he knew of us through our work with louis CK and so approached us to build a site of his own. whilst the focus was on a similar model, we designed and built a more refined engine this time around.
website for the new york-based comedian + filmmaker, louis CK
like most people we've been a fan of louis CK and his work for a while and so when the gregory brothers very kindly recommended us to him and his team a couple of months back, we were stoked. as if that wasn't cool enough, it turns out louis was looking for much more than a website. he was looking to revolutionize his approach to releasing his material to his fans. always up for trying new things, we set about pulling together a small dream team to get the task done.
everyone worked day and night on this from various locations both in the US and europe and its fair to say that the results far exceeded anyone's expectations. louis himself published a report on the whole project on the website, which you can read here.
you can read an in-depth article about our process and everything we learnt from working on this job here.
following the success of the beacon video, louis released audio downloads of the beacon + two additional shows. since then the site underwent further revision as we integrated louis' ticket sales into the site, all the while maintaining the highest standards of security and ease-of-use.
artwork for 65daysofstatic's film soundtrack, silent running.
in 2010 the glasgow film festival asked 65daysofstatic if they were interested in re-scoring a film of their choosing. the band, always interested in the idea of scoring films, accepted and chose the 1970s science fiction cult classic, silent running. the success of the score lead them to perform it live at various festivals throughout 2011 and finally record it in the studio for release.
the band approached us in the summer, asking that we might put together a poster and a record cover of some description for the release. it was similarly an incredible opportunity that was by no means lost on us. the poster was in many ways a direct reference to the film, as discussed here. the final record sleeve you see to the left was something quite different, and you can read more about that here.
website, posters, typography + packaging for the feature film, pavilion
we were contacted by film director tim sutton after a series of talks we did on designing websites for films for the IFP. he was interested in us producing a website and possibly some film posters for his new film pavilion. we hit it off very quickly and soon had a series of ideas laid down for online and offline approaches to promoting the film.
the website focusses on a series of animated GIFs that reflect the very calm and subtle visual tone of the film, combined with looped audio from the films soundtrack + score. the posters take a leaf out of robert zemeckis's book to visually represent the very subtle narrative elements within the film.
we also handled the type treatment for the credits within the film, and once the film was purchased for distribution by factory 25, we designed a vinyl, dvd and poster package for the film's physical release.
michael grodner approached us to produce a teaser site for his forthcoming feature film debut. he wanted a site that would create a buzz but also act as a way of helping him raise funds to get the film made. armed only with a script and some old NASA stock footage we wrote a short 'shooting script' of ideas. we developed four main stages to the site of which michael went with the two he felt were the least revealing and most enticing. the end result is a short but sweet curiosity of a site that gives sneaks script fragments at you and hints at the strange psychology of the film.
informational website for the forthcoming feature film, HERE.
director braden king contacted us with an interest in providing a very straightforward, clean and organized source of information about his forthcoming feature film production. we suggested customizing the wordpress.org source code and the result is a search engine friendly, easy to update, cross-platform compatible website.