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music video for the nashville-based band, the protomen
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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.
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protomen.com
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film still
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teaser trailer for the short film, light up the night.
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here's the trailer for the forthcoming short film we co-directed for the protomen. teaming up with matt sundin again and continuing our fruitful collaboration with the protomen, the film is the result of years of work developing a very particular science fiction universe for a very particular band. the film is now playing at festivals and will be out in the not too distant future.
_link
protomen.com
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home page
topics page
press page
teaser site
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teaser site for the short film series, we the economy
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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.
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  • javascript UI
  • webGL backdrop
  • filtered twitter search engine
  • mobile app integration
  • HLS video streaming
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wetheeconomy.com
_awards
2015 webby awards honoree for best navigation / structure.
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charles park trilogy poster
charles park trilogy album cover
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record sleeve, poster + trailer for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
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telefuture records approached makeup and vanity set with the idea of re-releasing their popular charles park records as a trilogy box set. the moment the project got a green light john delucca, joey ciccoline and ourselves were put to work in tying the overall package together visually.

john was sent a few paragraphs detailing the narrative behind each album. he then started to create a poster that we could divide into three halves, to represent the three parts of the story.

we were asked to create the logo, cover and overall packaging for the record. the logo we made is pretty self-explanatory, but the packaging was a subtler affair. utilizing the bokeh affect often seen in films when the camera is focussing on objects in the foreground, we realized we could represent each part of the trilogy with a different coloured circle. in this way the cover image could say a lot with very little, and each record within the packaging could be differentiated by its own red, blue or brown graphic.

joey was then sent the logo and proceeded to shoot the necessary footage to create the teaser trailer for the trilogy, this clip was the first promotional piece released to the general public. once released the limited edition box set sold out in 2 days, but you can still purchase the album digitally here.
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makeupandvanityset.com
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superflat smoke logo animation
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teaser trailer for the playstation game, lone survivor
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lone survivor creator jasper byrne asked us to cut a trailer for the playstation 'director's cut' release of the game. it's been 18 years since we last worked with jasper - we used to make games with him in our teens - so this marked a special occasion. enlising the help of jonathan bates of big black delta, we cut a trailer using original music previously unheard to fans of the game. embracing the twin peaks-style themes in the game and treating it very much like a trailer for a david lynch film, the result has been widely considered by fans to mark a change in the typical video game trailer aesthetic.
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  • original music by big black delta
  • custom smoke / logo treatment
_link
lonesurvivor.co.uk
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EP cover
poster
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EP artwork + music video for the LA-based band, big black delta
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jonathan bates, better known for his part in the fantastic band mellowdrone, recently got back in touch with us regarding a 'new thing' he was working on. as luck would have it, it was some seriously rich and rewarding new music. the kind which fills the mind with images pretty fast. well, the next thing you know we're watching the thundercats intro in total awe, debating wallpapering our apartment walls with TRON screenshots, and obsessing over UFOs. how one thing lead to another is neither here nor there, but it turns out we were all down with this new thing ... and it was taking us places.

what then ensued was the constant, rapid exchange of music for artwork, much the way a choir does their psalms and responses. there's no question in our minds now that big black delta was the only name you could use to sum up the music, what inspired it and everything we'd ultimately made together from that point forward. cut then to just a few days ago. cut right to the moment when we slung the cover you see above onto the proverbial coffee table. cut to us all looking at each other like we knew it was time. yep, ufologists were about to get some melody in their google.

additionally we shot and edited a short film to accompany the release of the song IFUCKINGLOVEYOU. it was shot over a couple of days around independence day in los angeles. the idea was simply to capture everything we got up to in the short time we had, be that searching the night sky for flashing lights, watching dan akroyd talking about UFOs on youtube or jonathan bates making strange noises on his studio floor. we hope the end result, if nothing else, makes you feel like all these things are related. not forcibly, but maybe with a little serendipity.
_link
bigblackdelta.com
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