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film
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film poster for the feature film, free in deed.
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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.
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freeindeedfilm.com
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, dark night.
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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.
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film poster for the feature film, dark night.
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here's the poster we made for the BAMcinemafest 'closing night' screening of tim sutton's feature film, dark night. the film is based loosely on the 2012 aurora cinema shooting in the US.
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film poster for the feature film, how heavy this hammer.
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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.
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mdff.ca
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, those people.
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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.
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thosepeoplefilm.com
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, live cargo.
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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.
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livecargomovie.com
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film poster for the feature film, the pearl.
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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.
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thepearlfilm.com
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film poster for the feature film, muito romantico.
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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. 
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facebook.com/muito.romantico.filme
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film poster for the feature film, dark night.
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here's the first poster for tim sutton's dark night, released to co-incide with the film's world premiere at the sundance film festival.
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, out of my hand.
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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.
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outofmyhand.com
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, cronies.
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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.
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croniesthemovie.com
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, closet monster.
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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.
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imdb.com/title/tt3638396
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film poster for the documentary film, the birth of sake.
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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.
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birthofsake.com
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film poster for the feature film, i believe in unicorns.
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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.
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ibelieveinunicorns.com
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film poster for the short film, eidolon.
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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.
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eidolonfilm.com
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, the automatic hate.
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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.
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https://fb.com/theautomatichate
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film poster for the feature film, it follows.
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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.
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fb.com/itfollows
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poster
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film poster for the short film, take what you can carry.
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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. 
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, she's lost control.
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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.
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fb.com/slcmovie
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film poster for the feature film, songs my brothers taught me.
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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.
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songsmybrotherstaughtme.com
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poster for the feature film, valley of saints.
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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.
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valleyofsaints.com
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poster for the feature film, julia.
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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. 
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fb.com/juliathemovie
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victory world tour poster
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poster for the nashville-based rock band, the protomen.
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here's the poster we created for the protomen's vans warped tour appearances this summer. based loosely on an italian horror film poster, the design includes the typical array of hints and clues to the band's ever expanding science fiction narrative.
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protomen.com
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tour posters
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here are a few of a large series of tour posters we created for big black delta's tour with gary numan. often created the morning of the show, each one was a riff on the previous and in many ways an off-the-cuff attempt to seduce new fans into perhaps seeing a show they'd otherwise perhaps forego.

you can view the complete set on the band's facebook page here.
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bigblackdelta.com
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, growing up and other lies.
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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.
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fb.com/growingupandotherlies
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poster 5
poster 2
poster 3
poster 4
poster 1
poster 6
poster 7
poster 8
poster 9
poster 10
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posters for the feature film, call girl.
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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.
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facebook.com/callgirlofficial
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, two step.
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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. 
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twostepfilm.com
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tomorrow night poster
home page
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film poster + website update for the comic + filmmaker, louis CK.
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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.
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louisck.com
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falling poster
lost poster
name poster
rupture poster
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posters for the LA-based band, big black delta.
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nerve management asked us to create a series of designs for big black delta's tour that could be used for posters and t-shirts. only two of the following designs were used in the end, the other two have yet to be dusted off but may have a future yet.
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bigblackdelta.com
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memphis poster 1
memphis poster 2
memphis poster 3
memphis poster 7
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posters for the feature film, memphis.
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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.
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memphis-film.com
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poster 8
poster 3
poster 4
poster 5
poster 6
poster 7
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poster for the feature film, the east.
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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.
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wearetheeast.com
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chicago metro
2012 tour
10 year anniversary
australian tour poster
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posters for the nashville-based rock band, the protomen.
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here are the posters we've created, sometimes in collaboration, for the protomen during the touring for their second album, act 2 - the father of death. 
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protomen.com
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show poster
show poster 2
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poster for gabriel bruce's debut album release show, knights in white satin.
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gabriel asked us to have a shot at some posters for his upcoming album release show, dubbed 'knights in white satin'. we produced 5 different designs using photographs we'd taken of him at a new york show last year. the first you see is design he went with, and the second a fond favourite of ours. sadly we won't make the show itself, but when a few these start appearing around london we'll at least be there in spirit.
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gabrielbruce.com
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film posters for the feature film, beyond the black rainbow.
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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.
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arboria.org
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VHS + poster
poster
VHS
VHS 2
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artwork for makeup and vanity set's film soundtrack, 88:88.
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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.

you can see photos of the VHS tape here.
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8888film.com
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cover
tenacious d show poster
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, the protomen
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here's another one of the many fruits of our on-going collaborations with the protomen. the band played a tribute night in nashville, TN, back in late 2010 and the recordings came out so well they decided to release it. performing as 'queen' for the night, we decided to recreate the iconic 'queen II' record cover in a studio in brooklyn. the photography is by long-time (v) collaborator matt sundin, and the logo work is by M L hope. we handled the art direction, post-production + layout duties. 
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protomen.com
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poster
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film poster for the short film, 88:88.
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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.
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8888film.com
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cover artwork
outside spread
inside spread
poster
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artwork for 65daysofstatic's film soundtrack, silent running.
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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.
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65daysofstatic.com
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sparkler
traffic
bikers poster
max poster
boat poster
BAM festival poster
vinyl, dvd + poster set
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website, posters, typography + packaging for the feature film, pavilion
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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.
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  • ipad / iphone compatible
  • html5 / javascript driven UI
  • animated GIFs / cinema graphs
  • scrollwheel / cursor key navigation
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pavilionfilm.com
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album cover
stitches single cover
awaltzoflight cover
poster
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artwork for polinski's debut album, labyrinths
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paul wolinski is one quarter of the experimental musical machine that is 65daysofstatic. polinski is his more purely electronic side-project.

the discussions for how to handle the artwork for the album started years before the record was even a twinkle in his eye. we'd talked at length for years about films, musics, books, games and designs that appeal to us for whatever reason. whether it be the books of jeff noon or the cassette loading games of sinclair zx spectrum, there was an innate understanding of what this solo project would demand in terms of artwork the moment the demos started to come together.

the final artwork started with us coming up with a story that would capture paul's feelings about various things and how he wanted to translated those into a science fiction tale of some kind. the next step was padding that story out with various touchstone visual elements and then translating those into a series of panels that we could use for the album and any singles. the first image we put together turned out to be the album cover as it is now, and this went onto influence paul's approach to making the music. he then sent us more demos that inspired the creation of more panels, and so the back and forth went until we had enough to illustrate the story / world we had created.

the music video for the album's first single, stitches, was an attempt to bring back the feeling of using the zx spectrum computer, whilst detailing some of the album's narrative elements. more details on the making of the video to follow soon.
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polinskimusic.net
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print
album cover
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music video + print design for LA-based band, sonoio
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we'd been aware for a while that sonoio (alessandro cortini) intended to follow up his unique and well received experimental synth debut, with a 'sequel' record of some kind. then a few months ago we were given the rough mixes of this new record and started to put together ideas for how to top the artwork for the first record and yet make it feel like an organic and fluid transition conceptually. alessandro had already made it clear to us that this record would be based around the colour red, so we simply had to evolve things and further the story of the matisse-esque characters we'd developed for the original blue album cover.

furthermore alessandro was toying with the idea of a music video this time and asked that we might pitch a few ideas to him for a couple of different songs on the record. we came up with 3-4 ideas he chose the most 'live performance' based concept that we had and soon things were under way. the video was for the song enough, which to us was one of the songs that immediately jumped out on the record when hearing it for the first time. once more we recruited the talents of matt sundin (who helped us shoot the 65daysofstatic and war widow album covers) and soon after alessandro was flying to new york to shoot the video with us in brooklyn.

you can read more about making the artwork + video here.
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sonoio.org
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print
album cover
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LP artwork for the LA-based band, sonoio
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alessandro cortini, widely know for his multi-instrumental work for nine inch nails, got in touch with us recently. a fan of our record sleeve and poster work for mellowdrone, he wanted us to create artwork to accompany his new solo project, SONOIO.

now we say 'artwork' as opposed to 'design work' because he was particularly interested in the looser, more painterly / emotional elements of our work over some kind of cleaner, tighter design effort. modwheelmood (his previous band) had been heavy on the minimal design / die-cutting and this time, the record being much more personal to him, alessandro wanted a more cathartic, hand-made quality.

we talked for a while and decided that we should try to create something that had a european quality to it - something that harked back to alessandro's roots. combining this with a visual device that we felt was most honest to the lyrical content on the record, we came up with the two matisse-esque characters you see on the cover, who are trying to cover up the holes in their chests. the colour choices were then informed in part by the colour of the buchla synth itself. the pencil marks are that of my father thomas newbolt, who's drawings we cut up and relocated elements of for the sake of adding more movement / life to the collage.
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sonoio.org
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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.
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bigblackdelta.com
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poster 2
poster 1
poster 3
poster 4
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open studio posters
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thomas & clare newbolt wanted us to create posters for their open studios. now that two have been made and they illustrate a different more minimal side of what we're capable of, we thought they were worth posting here.
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film poster
album cover
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artwork for the protomen's second album, act 2 - the father of death
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everything about this record cover + poster had to be bigger and better. the moment we heard act 2 we knew the protomen had taken things far beyond anyone's imagining, and that we were under a huge amount of pressure now to produce artwork that echoed that through & through. we were aware of john delucca's work after collaborating with him on a previous poster for the band, and hired him once again to produce the fantastic 'streets of fire' inspired drawing you see above. we then took care of the sleeve + poster layouts and also put together the 24 page booklet that would detail the story behind the music on the album.
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protomen.com
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wide
cover
back cover
poster
_what
artwork for mellowdrone's second LP, angry bear
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mellowdrone called us one evening in march wondering if we were at all interested in working with them on the artwork for the follow-up record to 'box', an album which we'd played into the ground obsessively for who knows how long. work began immediately with discussions about what the new record was saying and where the band were at now. turns out they were the same age as us and into all the same stuff (david lynch, fist of the north star etc.). we then toiled for a while on an idea and passed it over to them. it was the right direction. we then produced 2 more pieces in a similar vein that formed a narrative around the core concept and produced templates for both cd + vinyl. the vinyl doesn't contain the third and final panel of the artwork, but it does have a blue plastic disc and a nice design idea for navigating which side is which.
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poster
_what
escape from new york film poster
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every film has to have a great film poster to go with it. 65 asked us to make sure this was the case with their road movie. 11 completely different designs were produced, this was the winner.
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cover
back cover
lyrics + credits sheet
labels
release show poster
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7" vinyl single artwork for the nashville-base band, the protomen
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this is the protomen's first release from their forthcoming new album, tentatively titled 'act 2'. taking inspiration heavily from the two tracks on the disc, we discussed all the many underlying themes in the music and how to represent them in the most simple and powerful form. as ever with the protomen, there's more than meets the eye and if you look closely at what we created here you'll find a number of interesting treats.
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hope rides west
conquest of the west
the fight for light
dragon con
a&g ohio poster
mercy lounge
mercy lounge 2
_what
posters for the nashville-based rock band, the protomen.
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whilst working on their website the protomen invited us to design a series of tour posters for them. the results of this work can be seen here. the original artwork is not always by us - we are often hired to handle the typography, layouts and post-production on the designs to make them look authentic and retro where necessary.
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theprotomen.com
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