New Web Series Debuts: "Middle Americans"
This 10-part original web series is created, co-written and directed by NYC-based filmmaker Rachel Morgan, who also stars as its hero, Aslaug Slaug. In “Middle Americans,” Aslaug and her adoptive-sister Guter Helmet (series co-star Sarah Tyler) arrive in North Dakota from their home in Dusseldorf, in search of Aslaug’s biological father and in pursuit of their mutual dream of becoming legendary dance performers. Also edited by Morgan and The Whitehouse and executive produced by Cap Gun TV (“Teachers Web Series” and “Apartment Guy”), the show features an assortment of colorful guest stars including Carlen Altman, Cole Koehler, Chuck McCarthy and Alex Rennie, among many others.
"Apartment Guy" Official Selection Of 2014 NYTVF's Independent Pilot Competition
"Apartment Guy," a comedy pilot written by and starring Bill Boehler (a mainstay on the Chicago improv comedy scene) and directed by Alex Fendrich, has been named an official selection of the 2014 New York Television Festival's Independent Pilot Competition. "Apartment Guy" was produced by Boehler with Fendrich and Matt Abramson through Cap Gun TV and edited by The Whitehouse. It will screen during the NYTV Festival in New York City Oct. 20-25.
Extended "Tales Of Us" from Goldfrapp
Cap Gun Collective's cinematic collaboration with director/editor Lisa Gunning and Mute Records recording artists Goldfrapp is now available for instant download via iTunes. This spellbinding "Tales Of Us" film accompanying the album of the same name enthralled audiences around the world via in-theater simulcasts of live Goldfrapp performances of "Tales Of Us" tracks, which were recorded live at London's Air Studios. Now, a deluxe edition of the album featuring all the original tracks, five videos and live versions of "Train" and "Strict Machine" is available here: http://bit.ly/deluxeTOU The "Tales Of Us" film itself, directed by Lisa Gunning and produced by international commercial production company Cap Gun Collective in partnership with its hybrid production studio, Cap Gun TV, is now available on iTunes here: http://po.st/TOUFilm
CGTV Expands into Feature Film Realm
Hybrid production company Cap Gun TV (CGTV) develops, produces and markets original content for multiple platforms. The company's leaders have recently announced a partnership with Blenkov & Schønnemann Pictures in producing acclaimed filmmaker Jeppe Rønde's upcoming narrative feature film, which has the working title of "Suburbs." A dramatic exploration of a well-known suicide trend in Bridgend County, Wales, the film represents CGTV's first foray into the world of feature film production. Shot on-location in and around Bridgend, "Suburbs" features many locals appearing in key roles. Rønde is currently in post-production on the project, and anticipates its debut this Autumn at a prominent international film festival. CGTV innovates new ways of funding and distribution within the landscapes of both traditional and new media, connecting filmmakers, producers and writers to develop content for broadcast, film, digital and video on demand. The group creates digital development pipelines that incubate micro-content into larger, fully realized properties, while collaborating with clients to discover new ways of integrating brand participation into original content. "We believe that a content renaissance is upon us. Filmmaking has never been more accessible for creators and their audiences. It is our mission to make a meaningful contribution, to entertain, tell great stories, create memorable characters, and to capture unforgettable imagery." To learn more please visit www.capguncollective.com/cgtv.
18+ open positions in the OC
Hybrid agency ENVOY currently has 18+ job openings in beautiful Orange County, California, including positions in its Design, Development, Makers and Storytellers, Business and Client Services departments. ENVOY's principals say, "We only use job titles to help define areas of focus," and invite you to tell them what you have to offer and propose your own title. Please visit weareenvoy.com to learn more and direct your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Leviathan's Jason White Brings Experiential Media and Projection Mapping's Future to FITC Toronto
Jason White is the executive creative director for creative studio Leviathan, which he co-founded in 2010 and quickly built into an industry leader in creating phenomenal visual experiences that maximize all media platforms. Among the studio's most high-profile projects to-date are Amon Tobin's "ISAM Live" - which won the 2012 FITC Best Animation Award, was featured in the 2012 Communication Arts Interactive Annual and was shortlisted in the 2012 AICP Next Awards - along with other buzz-worthy feats for musical artists Drake and Skrillex and major brands including Callaway, Dodge, HP, Samsung, Scion and The North Face, to name but a few. Prior to his experiences with Leviathan, Jason co-founded Chicago's Lift Motion Design under the auspices of the Filmworkers Club, where he worked with leading agencies and many of the world's top brands. A graduate of the Illinois Institute of Art, early in his career Jason achieved wide recognition in fine arts. So far in 2014, Jason has presented at FITC and Adobe events in Tokyo and Amsterdam, and his next presentation is scheduled for 27 April at FITC Toronto. For FITC Amsterdam, Jason and his Leviathan colleagues produced the event's opening titles. In reviewing that presentation for the Artists and Algorists website, Gemma Carr wrote: "Jason is passionate about creating pieces that the audience can interact with so that they are all making art together... He ended his presentation with a bit of advice which included that you should always collaborate, and that none of these projects would have been possible without the help of several teams."
How The Leviathan "Ghost Box" Experiment Inspired The World
Last month, the principals of creative studio Leviathan decided to unveil their experimental proof-of-concept project entitled "Ghost Box," which they designed to demonstrate how almost any product of any size can be brought to life by projection with you as the director.Distributed to leading creative industry media outlets worldwide as a video with a short description, the hope was to ignite enthusiasm and excitement around the project and Leviathan's vision, artistry and craftsmanship. As shown in the demo video, Leviathan's first application for Ghost Box was an interactive art installation involving music from Waveplant, but they also revised it into a custom car configurator. The video concludes, "Such technologies could be used for anything from a storefront window to a large-scale event," and asks: "Now that we know it's possible, what do you want to build?" Here are some responses. Australian Creative: "Here's a product demo that creatives will actually love to work with." CreateDigitalMotion.com: "Imagine anything, realized with 3D printing, projection, interaction, illusion. It seems there are extraordinary possibilities to build on the basic concept." Derivative (publisher of project-central Touchdesigner software): "A very fine achievement from Leviathan and music foundry Waveplant." Digital Arts Magazine: "The Ghost Box lets customers digitally customise physical objects in store." PSFK: "The Ghost Box allows customers to develop a relationship with a product where they feel like co-creators." This unique project and others from the studio are opening many exciting new doors. This week Leviathan will host the Women in Film Chicago 2014 Kick-Off Party, and its principals are also set to appear on stage at these upcoming events. 15-16 Feb.: Jason White presenting at FITC Tokyo 24-25 Feb.: Jason White presenting at FITC Amsterdam 8 Mar.: Chad Hutson presenting at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas 27-29 Apr.: Jason White presenting at FITC Toronto
Behind The Scenes With Shilo For The Holidays
Director Anthony Furlong and his colleagues from the Emmy Award-winning creative production company Shilo have created a cinematic holiday card for HBO as shown in the following Behind the Scenes presentation. HBO's holiday video begins in the home of a family sitting down to watch HBO together, then recreates the network's renowned 1983 intro by flying through New York and then moving through the vast landscapes of the United States. For Shilo, attention to detail was paramount as they designed and built every New York building to match the original within this updated style. The paper world they created provides a unique holiday twist connecting to cards, gift wrappings and handmade charm. According to Furlong, his team's research and development phase consisted of building practical houses and characters from paper, which gave them an understanding of how to realistically model each object in their world and which paper weaves would provide the best stand-ins for real world materials. "We wrote a variety of concepts and scripts, with our favorite being a take on the original HBO intro from 1983," he says. "Not only is it a celebration of the iconic intro's 30th anniversary, but it became a perfect holiday journey by visiting the homes of viewers throughout the country. For us, home is what the holidays are all about."
Cooking Channel Holiday
This holiday card produced by Juniper Jones features many of Cooking Channel's top talents, including (in order of appearance) Roger Mooking, Chuck Hughes, Gabriele Corcos, Debi Mazar, Bobby Deen, Kelsey Nixon, G. Garvin and Mo Rocca. The spot appears on Cooking Channel's YouTube channel and can also be seen on the Juniper Jones website with a "Behind the Scenes" presentation.
Shilo's epic VIKING visuals draw raves in Denmark
This video from the Emmy Award-winning creative production company Shilo details the artists' collaborations with Atelier Brückner for the traveling VIKING exhibition. A joint effort between Nationalmuseet, Copenhagen, British Museum, London, and Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Berlin, this exhibition will appear at the National Museum in Denmark through 17 November, with next stops set for London and Berlin.
Lexus "Amazing Mix" Contest Offers Valuable Prizes
An innovative new website and interactive promotion has launched as part of the cross-media campaign for the entirely new 2014 Lexus IS sport sedan. The Amazing Mix site presents a stunning video board where the new Lexus IS sedan is front and center. By using the keyboard, the scene's visuals and audio elements change, creating one-of-a-kind custom mixes which can easily be saved and shared via the user's social channels. Participants will have a chance to win tickets to the 2014 Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival, hotel stay at the event and $2,000, or a $500 cash prize. To enter, visit www.lexus.com/amazingmix, make a custom mix, and upload it to the Lexus gallery. The submission deadline is 8:59 AM Pacific Time on Monday, August 5.
RSVP Now for June 7 #BWSANFRANCISCO Gala Event
Please join the owners of 472 Gallery San Francisco, Presenting Sponsor Streamzoo and dozens of illustrious artists and luminaries for the Gala Reception for the #BWSANFRANCISCO Mobile Photography Art Exhibition this Friday, June 7, from 7:00-9:00pm. This high-profile reception for the innovative #BWSANFRANCISCO exhibition will feature 40 hand-selected black-and-white street shots from thousands of submissions received. RSVP now to attend this fun night of food, drinks and innovative art. Click here to view the invitation.
The Impact Of 12-12-12
In the months since Hurricane Sandy, Robin Hood has allocated over $70 million in grants to nearly 400 different groups which includes 100% of the donations from the historic "12-12-12" Concert for Sandy Relief. Learn more at http://robinhood.org/rhsandy Image courtesy of Juniper Jones.
It's All About Integration At Creative Agency ATTIK
The principals of global creative agency ATTIK are very proud to announce the relaunch of www.attik.com as a simple, engaging showcase presenting case studies for many of its most recent hallmark projects. Focusing on ATTIK’s strengths as an integrated agency offering expertise in Branding, Advertising and Digital, the new website reflects the agency's long tradition for conceptual design. In the words of ATTIK's co-founder and executive creative director Simon Needham, "We have created a site experience where the work is center stage, and where the brand truths that we set out to communicate in our work shine through across all viewing devices and platforms."
Scion Motivate Program Winners, Round I
This week Scion announced the 10 talented and passionate young entrepreneurs who each won a Scion vehicle, Scion accessories, $10,000 and career mentoring as part of the Motivate program. The winners include a nonprofit music program leader, documentary filmmaker and a graphic designer, reflecting the competitive program's focus on the creative arts community.
Flying lessons from Robbie Maddison's AIR.CRAFT
With nearly two million viewings since its debut in February, the unique Robbie Maddison "AIR.CRAFT" short film from DC Shoes, Shilo and director Jose Gomez made it into YouTube's Top 20 Most Shared Ads in February right alongside the best new Super Bowl spots and some other massive branded video sensations. DC Shoes has also released this behind-the-scenes view revealing some of the thrills behind the daredevil performances earning international acclaim for AIR.CRAFT.
From Thornberg & Forester LA With Love
The principals of award-winning design and digital production company Thornberg & Forester (T&F) are very proud to announce the opening of their new Los Angeles studio and detail their contributions to the latest global campaign for Bisquit Cognac via Paris-based creative agency VERSUS. Agence VERSUS (www.agence-versus.com) is a new shop led by its president Emmanuel Bideault with co-founder/art directors Guillaume Alix, Maxime Boizel and Ambroise Louart, and digital consultants Gregory Guedj and Bertrand Serrano. Since last year, VERSUS has been engaged by Distell Group Limited to relaunch the Bisquit brand with a new web presence and a multifaceted international cross-media marketing campaign. Key campaign artwork, including a :30 brand film now live at www.bisquit.com which is launching across selected social media channels for the brand, has been created by T&F. More information on Thornberg & Forester and all the company's latest developments is available at www.thornbergandforester.com.
Transparent House USA
When the international next-generation creative studio Transparent House launched in 2004, it began as a design visualization firm, creating 3D architectural renderings and animated walkthroughs of residential and commercial buildings. That led to 3D renderings of products, and producing videos for launch events and keynotes, which led to the studio offering complete branding services to a diverse client-base, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Firmly believing that art makes the world a more gratifying place to live, the firm's principals continue bringing refined aesthetics to each and every studio project. They also maintain an art gallery at their San Francisco studio, which attracts visitors from all over the world. You are invited to stop by any time, and also to visit them online at www.transparenthouse.com.