Happening: Leviathan presents at SXSW 2015

Date: Mar. 16, 2015

Forget Screens: Immersive Content Lives Everywhere

Innovations in visual design and technology now allow entire buildings to become multi-dimensional screens, or human movements to create dynamic larger-than-life art. Creatives can map data in real-time to affect a kinetic sculpture. Crowds can control giant video installations with their mobile devices. Experiences like these and others continue to blur the lines between physical and digital. Our panelists will explain the data and software challenges, re-thinking the creative processes, and adhering to the real-world issues they face when creating these pieces. They will demonstrate how techniques such as projection mapping, sensors, robotics, data streams, engineering and fabrication have been used to craft some of the most memorable installations to date. Read on

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News Coverage: Cap Gun Collective Adds Director Daniel Benmayor For U.S. Spot Representation

Date: Mar. 11, 2015

SHOOT Magazine

Commercial and feature director Daniel Benmayor has joined the roster of production house Cap Gun Collective (CGC) for U.S. spot representation. He was formerly handled by Anonymous Content. “I’ve admired Daniel’s work over the years at Anonymous Content,” said CGC executive producer Jason Botkin. “He brings a unique blend of visual sophistication and raw energy to his films. You can really see an innate understanding of story and film language in his narrative work. He knows how to build tension, develop characters and deliver a strong finish.” Building on his solid history in commercials, where he has worked for scores of major brands and agencies worldwide, Benmayor has also directed three feature films. The most recent is Tracers, which stars Taylor Lautner and will be released in theaters and on demand on March 20. Read on

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News Coverage: Big Sean 'Blessings' (feat. Drake and Kanye West) by Darren Craig

Date: Mar. 9, 2015

By Cat Valez, for Promo News

"This promo for the track Blessings, regroups hip-hop powerhouses: Big Sean, Drake and Kanye West. Director Darren Craig decided to push for a dark, solemn and somewhat reverent video as a backdrop for their rap through which they count their blessings, dismiss the haters, and talk fame and fortune. "DoP Joseph Labisi - whose recent credits Nicki Minaj's Only, and Prince Royce's Stuck On a Feeling - achieved the look at 1 Big Stage in Glendale, California. DARREN CRAIG: 'This is my first time working directly with Big Sean, Kanye and Drake, and this is obviously a monumental song. With that in mind, we set out to create something dark and beautiful, I think we achieved that.'" Read on

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News Coverage: Manuel Pérez Peña Fuses Interior and Production Design At Cutters

Date: Mar. 4, 2015

By Andrew Schneider, for Screen Magazine

"Manuel Pérez Peña first started at Cutters Studios in Chicago as an assistant editor following his graduation 14 years ago from Columbia College. Today, he's the company's creative director. "That's not a common full-time staff position for a company specializing in commercial production and post-production, but given the unique approaches Cutters’ principals have employed over the past 35 years in building their company – and the scale of their operations, which now span both U.S. coasts, the Midwest and Tokyo, Japan – appointing Peña, who is originally from Burgos, Spain, to this position was a natural fit." Read on

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News Coverage: Mike's Hard Lemonade intros an 'unexpected' digital ad

Date: Feb. 24, 2015

By Lewis Lazare, for Chicago Business Journal

"...The newest digital execution is a one-minute video created by Chicago-based production company Sarofsky Corp. in conjunction with ad agency Trisect Chicago, which has done work for Mike's. The goal of the video was to put the Mike's Hard Lemonade bottle front and center and then create a constantly-shifting animated landscape filled with quirky action behind the bottle. "Explained John Filipkowski, Sarofsky's creative director: 'We kept the illustration style and color palette very minimal, which allowed us to let the hero bottle, as well as all of the personalities of our characters, shine.'" Read on

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Original: Help yourself to Sustenance Daily

Date: Feb. 15, 2015

Sustenance Daily from Darnell Works

Enjoy a full spread of food-related news, tips, recipes and other interesting treats from people I respect and admire. My business partner, the real-life nutrutional, fitness and culinary superhero Beth Darnell, inspired me to create this ever-expanding compendium of vital advice.
Publisher, press agent, consultant, and writer-producer Roger Darnell is the principal of The Darnell Works Agency, the go-to PR firm for creative agencies, brands and entertainment ventures. Read on

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Original: Off Camera with Sam Jones begins year three

Date: Feb. 2, 2015

universal positive from Darnell Works

It’s been a year since I last spoke with the acclaimed photographer and director Sam Jones, who is the publisher, host and editor-in-chief of the Off Camera website, magazine, TV show and podcast. Sam launched his on-camera interview series in 2013 with these words: “…as much as I have tried to create a multi-platform technologically relevant episodic blogpodzine, I am really just using new tools to do the same thing I have always done; which is follow my interests, and try to get in the room with some really interesting people.” Read on

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News Coverage: Cutters cuts the best of Super Bowl XLIX

Date: Feb. 2, 2015

By Nat Ives, for Advertising Age

"Not Just Views but Real Engagement: Always' #LikeaGirl Is a Super Bowl Winner"
"This isn't views we're counting this time, as basic and valid as those views are. This Super Bowl scorecard tracks activity across YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and search that's explicitly related to the commercials, as calculated by iSpot. And iSpot weights the activities, too, so promoting and sharing a video counts for more than just watching it, which in turn is more valuable than just liking or voting for it.
"And by that measure of engagement, after a late-breaking surge on Monday through 2 p.m. ET, look who won the Super Bowl (although Bud's "Lost Dog" is near the top, same as with simple views)..." Read on

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Happening: Ewasko renders Vegas and Newport Beach

Date: Jan. 29, 2015

January, February 2015 desktop calendars

Featured January and February, 2015, desktop calendar imagery: Fremont East District, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Orangeine Sky by Ewasko, Newport Beach, California.
We hope you enjoy this image selection from the 2015 calendar collaboration between brothers Tommy, Bill and Tony Ewasko and their united businesses, Ewasko Studio and Aloma Printing. Read on

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News Coverage: Joe Murray and Thom Blackburn launch Wondersmith

Date: Jan. 24, 2015

Stash Magazine

Creative industry veterans Joe Murray and Thom Blackburn launch their new design/VFX/editorial/production studio called Wondersmith in Charlotte, NC.
From the release: Two accomplished creative industry executives are very proud to announce the official launch of their new creative production company that’s focused on serving agencies and brands worldwide. The company is called Wondersmith (http://wondersmith.tv) and the principals are founder and executive producer Joe Murray and creative director Thom Blackburn. Read on

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News Coverage: Rotterdam Film Review for Jeppe Rønde's "Bridgend"

Date: Jan. 25, 2015

Guy Lodge, for Variety

Cap Gun's first feature film co-production.
"An unimaginable reality is brought to the brink of clarity — only to plunge right back into a psychological abyss — in Danish helmer Jeppe Ronde’s potent, pain-ridden “Bridgend.” A big-screen dramatization of the much-scrutinized teen suicide epidemic that has plagued the eponymous Welsh town since 2007, Ronde’s first foray into narrative filmmaking [is] a subjectively sensory interpretation of events.... This almost oppressively well-crafted pic will divide opinion as its final act slides into elliptical fever-dream territory, but fests and distributors predisposed to thorny talking-point cinema should investigate." Read on

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News Coverage: Erin Sarofsky, Jason White featured among leading designers

Date: Dec. 19, 2014

Rob Carney, for Digital Arts Magazine

"For creative professionals, a new year can often mean a shift in focus – whether that’s on a new aesthetic or on new technology that aids, or indeed sometimes defines, their work. With that in mind, we’ve spoken to leading creatives in illustration, design, motion and more, to see what their plans are for 2015.
"We find out what they’d like to happen in the new year, how their style will develop and grow, the new technology that most excites them and what skills they’d like to learn to take their work in new directions. Read on

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Happening: ENVOY ignites successful launch for Blossom

Date: Dec. 8, 2014

Agency Makes Deep Investments as Partner and Digital Agency of Record

The principals of creative agency ENVOY are very proud to announce their role as partners and digital agency of record for Blossom. Blossom is the Irvine-based company behind the smart water controller of the same name which launched a pre-order campaign on 18 November. After meeting its initial U.S. $30,000 fundraising goal in less than 24 hours (averaging over $1,000 per hour for the first 24 hours), the campaign continues collecting pre-orders and raising additional funds for the privately held company. Read on

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News Coverage: Chat with Cutters Tokyo MD/editor Ryan McGuire

Date: Dec. 8, 2014


"Ryan McGuire, who had stints at both Cutters’ Chicago and Los Angeles offices, opened Cutters Tokyo in 2012, taking on a new market and a new culture. But two things he knew for certain: he wanted to edit, and he wanted his staff to operate under one standard principle — if you are not having fun, you’re not doing good work. That mantra seems to be working. The studio is thriving, and McGuire is doing some of the best work of his life, bringing home multiple Cannes Lions, a pair of trophies from the Spikes Advertising Festival, a Hugo, a TED Ads Worth Spreading award, and the Craft Award for editing at the 53rd ACC Awards in Japan. A recent job he’s particularly proud of is You Are Someone’s Friend — Facebook’s first-ever spot for the Japanese market, via W+K Tokyo and Epoch Films director/DP Zachary Heinzerling. It was edited by McGuire along with Aika Miyake at Cutters Tokyo. It debuted in October." Read on

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News Coverage: Sid Lee NYC adds award-winning creative talents

Date: Dec. 1, 2014

Advertising Age

"Sid Lee's New York office has added four creatives to its team. Design director Verena Michelitsch joins from design agency RoAndCo, where she was senior designer. She first established herself as an art director as a founding member of Austrian design studio En Garde. Co-creative director Cecilia Azcarate joins from M&C Saatchi, where she was an associate creative director. Born in Spain, she has also held art director positions with New York-based agency Johannes Leonardo, Happiness Brussels and Anouk & Company in Belgium. Senior creative Andre Gidoin joins from Leo Burnett, where he was senior art director after a stint as an interactive art director for Leo Burnett in Milan. Copywriter Dana Tiel joins from Grey New York after two years at that agency."

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Happening: Coming soon: David Carson originals, prints and art

Date: Dec. 1, 2014

Join the exclusive David Carson Art mailing list

In late 2014, revolutionary designer David Carson quietly launched David Carson Art website, aimed at offering original art, prints and insider information to those who sign up for his exclusive VIP mailing list. Proclaimed the world's most famous graphic designer by China’s CASA International magazine, David is one of America's most important artists according to the Smithsonian Institute, and the most influential graphic designer of our time according to Surfrider Foundation. During a recent trip to Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia, he gave a talk and was also interviewed for The Australian. The in-depth feature story discussed many aspects of his life and work, including what he learned through his famous contributions to Surfer and Ray Gun magazines. Read on

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Happening: Sneak peek at ANABILITY.COM

Date: Dec. 8, 2014

Custom Ability Reports enabling personal mobility

In partnership with mobility solutions provider Scott Darnell, Darnell Works, Inc. is very proud to invite you to view our work-in-progress website for a new joint venture launching in early 2015. Targeted to wheelchair-bound individuals in the U.S.A., this service aims to leverage Scott's unique expertise and experiences to help others get up-to-speed quickly and effectively. Each custom Ability Report includes the following: Exploration of accessible transportation with at least 3 different well-suited options; U.S. Governmental agency directory covering all major areas of disability; Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists; Funding sources; Introductions to organizations, networks, locally certified dealers, and resources straight from Scott’s rolodex, including 1 additional hour of customer service by email and/or telephone after report is delivered. Read on

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Happening: More Orleans Hotel and Casino from Ewasko

Date: Dec. 7, 2014

Travelin' Joe: Ewasko Stories from the Road

Veteran imagemaker Tommy Ewasko is proud to present more of his recent photo shoot for Boyd Gaming Corporation's Orleans Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, where Mardi Gras is celebrated each and every day. The flair and flavor of the famed "Big Easy" meet the fun and dazzle of Las Vegas at this unique property, making it the perfect subject matter for Tommy's artistry. A world-class artist dedicated to producing unique, exacting and exciting creative photographic imagery, Tommy has garnered rave reviews for his boutique and gallery exhibitions across the United States and his works can also be seen in his Getty Images, America’s Moments and Framespan galleries. Currently enjoying new collaborations with an ever-expanding field of creatives, Tommy also continues pursuing award-winning partnerships with the finest designers and creative directors from Houston to New York, and beyond.

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News Coverage: New website re-introduces California brand design agency BASIC

Date: Nov. 25, 2014

Creative Review Feed

Since launching in 2010, BASIC has built a solid reputation for using design to connect brands and people through the things they love... products, services, experiences and stories. With a growing client list of world-class brands and as a frequent partner to other high-caliber creative agencies, BASIC specializes in design-led, integrated brand communication and digital innovation. Last year, the agency earned Webby Award Honoree recognition in both the Best Practices and Best Web Application/Service categories. "We work across categories and mediums, and some of the new work I'm excited to showcase is our retail and communication work for New Era, our digital work for Nixon and our global brand refresh for Incase," explained BASIC CEO Matt Faulk. Read on

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News Coverage: Model Makers: Rebranding and Retooling Creates A New Flavor

Date: Nov. 23, 2014

SHOOT Magazine

Sol Design FX, a long-standing shop in the Cutters’ family of companies, changed its moniker to Flavor in August 2013, helping the design/VFX division to attract attention on its own coinciding with the addition of a couple of key new players. Cutters Studios’ CEO Tim McGuire shed some light on the decision to launch Flavor, recalling, “A little more than a year ago, together with my Cutters Studios colleagues, we recognized that something new and exciting was happening in the design industry, and we decided to refocus our talent and effort to make a statement. Together, after a lot of brainstorming we decided to relaunch our VFX and design brand as Flavor. That rebranding effort fit perfectly with the addition of executive producer Darren Jaffe and executive creative director Brad Tucker [both formerly of Superfad], and helped us create some considerable buzz across the industry at-large.” Read on

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News Coverage: Dictionary’s new director helmed Bud Light spot

Date: Oct. 7, 2014


"DAN WAYMACK, DICTIONARY FILM’S NEW DIRECTOR/DP filmed the entire Colorado town of Crested Butte, population, 1,500, for Bud Light/Energy BBDO’s “Up for Whatever” campaign, in which they painted the main route through the town bright “Bud Light Blue.” Anheuser-Busch paid $500,000 to the small ski community to rent the town for two days, turning its historic downtown into “Whatever USA.” About 1,000 visitors were flown into town for the big weekend. Waymack, of Little Rock, Ark.-based Waymack and Crew, a pioneer and specialist in HD production, is the seventh director on Dictionary’s directorial roster. Waymack and Dictionary’s managing director Chris Rossiter go back a long way. They had worked together on many commercials for Leo Burnett clients when Rossiter headed the agency’s production department. “Up for Whatever” was edited by Cutters’ Jacob Kuehl. Cutters is prepping more Energy BBDO work." Read on

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Happening: ENVOY supports VIZIO's expansion into Canada, Mexico

Date: Nov. 1, 2014

Official VIZIO Blog

Over the past two months, VIZIO has announced that its products are now available online and in-stores across Canada, and at Sam’s Club and Walmart Supercenter retail locations throughout Mexico. Consumers in Canada can visit VIZIO.ca to shop online and learn more about VIZIO's partnerships and available products. In Mexico, VIZIO is now delivering its full line-up of HDTVs backed by North American-based customer service, providing customers there access to its collection of E-Series and M-Series Full-Array LED TVs, including Smart TVs.

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News Coverage: Time Lapse of Sarofsky’s Warehouse to Studio Reno

Date: Oct. 28, 2014

Stash Magazine

"Insightful and detailed look at the total rehab of a 'beat-up, old, barrel-truss building' in Chicago's West Loop by Erin Sarofsky and Mark Olthoff of Olson Kundig Architects into an expansive new studio that would feel right at home in Santa Monica, Venice or Culver City. From the release: Well known in the graphic design, motion picture and TV industries for her work as a design and creative director with credits spanning major studios and brands, Sarofsky established her company in Chicago back in 2009, and by 2012, it had outgrown its space. 'It was clear that financially it made more sense for me to buy than rent,' she began..."

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News Coverage: Cap Gun Collective Director Matt Miller Continues to Rise as Commercial Director

Date: Oct. 23, 2014

SHOOT Magazine

"...Notably, Matt Miller is the co-creator and director of the "Teachers" web series, which he developed with the sketch group The Katydids and produced through Cap Gun TV, Cap Gun's original content arm. That project has recently been ordered to series by TV Land. Having signed with Cap Gun as a commercial director earlier this year, Miller's recent comedic spots for The Hartford via agency Rodgers Townsend and for Trulia via FCB West are currently earning solid reviews from the global creative industry..."

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Happening: Leviathan's Chad Hutson to present at SXSW Interactive 2015

Date: Oct. 20, 2014

Forget Screens: Immersive Content Lives Everywhere

"...Our panelists will explain the data and software challenges, re-thinking the creative processes, and adhering to the real-world issues they face when creating these pieces. They will demonstrate how techniques such as projection mapping, sensors, robotics, data streams, engineering and fabrication have been used to craft some of the most memorable installations to date..."

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News Coverage: Cutters, LOOKER Partner For UN 'HeForShe' PSAs

Date: Oct. 8, 2014

Screen Magazine

"...Ultimately, Cutters Studios executive producer Elizabeth Krajewski was able to make a powerful impact on the HeForShe campaign by addressing the need for a sensational public service announcement through her talented team and contacts, including LOOKER director Eden Tyler. Having just returned from shooting a spot in India where he'd attended a play about Delhi gang-rape victim Nirbhaya, Tyler loved the campaign PSA's focus on men standing up for women. 'What happens when men come together to talk about women? Well, all the stereotypical images come to mind,' Tyler confided. 'With this film, I thought it would be interesting to shift the conversation in a way that people don't expect...'"

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Happening: "Phantom Rider" now free to read on Tales of Mason

Date: Oct. 1, 2014

By William F. Martin

Tales of Mason is the official website for Western novelist William F. Martin. Please consider picking up copies of all the Clint Mason books for yourself and a friend, and also look for the contents of book five of the series, "Phantom Rider," currently appearing on this site. Will Clint's very next showdown be his last?

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Happening: ENVOY creates awesome Blake Griffin #SlamDunkPoetry project for VIZIO

Date: Sep. 25, 2014

Share Blake's Spoken Word

"For Keyboard, with Love" By Blake, Penned for Darnell: Tell me once, no, tell me twice, isn't Keyboard so very nice? I know you know Darnell, my comrade, our feelings for keyboard make us both quite glad. If I've said it before, I'll say it again, I love Keyboard 'cause it's powerful and that makes me quite zen. - Blake

This awesome Blake Griffin #SlamDunkPoetry project for VIZIO features design, development and love from hybrid creative agency ENVOY. Enjoy!

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Happening: Sid Lee hosts Love Hate Back Art Exhibition + Fundraiser

Date: Sep. 23, 2014

A Sid Lee project to turn ugly words of hate into beautiful works of art

On 23 Sept., Sid Lee New York hosted a one-of-a-kind art exhibition and fundraiser featuring artwork by 11 artists and 25 students from Claremont International High School aimed at transforming the ugly feelings created by cyberbullying into beautiful works of art. The inaugural #LoveHateBack art exhibition, auction and benefit held at NYC's ADC Gallery kicked-off the exclusive auction on digital art marketplace Paddle8. The auction then continued online through Oct. 6, raising thousands of dollars for PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.

This latest offering from the inventive Sid Lee Collective program continues to raise national awareness against bullying. Victims of cyberbullying are invited to view inspirational artworks created by others and contribute their own online at http://lovehateback.com.

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News Coverage: Flavor - Using Flame Premium to expand their service offerings

Date: Sep. 15, 2014


Driven by a spirit of creative experimentation and close collaboration, Flavor creates visual effects, live action, interactive, and finishing work for commercial advertising clients - including Ford, Mercedes, Arrow Electronics, State Farm, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, and Stevens Point Brewery. A sister company of the legendary and multifaceted studio Cutters, Flavor is a collective of designers and visual artists with studios in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, New York City and Toyko. Cutters was one of the first companies to see the potential in what would become Autodesk® Flame® software, and purchased a license back in the mid-1990’s. Since then, Flame has been an integral part of the company’s ever-expanding offerings. Moving to Autodesk® Flame® Premium was a natural choice for Flavor.

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