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Red Frog Events

Illinois State University alumni-owned business Red Frog Events ranked Number 9 on Crain’s 2012 list of the 20 Best Places to Work. I’ve worked on several stories about Red Frog over the last few years and had the opportunity to visit the last 3 iterations of their office space, with this current space being one of the coolest office environments I’ve ever experienced. The video captures just about everything: tree houses, zip lines, a conference room hidden behind a book shelf. There’s even a small rock climbing wall in one corner of the office. Check this place out!

Here’s the cover shot I put together when we last visited for a feature in the College of Business magazine, which recently won a Regional ADDY Award. The shot features owner Joe Reynolds along with a few of his fellow Illinois State alumni employees.

Cover from the first feature I designed about Red Frog; 2 offices prior when they were still located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. At this time they had about 800 square feet and less than 10 employees, only 2 years prior to opening the office shown above. Downtown Chicago skyline in the background.

Setting up the tree house shot.

Sasquatch! motion video


Fantastic video for the 2012 Sasquatch! lineup. Character design by Invisible Creature; animation by Wintr and Something Savage. And check out the poster detail below, also by IC.

The Groupawn

I just finished a 2-page editorial feature on Josh Stevens (aka The Groupawn), the winner of the Live off Groupon yearlong challenge. This is a pretty amazing story. Josh traveled the United States for an entire year, and even made it to England, and he couldn’t touch cash once; relying on redeeming or trading Groupon coupons for everything he needed, including a place to sleep. View the full article below.

And check out the video entry that got Stevens into the contest:

Oh God, The Aftermath

Oh God, The Aftermath is a generative video experience I created as a final class project using Max/MSP/Jitter. The Max patch (Max project file) overlays 4 separate video files into a dynamic video presentation that is ever evolving and indefinite in length. The videos are divided into their red, green, and blue channels by a random control that also filters their individual opacity levels, resulting in a unique playback experience with each use.

The above 3 minute clips are a random sample of 10 recordings I made to showcase the varying experience created each time the video is run. For those experienced in Max, you can download a screen shot of the patch here, showing how the piece functions.

Due to the bleak nature of the overlapping video clips—The piece includes video of man-made effects on nature, military bomb testing footage, and clips from a documentary on the Chernobyl fallout—and ominous soundtrack, I named the finished experience after the album by Norma Jean and novel of the same name by detailsofthewar. The final video experience, in my opinion, shares many thematic similarities with both.

The project, however, is intended as a tool as well, with the capability to play any videos (2–4 at a time) with the ability to edit the playback/overlapping functions and create any number of thematic, random video experiences.

This project was my first experience with video and the Max software. Special thanks to artist Owen Lloyd for answering my emails, so I knew I was on the right track with the patch functionality.

The art of the title

Two fantastic videos on the history of movie title design from Art of the Title. The first, A Brief History of Title Design, a montage of the most unique title sequences in film history, was released back in March 2011. The second (my favorite) is fresh and covers the title design career of Saul Bass, most of which is unsurprisingly covered in the first video. I love how the audio syncs up with Bass’ titles in this one.

Art of the Title is a leading web resource of film and television title design from around the world that, according to the site, “honor[s] the artists who design excellent title sequences. We discuss and display their work with a desire to foster more of it, via stills and video links, interviews, creator notes, and user comments.” Check it out. There are plenty of great videos.

A Brief History of Title Design

The Title Design of Saul Bass