Andrew Rossi is a #DocuRockStar

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Andrew Rossi is a super talented doc filmmaker. First came on our radar with the amazing “Page One” featuring (we miss him every day) David Carr and Brian Stelter. “Page One” was nominated for two News & Documentary Emmys and a 2011 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Documentary

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Next up, “Ivory Tower.” The film was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy for outstanding business and economic reportings, and is simply essential viewing for anyone interested in the crisis in higher education here in the U.S.

 

And now…Andrew’s kicking off Tribeca’s 15th year with “The First Monday in May” exploring the intersection of fine art, high fashion, and celebrity at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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“The First Monday in May” to Open Tribeca!

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2016 Tribeca Film Festival to Open with Met Gala Doc THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY Tribeca

More here.

Creative License Drives Celebs + Music to Buick’s Super Bowl Spots

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Rockstar licensing gurus Creative License handled celebrity talent procurement & music licensing for GM’s Buick for their first ever spot in the Super Bowl. The spot features New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and actress-model Emily Ratajkowski from the thriller Gone Girl, promoting Buick’s new Cascada, the brand’s first convertible in a quarter-century that is due in showrooms in a matter of weeks. The company says the car, with a sculpted look and wide, athletic stance, will continue its effort to change the perception of Buick.

CL also handled music + celeb duties for a digital-only campaign for the Cascada starring Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper.  The campaign is a series of ad vignettes and a YouTube film that features Kemper in a series of lighthearted, humorous scenarios. Also, a “between the scenes” short shows Kemper attending a yoga class and sharing tips on how she stays camera- and convertible-ready.

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Creative License, with offices in NY, Milan, Mumbai and Sao Paulo, is the top independent firm specializing in the high stakes procurement of celebrity talent, music licensing and copyrighted intellectual property for use in advertising, public relations, special events, and promotional campaigns.

 

Nothing can prepare you for – “THE CHICKENING” !

Update: 1M views on YouTube

The Chickening

World-premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, US-premiered at Sundance this past Sunday night and Schaffer/Rogers premiering RIGHT HERE!  Fantastically sick short film from filmmakers Davy Force + Nick DenBoer.  We proudly represent Davy Force for spots + branded content at 6 POINT MEDIA

You haven’t seen “The Shining” until you’ve seen it infused with chickens!

The Chickening is the first of its kind in remixed, augmented cinema. It is a theatrical trailer for a fictional film in which Stanley Kubrick’s classic film The Shining has been artfully transformed into a new, poultry infused comedy adventure by digitally altering the film to create a new narrative. This new style of filmmaking is a hilarious collision of classic films with modern day visual effects; “Cinegraffiti” — the ultimate neonostalgic visual feast for this digital age.

The Chickening

Fun review + interview from film blogger Scott Wampler below:

The Chickening

NOTHING CAN PREPARE YOU FOR “THE CHICKENING”
Directors Nick DenBoer and Davy Force have created something you simply have to see to believe.
By Scott Wampler Jan. 26, 2016

I have attended Fantastic Fest for many years now, and lemme tell ya: during that time, I have seen a thing or two. I’ve seen courageous feats of karaoke. I’ve had unexpected run-ins with weirdo celebrities. I’ve seen food fights, I’ve seen actual fights, and I’ve had my face melted right the fuck off by the world’s greatest Satanic marching band.

I’ve also had my mind blown by more movies than I could possibly count (if there’s one thing Fantastic Fest does better than anything else, it’s that), and at Fantastic Fest 2015, the most mindblowing bit of filmmaking I encountered was a short film by the name of The Chickening.

At Fantastic Fest, this short (directed by Toronto-based filmmakers Nick DenBoer and Davy Force) was paired with Anders Thomas Jensen’s Men & Chicken, and…well, to say “it took everyone by surprise” would be a massive understatement. The crowd I saw this short with went bananas. We talked about it for months afterwards, hoping that it’d eventually make its way online, where it might be shared with the rest of the world. Today’s a big day for some of us.

It’s an especially big day for The Chickening’s creative team. I was fortunate enough to speak with Nick DenBoer over the weekend, and he agreed to answer a few of my stupid questions about his incredible short:

First question: why?

Why chicken? I grew up on a chicken farm and then worked in my dad’s poultry butcher shop until I was 17, de-boning and slingin’ chicken carcasses. You can’t shake that shit.

My co-director Davy Force and I have been talking about doing this mega, next-level film remix for years and we finally had some free time last March to bust it out. We’re both animators/vfx artists/remixers and we have collaborated on a lot of similar projects, so this came together pretty naturally. The Chickening is a proof of concept we made to pitch around to studios, namely Warner Bros (hence The Shining) in a bid to create a series where every episode is a different remixed classic film. It’s a lot of fun to do and we think it’s got a lot of viral potential, but obviously there’s a lot of red tape in acquiring and regurgitating Hollywood’s sacred cows.

How long did it take you to put this together?

Davy flew up to my studio in Toronto and we shot the shit for about a week, writing and rough editing to force our new narrative on the original film. We then parted ways and cranked on it for about 2 1/2 months; Davy from his studio in LA and me in Toronto. We collaborated remotely and I assembled it as it came together. This was intended to be a 22-minute piece, but we did this for zero budget in our spare time, so we did as much as we could until it worked as a balls-out trailer. If we made our 22-minute version as intended, the narrative would make a lot more sense, but I think it’s going to live as you see it and we are moving on to the next project.

Wait, is that Kenny Hotz of Kenny VS Spenny fame? Holy shit.

Yes, that’s K-Ho. We’ve been pals for a long time. I worked on Kenny Vs. Spenny and we’ve done a lot of messed up video stuff together.  He’s always down for taking his pants off in front of the camera. Kenny’s been a huge help in selling the idea and getting The Chickening into the film festival circuit. He’s onboard to help write and produce more of this kind of stuff wherever The Chickening takes us.

Is there anything special you’d like to note about the short? Anything we might’ve missed the first time through, or any special behind-the-scenes goings-on that were particularly compelling?

There’s lots you probably missed the first time through. Maybe the pictures of ISIS on the wall behind Jack in the office, or the box of chicken-flavored condoms, or the pile of Tommy Wiseau references. This thing is loaded with Easter eggs and designed to be watched a bunch of times, so you’ll keep seeing new details. Kubrick was like that with all the details, too, and we think – although we sort of defaced his film – that we are still paying homage to a great piece of cinema. We wanted every still of this thing to have a WTF vibe.

Behind the scenes shooting was fun. I took a whole chicken and cut off its head and feet to use as a puppet in the final shot where Wendy is getting attacked. Pretty much everything was shot on green screen and comped. It was all done pretty DIY on no budget, so all the voice actors were pals, so it was a blast shooting the mouth replacements. And the shot of the girls dancing is actually me dancing: I mapped the dresses onto my body and then built the hallway in 3D and projection-mapped a still onto it so I could do some fancy virtual camera work. That’s my favorite shot, I think.  I made the music for that too.

We’ve seen stuff along these lines before – clips from famous films reborn with added effects, bits of one title edited into another – but DenBoer and Force are playing a different game here. DenBoer says the original intention was for The Chickening to be 22 minutes long, a claim backed up by the insane plot synopsis included in the press release I received:

Jack Torrance takes a new job as senior chief night manager for “Charbay’s Chicken World” —a state­-of­-the-­art, volcano­-fried, fast-food poultry production facility and resort strategically built on an active volcano. Jack travels to the remote facility with his wife, Wendy, and 42­-year-­old man­-child son, Danny.

During orientation, Mansturd Nurlman (regional manager of Charbay’s) mentions a new experimental product that is currently under development: “The Shiny” — a brand new BBQ sauce created in the research laboratory deep within the radioactive volcano. Strange things start happening to Jack after he tries the sauce, and he slowly begins morphing into a chicken creature and becomes unstable and aggressive.

Scatmok (a hyper­dimensional alien) conspires with Danny and his little friend Tony (a snarky Italian man who happens to be Danny’s index finger) to steal the recipe for “The Shiny” but their plan is compromised when they realize the horrific side effects of the experimental BBQ sauce. Danny and Scatmok decide they must destroy the BBQ sauce pipeline in order to stop the spread of this condition that has mutated Danny’s father.

Meanwhile, Jack has learned some of the restaurant’s darkest secrets from some of the other employees, including a potential cure for his condition. In the end, the restaurant is destroyed in a spectacular exploding BBQ sauce conflagration, with Wendy, Danny, Tony, Scatmok and a now­-cured but frozen­-solid Jack, who grumpily curses his former employers as they drive off in the Beak-Machine into the sunset.

Director Hans Emanuel Rejoins SEED

Director / choreographer Hans Emanuel has returned to the roster at SEED

Having lived in Europe, Mexico and in the USA, Emanuel wields a cultural polish that few can claim. At the start of his career, he developed a sexy edge shooting beauty commercials in Paris. Currently splitting his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles, he has carried that signature style into broadly acclaimed work for automotive, sports, and lifestyle clients.

 

 

SEED Founder/EP Roy Skillicorn began promoting Emanuel in 2014, after meeting him in Venice Beach. Skillicorn was especially motivated by the director’s award-winning commercial for O.P.I. in Paris, featuring a dancing horse that won at Cannes, the Clios and the Cristal Festival.

 

 

In 2015, realizing Emanuel’s talent, Skillicorn suggested that he seek work in European marketplace and encouraged him to establish himself there. Taking Skillicorn’s advice, Emanuel spent more time in Barcelona where he found, to his delight, a very accepting market for his stunning, energetic, visually hip imagery. Emanuel developed a narrative directorial flair that incorporates contemporary, youthful lifestyles and often involves body movement, dance and “rhythm,” a major theme in his aesthetic.

 

 

His most recent work for Cutty Sark, Nivea, Coca Cola, McDonalds and Audi are examples of this sophisticated style. With this mature reel, Skillicorn felt it was time to welcome him back to Seed and he recently shot a Metamucil project for Publicis NY. The spot, currently airing, was shot in Vancouver and features a lovely young woman dancing in her home, so light on her feet that she actually “floats” in the air.

 

 

“I believe Hans’ unique and urbane visions originate from his participation in the various and diverse world cultures that he has both experienced and embraced. Those influences are what makes his work so distinctive, so bewitching and memorable.” Says Skillicorn. “What’s more, Hans’ genteel manner, critical artistic eye and a collaborative attitude toward delivering a client’s message makes him particularly attractive to this market.”

New Symbicort from Ffake + Mike Smith

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From esteemed client ffake and the awesome Mike Smith, A charming update with Gramps and his wife and his two princess granddaughters. Enjoy the party with Symbicort!

Client: AstraZeneca
Product: Symbicort
Agency: JWT NY