HAPPENINGS

  • ROLSTON@LArge Expands Roster With Director Bruno Ilogti

     ROLSTON@LArge Expands Roster With Director Bruno Ilogti

    ROLSTON@LArge, the beauty and lifestyle division of @LArge Productions, launched in collaboration with Creative Director/Director Matthew Rolston, is pleased to announce the signing of award-winning Writer/Director Bruno Ilogti.

    Having won the Unilever prize last year at Cannes at the age of 27, Bruno Ilogti is a rising star in fashion-driven commercials and lifestyle advertising campaigns. Focusing on the European fashion and beauty markets, Bruno has directed projects for Valentino, Marni, Vogue Italia, L’Oreal, Maybelline, Peuterey, and Vivara (featuring Gisele Bundchen), among other noted national and international brands.

    Bruno is also known for his style-driven music videos including those for Nicki Minaj, Diplo, Major Lazer and Rick Ross. His “Hungry” and “Just like You” for American superstar Fergie, and “Bang” and “Essa Mina é Louca (This Girl is Crazy)” for Brazilian pop phenom Anitta, have nearly half a billion views between them on YouTube. His groundbreaking work for major international style houses, such as Valentino, contributes innovative and expressive filmmaking to the taste-making industry.

    After graduating from college in New York, Bruno launched his career directing the short film “Reason” (2013), which stars the award-winning actress Anna Mouglalis (Coco in “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky”), androgynous supermodel Andreja Pejic, and iconic cover girl Jessica Stam.  

    Find out more here: https://www.largeproductionsinc.com/rolstonlarge/.

  • Editor Ethan Mitchell Joins Cut+Run

    Editor Ethan Mitchell Joins Cut+Run

    Cut+Run is excited to welcome editor Ethan Mitchell to the company. Mitchell will be based out of the NYC office and is also available to work via Cut+Run’s locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Austin. The editor is known for editing beauty-infused work in a variety of genres, including visual storytelling, documentary, comedy, and brand supported narratives.

    Mitchell, who was at The Whitehouse for a decade before joining Cut+Run, has earned a reputation for his visually playful and striking campaigns for Google, Apple, Spotify, and Adidas with agency partners 72andSunny, Sid Lee, Droga5, Johannes Leonardo, Translation, and McGarry Bowen.

    He has worked alongside directors that include Marielle Heller, The Fines, Ben Gregor, and ab/cd/cd. But it’s the editor’s close collaboration with director Matthew Frost and Iconoclast that has resulted in astute, category defining projects including the social satire fashion shorts “Aspirational” starring Kirsten Dunst, the Clio award winning “Scripted Content” with Jessica Chastain, and Givenchy’s quirky and disarming perfume launch “Very Irresistible” with Amanda Seyfried.

  • DEX Studio Designs Wine & Spirits Haven “Stanley’s Wet Goods”

    DEX Studio Designs Wine & Spirits Haven “Stanley’s Wet Goods”

    Los Angeles architectural firm DEX Studio is pleased to announce a recent partnership with Stanley’s Wet Goods, a wine, beer and spirits retail environment in Culver City, California, where customers linger to interact with the space vis-à-vis a tasting bar. Stanley’s Wet Goods was meticulously designed by DEX with owner Glen Bell at the helm, further demonstrating his distinctive approach to architectural design.

    Founded on the belief that the magic of Mother Nature enhances the most important moments of life with friends and family, Stanley's Wet Goods was specifically designed to serve as a communal space for like-minded drinkers with a suitable background of the varied products, each with their own personality. 

    The thrust of the design came with the need for artfully storing and displaying the varying bottles. The retail space uses the high ceiling concept to emphasize the divided shelving used for storage and display, while playful lighting fixtures hang from the ceiling to bring the focus to the milled retail islands. A low graphic wood ceiling wraps from the exterior to provide an intimate atmosphere for the tasting area. Timber wood planks, stone and steel were also used to contrast the rich graphic nature of the retail products and bring more elemental aspects that ground the experience where customers will want to gather. 

    “It was a pleasure working with a client who had a clear sense for his concept and the trust in us to meet his challenges,” shares Glen Bell. "With Stanley’s, we sought to create a space that felt familiar, yet unexpected. The idea was to strike a balance between serving John’s practical needs and stimulating the customer’s senses. The design became a focus on materials and craftsmanship that, like many of the products he sells, become better with age.”

  • DeMane Davis Directs Queen Sugar

    Director DeMane Davis’ inaugural episode of the acclaimed series Queen Sugar debuts on OWN, and she is now embarking on directing Episode 215, airing October 18. Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Drama, the series follows the life of three estranged siblings who move to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inherited sugar farm, and the unfolding challenges that follow. Series creator Ava DuVernay sought out Davis as part of her vision for the show, which is helmed by a roster of women whose work has inspired DuVernay over the years. The production has forged new ground in crew diversity, boasting all female editors in its second season in addition to the female directors for seasons one and two. 

    Davis’ experience as a writer and director affords her the rare understanding of both sides of creating television, film and advertising. Represented as a commercial director through Sweet Rickey, Davis applies astute observation, writing expertise, and the ability to usher forth intimate, powerful performances to her short and long-form work. Among her signature projects, campaigns for Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as the IFC-Spirit Award nominated feature film LIFT, starring Kerry Washington. Queen Sugar is Davis’ foray into directing television.

    Queen Sugar’s episode 206 may be Davis’ television debut, but the director felt the show’s impact long before her involvement. Inspired by DuVernay's commitment to supporting diversity of creative voices, Davis makes powerful choices with a female helmed production company.

  • Ren & Stimpy as Fine Art?

    Ren & Stimpy as Fine Art?

    It’s been twenty-five years since Ren & Stimpy caused mayhem on Nickelodeon. And unless you’re a hardcore fan, you might still wonder if Ren is the demented chihuahua or the half-witted cat. (Stimpy, for the record, is the blue-nosed cat; Ren the mosquito-looking dog.) The series‘ black comedy, toilet humor, and sexual innuendo led to altercations with Standards and Practices and earned ardent fans worldwide. Those fans now have a chance to be an instrumental part of this cult favorite - through a Kickstarter launched in support of the documentary Happy Happy, Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story.

    The feature length documentary, Happy Happy, Joy Joy - The Ren & Stimpy Story, now in postproduction, reveals the collective genius—and longstanding influence—of a series that was cut short. While the departure of John Kricfalusi, the show’s creator, has been well reported, the story of how Ren & Stimpy upended TV animation; touched everyone from neurosurgeons to the superstars at Pixar, AND became a multi-billion property, is fading into obscurity. The film aims to change that through insights gleaned from over 45 artists, directors and network execs connected to the show, plus art historians, and a range of fans. Also featured are original animated shorts from many of the Ren & Stimpy cartoonists.

    In order to complete the film and give the groundbreaking series the wider respect it deserves, the team has launched a Kickstarter at http://www.renandstimpydoc.com/.

  • Splice Provides Editorial, Color & VFX For Amy Lee’s “Speak To Me” Music Video For “Voice From The Stone”

    The creative team at Splice combined forces with Evanescence’s Amy Lee for her latest music video, “Speak To Me,” the original song written for the “Voice From The Stone” feature film soundtrack. The music video pays homage to the film’s tonality and mood by taking us on an intimate journey around an Italian castle rich with character, eclectic architecture and stunning landscapes.

    Shot on the same location as the film in the Italian region of Tuscany, the piece bodes as an enchanting reflection of the landscapes, ethereal ambience and melancholic themes observed throughout Director Eric D. Howell’s “Voice From The Stone,” starring Emilia Clarke. Splice also contributed editorial, color and VFX to Howell’s film, which was released in select theaters and through streaming services this spring.

    “Having a single stop post house that not only handled the film and its promotional needs, but also collaborated wonderfully on the music video was just another example of the professionalism and expertise Splice brought to this project,” concludes Producer Dean Zanuck.  

  • Cut+Run Duo Steve Gandolfi & Luc Giddens Edit Gatorade's Campaign "Make Defeat Your Fuel"

    Gatorade’s “Make Defeat Your Fuel” campaign demonstrates that even the world’s most accomplished athletes may experience the feeling of failure at some point in their career, which can help fuel future success. It’s a reminder that defeat can fuel athletes to get back on the court or field and mentally prepare to train harder, get stronger, practice longer, come back and perform better. The ad features some of sports’ most recognizable names including Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Serena Williams, JJ Watt, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kyle Schwarber and Matt Ryan, all sharing their individual motivations. 

  • Bullitt’s Scott Weintrob Premieres New Documentary “Built to Fail” At The 2017 LA Film Festival

    Scott Weintrob, who is represented commercially by Bullitt, premiered his new documentary, “Built to Fail," at the 2017 LA Film Festival. "Built To Fail" follows Bobby Kim co-founder of The Hundreds as he takes an intrepid journey to define and document one of the most elusive fashion phenomena of our times: Streetwear.

    Weintrob, alongside Bobby Kim aka Bobby Hundreds, directed the definitive streetwear feature documentary traveling around the world to locations including Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul. This vibrant adventure was yet another milestone for the sought-after director, completing spots for brands including Audi, Hyundai, Lenovo, Cadillac, Volvo, and Acura. Weintrob’s recent works also received awards including: Cannes Lion, D&AD, and Creative Circle Awards.

    In “Built To Fail,” Bobby takes a very personal look at the people who were there at the beginning and started it all. From Rick Klotz of Freshjive to Eli Bonerz of X-Large and Stash and Futura of GFS - they share the stories of their early struggles and what drove them in many cases, unwittingly, to create an industry. What starts as a question about the definition of streetwear becomes an intimate mediation as the lines between interviewer and subject blur and Bobby must take a hard look at the company he built, his future and what streetwear has become.

  • Lucky Post Editor Sai Selvarajan Takes A Dive For Costa With Agency McGarrah Jessee

    Commonly known as threatening creatures, sharks — the apex predator of our oceans -- nevertheless, are the lifeblood of our oceans. A new campaign for Costa reveals the intrinsic importance of the species to our ecosystem through the most unlikely champions: three people who were attacked by sharks. Edited by Sai Selvarajan for agency McGarrah Jessee and Rabbit Food Studios, the campaign introduces the fascinating stories of Mike Coots, Paul de Gelder, and Lisa Mondy who turned adversity into advocacy.

    Anchoring the campaign is Costa’s partnership with OCEARCH, a group of explorers and scientists dedicated to generating previously unattainable data on the movement, biology and health of sharks. The information being collected is not only staggering, it’s helping protect these predators at the top of the marine food chain. Ultimately, the number of sharks killed by long-lining, illegal fishing and the shark finning trade exceeds attacks by millions. And as go the sharks, so go our oceans.

    For editor Selvarajan, the goal was to strike a balance with the intimate stories and the global message, from striking footage filmed in Hawaii’s fabled surf mecca, the North Shore. “Stories inside stories,” describes Selvarajan, who reveres the subject’s dedication to saving the misunderstood creatures, despite having their life-changing encounters.