• 8.23.17 The Selby's Short Film 'Redmond Hand Private Dick' Twists and Turns

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    A missing cactus. A floating baby. A reappearing raccoon. Todd Selby's new short film, ‘Redmond Hand Private Dick’ has all that plus a snitch in drag. We all know Todd's work well, everything from immersive watercolor dreamscapes to arresting photographs to documentary portraits, but this leap into narrative is something different for Todd. And for good reason. “With my photography I consider myself a creative documentarian. So I’m documenting things that exist in the world at the same time I’m trying to do it in a way that’s creative as possible,” Todd explains. “With this scripted piece it was an opportunity to just totally be creative. And not have it need to have any documentarian roots. So that was a fun thing for me.” All of Todd’s talents are on display: photography, motion, illustration, animation. It all comes together into one piece. And it’s completely unexpected thanks to a script penned by his friend Jason Kreher. Todd and Kreher’s relationship isn't random. A few years ago Todd accepted an invitation to essentially intern at Weiden+Kennedy for a week, hopping from project to project and tethered to Kreher for most of it. “He’s just probably one of the funniest people that I’ve ever met,” says Todd. “So when I started thinking about this trying to do a scripted project I immediately thought of him. I just thought he’s brought such a unique sense of humor and creativity. That’s another fun part about the film: it’s so collaborative.” Kreher worked closely with Todd to create a script that was supremely original but also inspired by stories and experiences they had. Once everything blended together, the result was a twisting, turning gumshoe mystery that tracks everywhere from Echo Park to Selbywood. If you can follow the twists and turns through ‘Redmond Hand Private Dick,’ as audiences followed through the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, the MiFo LGBT Film Festival, the Slamdance Film Festival, the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, Outfest, and the LA Film Festival, you’ll be surprised and tickled at every moment. That’s entirely on purpose. “I’m hoping the film is entertaining and different and surprising,” Todd says. “Working with Jason, we both tried to be different fun and surprising. That was what we were trying to do.” For more information on the film check out this article from AdWeek, and don’t miss the film below!
  • 8.22.17 Bewilder Opens the Potential of Facebook

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    Social media connects us. It brings users together from all over the world and acts as a meeting place for anyone who logs on to interact. It started with status updates and sharing photos, but has become the most powerful tool in the world, offering captive audiences for brands and forums to gauge, change, or witness massive social movements. Facebook is the new meeting house, Instagram is the new museum. And all of them can be the perfect platform on which to launch your next business. Facebook just teamed up with Bewilder to show off their Creative Shop that helps businesses tell their stories on the social media platform. In a series of three videos Ruan Vermeulen and his team focused on three different messages that every business needs to know and understand to activate their base on Facebook in the best and most effective ways. The three messages from the three videos are each unique, but each shows the power of the platform. The first video, “Spark Client Relationships,” portrays two kernels of popcorn pop from their vigorous handshaking, showing that they each become better through their relationships. Plus much more delicious. Your business can meet new clients through Facebook, engaging new members of a community and showing off your skills. In Bewilder’s “Be The Hero” animation, a lollipop gets a call and transforms into a caped defender. As a social media platform, Facebook offers users a space to offer complaints or grievances. Access to that allows for quick witted businesses to create solves. Finally, the “Shake Up Ideas” spot shows dozens of bottles of soda dancing along to a new groove and finally exploding with ecstasy. Since social media is so fast, it’s offers the perfect opportunity to test new ideas and strategies and see how they work before making them bigger messages. It can help the risk averse and the creatively willing. What do you need in your business? Bewilder shows that maybe the way you approach Social Media can help.
  • 8.21.17 Nathan Fox and The Washington Post Bring Light to the Darkness

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    The darkness is upon us – for an hour at least. Today the entire United States is gearing up to witness the first total solar eclipse of its kind in 99 years. The celestial event will plunge much of the mainland US in darkness during the middle of the day, offering many a nice break from daily work and a new story to tell the next generation. The event will be lighthearted for most, an exciting topic of conversation, and that’s because we understand what’s going on astronomically. We know the moon is orbiting in such a way that it will hide sun for a few moments, and then pass through to reveal the sun again. But in centuries past when the moon covered the sun, it was less clear what was happening and many earlier cultures were terrified by the loss of the life-giving sun – so they created their own set of mythos to describe and understand the events. It’s a beautiful complex tapestry of magic and godly interference, and The Washington Post wanted to bring it to life so that our contemporaries could understand it. They asked Nathan Fox to do it. But together Nathan and WaPo wanted to take it a step further. Instead of just showing us pictures of these stories, WaPo commissioned Nathan to create an immersive 3D experience. Using your phone or clicking around the web-based 3D environment allows you to experience how nearly a dozen cultures imagined what happening – and in some cases what they decided to do about it. Nathan’s immersive experience is paired with a comprehensive explanation of his illustrations, but if you dive into it, you’ll also hear a narration allowing you to pick out each story and see how they weave together or at least share space. In Nathan's illustration we see the Pomo's great cranky bear, the head of a demon beheaded by Vishnu, and the Chippewa's flaming arrows sent to rekindle the sun. Plus many more, in all their flaming, violent, and popular glory. So, today, while you’re looking through your pinhole eclipse viewer, confident that the sun will return just a few minutes later, remember for a moment the uncertainty our ancestors felt in seeing the sun vanish and take a moment for thanks that our futures are at least slightly more certain.
  • 8.18.17 Chris Buzelli and Kesha Rise Up for Rolling Stone

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    Few artists have experienced as long and complex a professional half decade as Kesha. Her attempts to emancipate herself from her record deal in account of the abuse she received from her producer was national news and brought information to the public eye that no one would want made public. But she faced the shame and scrutiny so that she could work unfettered. The court did not side with her, though, and it seemed all of her courage had been in vain as she would either have to fulfill her contract under impossible pain, or she could never work again. But what Kesha taught us is that courage is never in vain. Her new EP, Rainbow, just dropped and Rolling Stone asked Chris Buzelli to create a portrait of Kesha that illuminated the themes of her work and her current life to go along a review of her return to music. “This is her rising from the ashes,” says Chris, describing his painting that shows rainbows rising from burnt detritus, transforming into Kesha’s hair as her visage floats above it all. Behind her clouds of smoke billow, but even ash they choke out the sun a flock of birds fly proving that even in the most impossible of circumstances it’s still possible to rise above. Kesha’s story is one of hard won resilience and, despite the reputation of Pop Music being more about fun jams that serious introspection, Chris’ image shows us that there’s more to learn than we may expect.
  • 8.16.17 Lola Paprocka of Lola + Pani Finds Beauty in All Forms for Vogue Italia

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    Memories are more than moments. A smell can whisk you back to the beach, a touch can recall a relationship, and even architecture can be like home. Lola Paprocka, of Lola & Pani, grew up in Poland so her childhood was colored by the Brutalist architecture that was popular in the region. And that architecture reminds her of home. “I grew up in Eastern Europe so I’ve always had a soft spot for Brutalist architecture. Maybe because I’ve been in England for over 15 years, it’s like a memory from childhood,” she explains. When Vogue Italia approached her to shoot a new fashion story she wanted to do something that felt close to her heart, so she put a focus on Brutalist architecture. It does, after all, have its own sense of beauty. And she wanted to share what she sees. The story wasn’t shot in Poland, or even in Belgrade where she shot a similar personal project years ago that she turned into a book. Instead, this story was shot in London, a city that has its own gems of Brutalist architecture. But the story is about far more than just the buildings. “I wanted to make it as natural as possible so it doesn’t feel over-styled or extremely fashion, I wanted it to have it shot like a documentary,” she explains. “I really like to have the environment around rather than just show clothes. I thought it’s going to be a bit more natural as if I were going for a walk and doing it myself without a whole team.” So that’s what she did. She put a shared focus on the clothes, an intimate feeling with the models, plus landscape and architecture to shape a narrative that encompasses more than just style or fashion. It evokes emotion and draws the viewer in to see familiar elements in ways they’ve never seen before. When Lola was tasked with this project, she made it a point to stick to shooting what she loved so she could share that unique and personal point of view with us and with Vogue Italia. And it paid off. We're thrilled to welcome Lola Paprocka and Pani Paul to our roster. See more of their work here.
  • 8.15.17 Radio Puts SpongeBob in Your Pocket for Nickelodeon

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    What’s going on in Bikini Bottom? We’re not entirely sure, and we think it’s probably best if you don’t think too hard about it. SpongeBob SquarePants and all his friends (and maybe an enemy or two) are always engaged in thrilling escapades that are more mature than you probably remember, using humor and absurdity to talk about real human issues with more than a couple laughs. The show has been on the air for nearly 18 years, with 242 episodes over the life of the series. Those kinds of numbers aren’t a fluke. It’s thanks to the relatable and loveable SpongeBob and Patrick that keep people coming back. And now you can have more SpongeBob in your life thanks to Radio and Nickelodeon. The South Africa and UK based creative studio teamed up with Nickelodeon to create a series of “Stickers” for iMessage on Apple phones. The GIFs features SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr Krabs, and even fan favorite “Handsome Squidward” who has become a meme in is own right. The stickers are available to iOS users who can inject them into their everyday conversations, letting the joy and farce of SpongeBob and his undersea compatriots color their text messages. To get your own collection of Radio’s SpongeBob SquarePants stickers in your pocket, download the free app though the App Store.
  • 8.11.17 Andrew Fitzsimons Uses Beauty for Transgender Activism

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    Our lives are largely dictated by how we see ourselves, and how we see ourselves is influenced in large part by how others see us. That’s why external transformations can have such a powerful effect on the psyche and change the way we walk through this world. That’s something that Andrew Fitzsimons knows from his daily work in the beauty industry and something he’s hoping to use as a tool for change with TEEP (Transgender Economic Empowerment Project) and the LGBTQ center in Los Angeles. “Beyond it being a program to help trans women feel confident, what I want to focus on and bring attention to is the gender non-conforming community,” Andrew tells V Magazine. “Coming from the beauty industry, being able to see people express themselves however they choose to, and it isn’t only makeup or hair, but it is about self-care and being your own authentic self.” Few communities in the US are as vulnerable as the trans community. They face undue discrimination and intense scrutiny just stepping out their doors while they try to live their lives. It can often feel like a daily battle. But by offering the opportunity to lift members of the community up, even through beauty, the effect can be magnanimous. “I felt like creating a program where myself and my peers (beauty professionals, celebrities, editors) would be able to pool our resources," Andrew says. "We live in an age where cosmetics are one of the biggest industries and we get sent so many products we don’t even know what to do with. So I said 'I’m a feminist, I would love to first and foremost help women.' There was a community of women and non-conforming people that don’t have access to a lot of self-care products. I wanted to built a bridge between the beauty community with a beautiful, vibrant, and growing community and build a bridge not only for beauty professionals to donate and conduct an act of service, but [also] to open up a conversation about why an organization like TEEP exists and why there is a need to help the trans community. Self-esteem plays such a big role in people’s lives and people feeling like their most authentic selves.” Sometimes the most powerful thing an ally can do for a marginalized group is to speak up and lend a helping hand. That’s exactly what Andrew Fitzsimons is doing with TEEP and the LGBTQ center. For more information, check out the piece in V Magazine. Photographs by Greg Swales.
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