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Artjail + Analog

Posted December 4, 2014


Indie creative studios Analog and Artjail forge transatlantic VFX alliance

London-based Analog and New York-based Artjail have teamed up to offer brands and creative agencies each other’s specialized live-action VFX, 3D animation and finishing services. The alliance will make Artjail’s Artists, who specialize in high-end compositing, CG work and finishing for live action, available to Analog’s British clients; and Analog’s photo-realistic 3D visual effects services available to Artjail’s clients in the U.S. market.

Both companies specialize in creating arresting visuals to help tell stories for major brands. Working together, the creative studios will now have greater bandwidth, push each other creatively and technically, and have an expanded brand presence.

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Clay Williams joins Community Films

Posted December 1, 2014


Community Films is pleased to announce the addition of director Clay Williams to its roster for U.S. representation.

Williams has a wicked sense of humor and a keen eye for visuals, both of which permeate his directorial style. Over the years, both directing and working agency-side, Williams’ talents have helped him to create some standout, even iconic ads and campaigns for many top tier brands. His agency experience includes work on projects for Norwegian Cruise Lines, Nissan and Energizer, and Taco Bell. His current directorial commercial reel boasts work for many other big brands, including First Bank, Burger King, Purolator, HBO and Ikea.

View Clay Williams’ reel. Read more.

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The Creator Class

Posted November 19, 2014


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For Creators, By Creators – Toronto-based FREE launches a Millennial-powered digital channel “The Creator Class” in progressive studio partnership with Canon Canada.

“The Creator Class” is a creativity lifestyle channel for those who share their passions for a living. Anchored on YouTube and Instagram, the slate of social programming shares the lives, ambitions, and craft of leading content creatives in Music, Style, Adventure, Arts, and Culture. True to the channel’s collaborative premise, all programming is produced by FREE’s community of leading social storytellers.

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Sadie Cam

Posted November 17, 2014


In case you missed getting a tour of Smith’s new offices last week, here’s the best of the Sadie Cam – a French Bulldog named Sadie “armed” with a GoPro that gives office tours.

Get the full scoop on Smith here.

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GoodDogDeals

Posted November 14, 2014


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3MillionDogs.com™ has launched the first aggregator of dog deals online: GoodDogDeals. What Kayak® did for travel, GoodDogDeals™ does for Dogs.

3MillionDogs.com (formerly Dogbook), one of the fastest growing websites for dogs, announced the launch of GoodDogDeals. With over 100,000 products from leading online retailers like PetFlow, Wag, PetCo, PetSmart and many others, the site gives users the ability to shop and compare prices on food, toys, accessories and medicine all in one place.

And not only will GoodDogDeals be a one stop shop for all things dog, but it will also be a great place to give back to dogs in need with 5% of profits going to deserving shelters. It’s all part of 3MillionDogs efforts to “Make the World a Better Place for Dogs.”

3MillionDogs.com, was launched by Geoffrey Roche, founder of Lowe Roche, and his son Alexandre.

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Meet Smith

Posted November 11, 2014


Toronto-based Crush, Notch, AXYZ and Lollipop have come together, combining their creative skill and craftsmanship to forge a new identity.

Meet Smith, a shop that proves that four core competencies are better than one, comprising AXYZ’s VFX and animation wizardry, Notch’s colour grading artistry, Crush’s wide-ranging creative exploration and Lollipop’s diverse digital capabilities.

Smith has a huge range of talent ranging from some of the top people in the industry to a wide variety of up and coming artists and producers. Smith’s a production/post/digital shop that’s better, faster, stronger and more relevant to today’s industry. View their montage reel above.

Want to get a look inside Smith? Well, tune into the SadieCam (a French Bulldog armed with a GoPro) tomorrow from 12pm-2pm (Eastern). Sadie will be giving virtual visitors a look at Smith and its talented team of Smithites.

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Celebrating Your Craft With Craft Beer

Posted October 22, 2014

Beer and advertising – they go very well together. As does bourbon and advertising, wine and advertising, tequila and advertising…you get the idea.

With the Lotus Awards no longer taking place in Vancouver, the Canadian west coast advertising community was in need of a new event to celebrate and appreciate their labours. With this in mind, the Beer & Idea Appreciation Society was created.

The first gathering will take place on Wednesday, November 12 at the new Steel Toad Brewery in Vancouver. At the event they’ll be playing a reel of everyone’s work on a 19-foot projection screen that will be in HD. There won’t be any awards given out. Just love and respect for creativity.

Any company, artist or freelancer/independent creative person attending can submit up to three pieces to be shown. Static images will show very well, but they’ll also accept video files up to 60 seconds long. Send your work to beerandideas@gmail.com by Friday, October 24th.

More info can be found on the Eventbrite ticket page, or on the Society’s Facebook page. Sounds fun. Have a great time Vancouver!

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Lisa McCoy Joins Transcend3

Posted October 8, 2014


The Transcend3 team is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa McCoy as co-creative director. The Toronto-based communications agency is excited to benefit from the breadth of knowledge about the English Canadian market she brings. McCoy has already put her talents on display in helping develop the agency’s new campaign for Lycée Français de Toronto, a school based in France that’s found a home in Toronto. With McCoy on board, the agency’s unique bilingual and tri-cultural background in one senior creative team — boasting a deep and ongoing knowledge of English Canada, Quebec and France — has been strengthened even more.

A picture of McCoy is above along with an image from some of Transcend3′s new work for Lycée Français de Toronto.

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Emil Möller joins Community Films

Posted October 1, 2014

Los Angeles-based production company Community Films is pleased to welcome Director Emil Möller to their roster for US representation.

As a director, Möller brings together intimate moments and uses stunning imagery to bring them to life, applying a cinematic scope to special stories steeped in beauty and full of emotion. His current commercial film portfolio includes engaging projects for TOMS, Volvo, Etsy, Ladbrokes, Levis, Sony and Pepsi (below).

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Sam Brown joins Imperial Woodpecker

Posted July 30, 2014

Imperial Woodpecker is delighted to announce that Sam Brown has joined their roster for commercial representation in the U.S.

Sam has produced award winning work for clients as varied as Lexus, Samsung, Audi, Adidas and Virgin Media, who’s “Fantastic Journey” spot received a best direction yellow pencil at D&AD. His music video for Jay Z’s Grammy winning “On to the Next One” has been called the music video of the decade (below). Imperial Woodpecker looks forward to continuing his tradition of eclectically beautiful work.

View Sam Brown’s reel.

Sam continues to call Rogue Films home in the U.K., along with the full roster of Imperial’s directors.

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