Impactist + Cartoon Network + Kids = POPSICLE REMIX

Can’t stopsicle, won’t stopsicle.  Put on your new kicks for the new mix, because “Popsicle” has a remix.

Given top secret materials and instructions from the gang at Cartoon Network, we were charged with remixing “Popsicle”, the music track we had previously delivered earlier this Summer.  CN reached out to their awesome audience with the network’s own CN Sayin’ app.  Kids were challenged to sing back the four note mnemonic jingle into the app while it recorded.  Once collected, we sorted and sifted through all the fantastic entries and chopped, pitched, and stretched them into this new package of remixes in several different durations for maximum flexibility in future use by CN.

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You can currently hear the “Popsicle – Remix” airing as part of Cartoon Network’s “New Thursdays” Campaign.

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“Popsicle” – New Music for Cartoon Network

Take your ears to the fun dungeon with new music we made for Cartoon Network’s Summer 2015 refresh. Check out the song we call “Popsicle”. No doubt, Clarence would tell you it’s worth it.

We were tasked with creating a song based on the four note Cartoon Network mnemonic jingle you hear whenever the CN logo pops up. Done and done. Then we broke down and recomposed the song into six other versions of different lengths for a whole package of sounds to be used throughout the Summer.  You’ve probably already heard it play on CN as the song that kicks off the CN broadcast day with the emoji filled 6am sign-on, as part of their “New at 6″ Summer campaign, on the Cartoon Network CN Sayin’ app on your phone, and various other promos between shows.

Can’t just listen to Popsicle nonstop on repeat?  Your playlist is a miss? Your bearstack is whack? You can always listen to previous tracks we’ve made for CN like “Wires”, “Glazer”, and “Wintertone”. Or, check out the rest of our catalog available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, etc.

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Blend + Impactist

Join us in Vancouver, BC on October 16 & 17, for Blend, a new design and animation conference brought to you by Jorge R. Canedo Estrada and Wine after Coffee.

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Go Fargo, Go Wilfred

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OVLA Copyright Basics

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The OVLA (Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts) has kindly invited us to share our experience where copyright issues have come up for us as creators.  We will be joining attorney Karen Wetherell Davis and photographer Jan Sonnenmair.  We plan to discuss our own history with discovering, stopping, and preventing infringements with the audience of the ongoing OVLA Legal Basics Series for Creatives.

The event will take place Thursday the 23rd of April from 12:00 to 1:30pm at Portland State University in room 290 of the School of Business Administration.  Further details and registration for the panel are available on the OVLA website.

Perhaps our past experiences can better inform your own dealings with copyright issues going forward or at least shed light on how creatives like ourselves deal with infringements personally and professionally.  Register in advance and we’ll see you there.

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The League Season 5

We’ve been sitting on a stash of trophies.

For season 5 of the FX series The League, we created an episodic package for the semi-improvised comedy about 6 friends going to absurd lengths to be crowned the winner of their fantasy football league, and thus win the coveted “Shiva” trophy.

Season 5 also saw the series move from FX to FXX. In keeping with the new network’s tone, we used a pointed color treatment, loose analog lens effects, and varied sequential capture methods to complete the package. It’s all about the win, so we built a ton of custom trophies to share the stage with the ever present Shiva. Trophies and other oddities from a non-sequitur sort of man-cave all mix and mingle in the package.

We also crafted the package for Season 6 which we’ll share more about soon.

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FX – The Bridge

To promote the first season of The Bridge on FX, we were provided an illustration of a bisected body and tasked with producing a :15 sec ID/tone piece around this simple image. We did this using sequential photography, painted illustrations, and other live elements selected for their visual connection to the street exteriors of Ciudad Juárez. A matte painted look was sought and combined with in-camera diffusion while a shifting multi-plane arrangement separates and rejoins related elements.

The FX Networks series The Bridge follows two police detectives (one from Mexico, and one from the U.S.) in a joint effort to investigate a serial killer after a woman’s bisected body is found spanning the center of the bridge that links the United States and Mexico between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez.

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Wilfred Seasons 3 and 4

Four, three, two, one.  Four mind bending seasons and then it’s done.  Farewell Wilfred.  We had a great time creatively straddling the line and hanging over the edge just a little bit with these packages.  So to wrap it all up, we put together a couple short montages of the elements that comprised the episodic packages we delivered to FX and FXX for season three and four respectively.

“Everything has to do with everything.” -Wilfred

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