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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Kodak Verichrome Rescue

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A roll of completely exposed Kodak Verichome film from over 70 years ago sits waiting to share its secrets.

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After wrestling the film from the spool and into a processing tank, the chemical process can begin.

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Once dry, the film gives up a story told only in images.

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Overlapping exposures from a possibly malfunction camera populate the strip.

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Fogging from years of radiation cloud the frames and soften the pictures.

With just a few simple chemicals, the power and persistence of analog capture is demonstrated nearly seventy years later.

Kodak HC-110, Dilution B.  8 minutes.  Cold 62F.

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AGFA = Always Great Film, Always

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