FX – Wilfred Promos

To promote the new FX series “Wilfred”, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann, the team at FX Networks approached us to work with them to create a toolkit for use in broadcast, web, and print.  A variety of titles, character designs, and graphic styles were developed over the course of our collaboration resulting in a decidedly low-fi look that could be easily carried over to various media.

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The show centers on Wilfred, the new hot neighbor’s dog who appears to Wood’s character as a sociopathic man-dog in a grey furry suit, but as a normal dog to his owner and everyone else. Wilfred’s motives are that of a dog protective of his owner while also possessing the sensibilties of a loafing, beer drinking, pot smoking, oversexed male.  During our time with FX, we explored extremely crude and coarse narratives taking cues from Wilfred’s unique character traits along with softer, more innocent canine conventions.

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We delivered four final animated sequences in addition to high resolution elements for print usage.  These projects were created using sequentially cut paper shapes, hand drawn titles and illustrations using pencil and ink, and photographed charcoal and eraser textures all later combined in the computer.

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As this project was a toolkit of elements intended to be combined with other show materials, we compiled a short montage which includes the final animations and glimpses behind the scenes of our process during our collaboration with the fantastic team at FX Networks.

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Be sure and check out the “Wilfred” series premiere tonight at 10pm (June 23).  Like Spencer Tracy said, “There’s no such thing as a bad dog.” Well, except maybe Wilfred.

Link to QuickTime Version and Stills
Montage Audio Track: “Salvo” by Impactist







Attack of the Show!

Audio Track: “L.N.G. (AOTS Remix)” by Impactist.

A while ago, G4 kindly asked us to whip up something special for the 1/11/11 reboot of their daily digest of culture and cool, Attack of the Show! Or as its known to those long hip to this daily detonation of meta-meme-messaging, simply AOTS. The G4 team was keen on elements they saw in an earlier sequence of sight and sound we had created, so we reassessed, extended, and remixed fresh live action, still photography, and animation into a new main title sequence. Additionally, we composed a new full length music track that drives the new intro and plays into the show.

The dynamic sequence serves as a striking non sequitur from what precedes it with staccato sounds and images dripping with self referential visuals only fully observed via repeat viewings.

AOTS has an incredibly intense and outspoken fan base, so the team at G4 had the incredibly tough task of making adjustments to a program that is under such extreme scrutiny. New set, new host, new show, new awesome. G4 was fantastic to work with and we appreciate the opportunity to contribute to a program that has rightly earned itself a dedicated audience that can dole out both fierce affection and loyal criticism.

Additional Stills and Credits







I Can See Clearly Now…

We’ve re-encoded, resized, and replaced the projects we have hosted on Vimeo.com, making them available in HD.

Some of our work contains textural elements with fine detail and film stocks with visual grain. When aggressive compression algorithms are applied to content that possess these details, the results can be less than optimal with shifted color palettes and blocky artifacts.

Of course, the original uncompressed masters are pristine and these hosted files remain encoded for fast online playback, but they are vastly superior in visual quality compared to the files they are replacing.

Happy viewing!







Looking For You

Promo for “Looking For You” the final track off of our Last Heist EP.

Link to Stills.

Additional Last Heist Promos:
Spheremetrical (Here With You)
The Magical Number Seven
Micrhomage (Community)

Reminder: Impactist Music – Fifty Purr-cent for Pets in September. Buy any album, track, or variety of tracks at online retailers like iTunes and Amazon.com from August 27, 2010, through the month of September 2010 and we will donate 50% of the reported proceeds directly to the Oregon Humane Society located in Portland, Oregon.